Types of Freshwater Crabs

If you want to have freshwater crab as a pet, then know that these crabs can be kept as a single pet or as a part of a community.

The crabs can keep the water of the aquarium clear by eating the impurities like fish food or dead plants. Below are some of the types of freshwater crabs that may interest you.

Mini Crabs

Mini Crabs

These are also known as fiddler crabs and owners usually keep them because they are easy to care for. The species is native to the lagoons and swamps of Florida. The crabs usually like spending time in driftwood, rocks and other kinds of decorations that make it possible for them to climb and to hide.

Red-Clawed Crabs

Red-Clawed Crabs

These crabs are native to Asia and they can often be found in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore. They are known to be scavengers and they feed on different kinds of materials and they aren’t picky when it comes to food.

These live for about 4 years and they prefer hiding under rocks, ceramic ornaments or wood. Usually they are more active during the night. It is important to seal the aquariums because the crabs are great escape artists.

Gold Claw Crabs

Gold Claw Crabs

Just as in the previous case, this one comes from Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. They can live for up to two years if the water is clean and if there is enough decaying material for them. It is interesting to know about the crabs that one of the claws is larger than the other.

These crabs wave their larger claw before mating as a form of communication. The male crabs have a white edge on their claws.

Soap Dish Crabs

Soap Dish Crabs

These aren’t as friendly as the other kinds of crabs. They need to be transported in soap dish containers so that they won’t kill each other – this is where they got their name from.

There are many other types of freshwater crabs that you can wish to have in your aquarium.

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