Indo Hermit Crab (Coenobita brevimanus):
Origin: East coast of Africa and south-west Pacific Ocean. It has also been reported in East Africa, the Philippines, Japan, China, and Taiwan
Size: up to 7-10 cm
Water pH: semi-terrestrial species
Difficulty Level: Easy
Indo Hermit Crab (Coenobita brevimanus) is in fact the second largest hermit crab of our world and can reach size of coconut with weight of 230g. Another remarkable fact is that this species may live up to 70 years, so a life long pet isn’t it?
Hermit Crabs are not fully fresh water animals, so they need both types of water, fresh water and marine water – so you should keep two bowls in vivarium in the same time and clean them twice a week. Also do not use tap water as it is chlorinated what is deadly for crabs, let it settle for 1-2 days before use first.
Also water bowls should be deep enough to let animals fully submerge.
As substrate can be used any clean river sand or aquarium sand and cocos with layer of dried leaf litter. Substrate depth is 5-15 cm as they are burrowing.
Feeding should be once per day, they are feeding on vegetables, fruits, meat and seafood, aquarium fish food. Calcium source is a must – cuttlefish bone or plain white chalk will do the job perfectly.
How to prepare salt water – 35 ppt
Seawater ranges in salinity from 33 to 38 ppt. The average salinity of ocean water is 35 ppt.
- Weigh 35 g of salt.
- Add the salt to a beaker and add fresh water until the total mass is 1,000 g.
- Stir with a stirring rod until all the salt is dissolved.
IMPORTANT INFO: Crabs coloration may vary, some of them can be brighter, but some – more dull.
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