I think i've turned into a back yard breeder :-/

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    04-11-2008, 04:44 PM
I think i've turned into a back yard breeder :-/

No this doesn't have to do with horses, but it does have to do with animals and reproductions and the owner (in this case me and my fiance) doing nothing about it

We have 5 Fiddler crabs, 3 males, 2 females. There is clearly a dominate male that has attracted BOTH female crabs. We saw the male and one female in the act and we could do nothing to separate them (He had a strong hold on her)

So now I believe we have around 200,000 babies floating around in the tank. From what Tom and I read it's extremely hard for the babies to make it in captivity because they need special food and have to be living in the ocean.

We don't have the space to set up another tank for them (we are maxed on all usable space to any sort of set up).

One female did lay her eggs in the water a while ago, and we're still at 5, so i'm hoping that the babies won't make it.

I'm not looking for advice (i.e. Get a seperate) just thought i'd share.
I wonder if you can spay/neuter fiddler crabs...
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    04-11-2008, 05:11 PM


Yikes! Lol

Those fiddler crabs sound more "active" than rabbits.
    04-11-2008, 06:21 PM
Hmm, yeah. I'd probably do the same Appy. I'd just hope the babies don't make it.
    04-11-2008, 06:35 PM
If you want to get rid of the babies you can put them in a bucket with chlorinated (tap) water.

I know it sounds horrid but I don't know how attached you are to them...
    04-11-2008, 08:24 PM
Those fiddler crabs sound more "active" than rabbits.
I know! It's crazy!

I'd just hope the babies don't make it.
You're not the only one. We do have a filter, so we think that it will suck up the crabs and stuff, but honestly, we don't know...

If you want to get rid of the babies you can put them in a bucket with chlorinated (tap) water.

I know it sounds horrid but I don't know how attached you are to them...
I think if they start to appear (as of right now like microscopic. Like you can see the little black dots in the water, if they're floating around, but you can't see any shape or anything) we might take that route.

We're really not attached to them. They don't come out to play or anything, they don't have any names, they're just kinda there.

I'm really hoping the conditions aren't right for them to live. I know that sounds mean having around 200,000 crabs is a little too much. Especially for a 20 gallon tall tank
    04-11-2008, 09:34 PM
Random question:
Why do you have crabs anyway?
    04-11-2008, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
Ahhahahhaa 200,000?!?!?! Sorry im laughing at you ;)

Im sure it will be ok ;)
    04-11-2008, 11:00 PM
Green Broke
Appy! That's alot of baby crabs!!!! :o
    04-11-2008, 11:27 PM
I bought guppies five once and they all ended up being pregnant. You know how many baby guppies for flying around my goldfish bowl? So many, that I swear they were breathing them in so I moved them to bigger tank and only about two dozen made it. I was giving guppies away for MONTHS, the rest died and then the dead fish bacteria killed my living fish and now I have no guppies.

Another crazy breeding story:

A friend of mine bought two "female" hamsters. NOPE. Six babies. Aww... omg! A month later there were 8 more, then two of the original six babies got pregnant (including the original mom hamster), and so on and so forth. They ended up eating eachother, eventually aver they had so many hamsters running around ONE cage they ended up having to flush some of the newborns (that was so sad!) but it didn't help and ended up having to get two tanks. Eventuallyl they donated the younger hamsters to one of their friends because he had a SNAKE. That's so mean, but what are you going to do when you have TWO tanks full of hamsters.... and let the grown up ones go outside somewhere.
    04-11-2008, 11:42 PM
Hahaha!! I'm so sorry Appy, but your post was hilarious!! 200,000 potential babies? Yup, backyard breeder.. times 20! I don't know why that was so funny, but it was!
Appy, you're not a backyard breeder - they probably won't make it... :)

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