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Old 01/01/2007, 03:07 PM   #1
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Sand Fleas in an aquarium

Has anyone put "Sand Fleas" in there aquarium? They are small burrowing crabs from Florida, people use them to fish with. I was just curious

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Old 01/01/2007, 03:08 PM   #2
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never heard of them, sorry


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Old 01/01/2007, 05:01 PM   #3
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You can keep them in an aquarium but I'm sure they'd eat something. I don't know anyone who owns one so who knows what they'll do in an aquarium. They could eat stuff you want or they won't bother anything...not sure.


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Old 01/01/2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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You can keep them in an aquarium but I'm sure they'd eat something. They are really cool to watch, though. I don't know anyone who owns one so who knows what they'll do in an aquarium. They could eat stuff you want or they won't bother anything...not sure.


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Old 01/01/2007, 05:05 PM   #5
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Ooops posted twice...Sorry


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Old 01/01/2007, 05:15 PM   #6
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i think they are filter feeders


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Old 01/01/2007, 05:51 PM   #7
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they're called mole crabs, and we've got them here in CA, they inhabit most beaches, the ones i get can be around 2 inches

i've kept them in a 24 gallon nano cube with no problems (except for the mantis shrimp! ) the current of the nano cube allows them to filter feed, and the tank was cycled so i think they had plankton and things floating around to snack on, but adding maybe marine snow occasionally or some brine shrimp might not be a bad idea!

my blue lobster and peacock mantis shrimp love them! the lobster molted twice in one month due to his diet! but be careful if you live in a polluted area, then these little guys may have diseases in them!

PS: If you live in CA don't bother trying to get the big ones until the summer/spring time, otherwise they're smaller than 1 cm during the winter, probably same in Florida, trust me, i've been doing this since i was 5 yrs old!


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Old 01/02/2007, 08:55 AM   #8
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I didn't know they were filter feeders. Cool!!! hahaha.


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Old 01/02/2007, 10:58 AM   #9
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I used them as bait once in florida when my family was visiting my auant & Uncle. They were about an inch long. Thanks for the replies.


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Old 01/03/2007, 01:18 PM   #10
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yup they're awesome fishing bait!

are you gonna try them in your tank?


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Old 01/03/2007, 01:20 PM   #11
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oops, almost forgot! apparently in hawaii they eat portuguese man o war tentacles or other carcasses that wash up on the beach also! but i've never seen it, only what i read!


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Old 01/03/2007, 08:13 PM   #12
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I'm thinking that if I can get some up here to MN when I get my aquarium established, I'm going to do that. They're kinda cute looking, and a bit differant.

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Old 01/04/2007, 09:23 AM   #13
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I love using sand crabs for bait with catching stripped bass.... hmm......


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look these up:
Emerita analoga
Emerita benedicti
Emerita brasiliensis
Emerita portoricensis
Emerita talpoida


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