Live Fiddler Crabs
Live Fiddler Crabs
These PUGnacious and colorful little crabs have a variety of uses. From being excellent sand-sifters in your tidal aquaria, to prime bait for sheepshead and other fish during outings where landing the big one is the priority! Or perhaps you would just like to add some diversity to your animal’s diet. These crunchy critters make the perfect snack for everything from fish to eels to lizards.
Fun Fact: My old quince monitor’s favorite snack was fiddler crabs. These and fresh crawfish were the only things that she’d eat during the end of her ovulation cycle in the spring.
6 Steps for Healthy Fiddler Crabs
Welcome to the wonderful world of fiddler crabs! This guide covers habitat creation, diet, cleanliness, socialization, and health monitoring. Perfect for new and seasoned owners alike. Get ready for a crustacean adventure!
1. Habitat: Fiddler crabs should be kept in an aquarium with at least 2-3 gallons of water and a land area for them to climb on. It’s important to provide fresh and clean water, as well as a source of humidity, which can be achieved through misting the enclosure once a day.
2. Temperature: Fiddler crabs need to be kept in a warm and humid environment, with temperatures between 75-85°F.
3. Food: Fiddler crabs are omnivores and will eat both plant and animal matter. Feed them a varied diet that includes commercial crab food, algae, frozen or live brine shrimp, freeze-dried krill, and small pieces of vegetables.
4. Maintenance: Fiddler crabs are messy animals and produce a lot of waste, so it’s essential to keep their enclosure clean. Remove any uneaten food, feces, and debris daily and change their water at least once a week.
5. Socializing: Fiddler crabs are social animals and do best when kept in groups of 3-4. Make sure there is enough space and resources for all crabs to avoid aggression or stress.
6. Observation: Observe your fiddler crabs regularly to ensure they are healthy, active, and getting along well with each other. Look for signs of illness or injury, such as discoloration, lethargy, or loss of limbs.