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    I have been reading some interesting things on another website for breeding. HCA This woman in Germany had a salt water tank and machine that moves the water back and forth to simulate the ocean. In 2012 she successfully bred some hermies! She has pics of one little guy on her finger, it was as big as 1/4 the size of her fingernail! The shells are soooo tiny! It had to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Sooo jealous! I would love to be a grandma! It is something that I would love to do, BUT……….since you have to have specific conditions, machines, etc. it would be in the best interest of the unborn to not be born in the first place. I do not have the resources to do so, maybe some day…….hmmmmmm. Anyway, my big girl is not ever going to mate. I can’t tell you how many times her tank mates have tried to climb on top of her, only to get the BOOT! (or leg/claw) She is NOT going to let that happen. Smart girl! I guess Tiny and Patchy will never learn……..oh well………


    Very interesting! It’s not the first time I have heard of mating in captivity. Stu Wools-Cobb, an Australian, wrote out a description of his set-up and drew diagrams, etc for the Land Hermit Crab Owners Society Yahoo!Group. I’ll see if I can find it. The article was on the original CSJ site. Ahh! Here it is!



    I have a couple research articles where zoea were raised in a lab and most made it to land to make one molt to a true crab and then died. The docs list the set up used but if people studying marine biology can’t successfully raise zoea I know I can’t! At but wouldn’t it be fun!


    John Alpaugh

    My desire is to succeed at this at home. PP’s are considered to be one of the toughest broods. This gives me a greater margin of error. They live through temp. & humidity ranges. There are different mating “rituals”. Some species are fast while others take hours. A danger to the crab from drying. I myself will not post anything more about this until I have larvae viable to the naked eye. This is something that will take years, money and patience. I want to do it with equipment any crab owner has access to.

    I am in contact with Australians who are breeding. I would really like to see success in doing this world wide. My past had access to labs with perfect salinity, best filtration (live oysters) – filter feeders are important part of all crustaceans life cycle. They are even responsible for sand quality on the shoreline. Aussie friends are using an expensive lab. Currently it is not a viable solution to repopulate or satisfy the pet industry. May never be, dreams and hopes are just that without action.

    Message me if you want more on those having success, I will give you contact information and web locations.



    Is this the person you were talking about? Really exciting that she is getting so close!
    Curlz Cmx

    62 days old captive breeding – of breeding attempt no. 3
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