Breeding Journal: Clibanarius tricolor (blue-legged hermit crab)

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  1. kbb0118

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    Breeding Journal DataSheet

    General
    Species: Clibanarius tricolor (blue-legged hermit crab)
    Social Structure: a group of at least 1 dozen
    Size of Individuals: varie from 1/4 to 1.5 cm
    Age of Individuals: unknown
    Date added to Tank: Random different times scattered over 2 years

    Broodstock Tank Details
    Size of Tank: 65 g
    Substrate Details: oolite sand
    Filtration Details: Algae turf scrubber
    Water Changes: almost never
    Water Temperature: 79-81F
    Lighting: LED reef light
    Lighting Cycle: On at noon, off at 9:30p
    Other Tank Inhabitants: Pair Ocellaris, pair mandarins, flame angels, diamond watchman goby, pair cleaner shrimp, 1 sexy shrimp, RBTAs

    Broodstock Feeding Details
    Food Types: everything, mostly pellets & live black worms
    Feeding Schedule: 4x daily

    Spawning Details
    Date of First Spawn: ESTIMATED at 11/19/2011
    Spawn Time of Day: unknown
    Dates of Consecutive Spawns: unknown
    CourtShip Details: unknown
    Egg Size: unknown
    Egg Color: unknown
    Egg Count: unknown

    Hatch Details
    Hatch Date: 12/3/2011
    Hatch Time of Day: after 8pm
    # Days after Spawn: unknown
    Larve Description: 2-3 mm clear, look like lobsters under the microscope. Mostly swim backwards? Gravitate towards the vessel bottom

    Larval Tank Details
    Temperature: 79-81F
    Size of Larval Tank: small specimen container, hanging in the broodstock tank
    Substrate Details: none
    Other Tank Decor: none
    Filtration Details: none
    Lighting: LED reef light
    Lighting Cycle: on at noon, off at 9:30p
    Water Changes: 50% daily

    Larval Feeding Details
    Food Types: L-rotifers, parvocalanus, live t-iso
    Feeding Schedule: once daily I check the amount of rots and parvo

    Metamorphosis/Settlement
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    Size at Transfer:
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    kbb0118

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    I'm making a few assumptions here. Like since I caught larvae, i assume that a spawn & hatch happened though I didn't witness it. The larvae do not look like L.ambionesis (cleaner shrimp) and the only other crustacean I have is a single sexy shrimp. All my hermits are blue legs and the larvae look like hermit larvae photographed in others' threads.

    Matt P: http://www.masm.org/mForums/tm.aspx?m=35894

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    Nice going Kate. You are just rocking with the breeding. The saying at TCMAS is going to be:

    Don't come a knocking when Kate's reef tank is rocking. :gay1:
     
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    go through your hermits and pick out the females holding eggs. just move them to a hatching tank and wait.

    maximum numbers of larvae.

    Also, what do you think of hermit shells made by 3D printing? color coded shells in a range of sizes for grow out purposes.

    I've been thinking about hermits for awhile, haha
     
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    Chad I thought of you as soon as I figured out these were hermits. LOL! Chad the hermit guy :gay1: I have a lot of research to do to succeed with these guys. I'm not sure I can fit them in. I gotta figure out why I'm killing clownfish larvae first and since I have parvocalanus copepods going I was going to try breeding a wrasse :biggthumpup:
     
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    Photo of one of my adult hermits

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    Is that one that you raised?
     
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    No - it'd be nice if they grew that fast!
     
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    How did the ones you raised do? did they survive?
     
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    I ended up with like 3 and I think they got washed away with water changes. I was focused on culturing the clownfish...and these are really small!!
     

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