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I know there are several crab species in the lake, but I can find very little info. Does anyone know of any tanganyikan crabs available to the aquarium hobby, or where to get them? I want to get a large square tank (maybe 48"x48" or 60"x60") for shell dwellers , rock dwellers, and crabs with an island in the middle where the crabs could come out of the water without being able to climb out of the tank. I could use fiddler crabs, but I don't think they are from tanganyika.
 

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I don't think I have ever seen them in the hobby, maybe in germany or something.

I have read that they're borderline impossible to keep alive in transit so that may be the cause. I would make sure you're going to stock with one of the larger more boisterous shellies before you dump any kind of crab in there. I've never done it but I can just see a fiddler crab hovering over a multi shell with the poor little multi's tail in it's pincher!
 

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I saw one in my LFS the other day. Crustaceans generally will try/succeed to eat the fish while they have their shells. And the fish will eat the crustacean when it molts, regardless of hiding places. If I were going to try a Malawi crab I'd tailor a tank just for it.
 

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I saw some at Atlantis cichlids.net last summer. They were expensive though. They also had some shrimp from the lake.
 

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I have seen them in the Netherlands, germany and Polen in the last few months. 2 or 3 different species.
 

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Thanks for the input. I think if I do set this up I will use fiddler crabs fo a few reasons. 1 I have kept them before. 2 they never killed any of my fish 3 if you provide them with an island they spend much of the time out of the water. 4 they cost $4 - $6 around here.
 

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Crabs eh? My wife is a big fan on our Tanganikyan eel, but I would have never expected a crab! LOL Gotta check out those links, prov.
 
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