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!
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.