Above: In this picture is a nice premium quality Freshwater Batik Crab.
Comments: These are crabs that you rarely see in live fish stores. Premium crabs like these crabs are more hardy and more colorful than crabs from other sources. Click here for more about our Premium Freshwater Crabs.
Behaviors: They usually stay at the bottom of the tank, and have quite an interesting personality.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include any community fish, some small fish may be easy for these crabs to get their claws on, so watch out. Click hereto read more about compatible groups of inverts.
Temperature: This crab can live pretty well from about 70 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable from about 75 to 78 degrees F. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.
Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
Water Conditions: This crab can tolerate a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best. Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water. Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
Aquarium Size: These guys can do well living in a 20-gallon aquarium, but of course bigger is better.
Decor: These crabs do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Rocks, and out of water areas would be an excellent addition for these guys. Click here for more about aquarium gravel.
Live Plants are beautiful, improve the water quality. Click here for more about aquarium plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 200B in an aquarium with 20 to 30-gallons is OK. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: This crab can live for a few years.
Breeding: There have been some attempts with breeding these crabs, and females have released eggs that have hatched, but we know of no success in feeding and raising the baby crabs.
Popularity: These freshwater crabs are rather popular.
Names: This species name is Metasesarma obesum.
Variations: We know of no variations.
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