Included is one juvenile Panther Crab (Parathelphusa Panthernia) - a fully aquatic crab that originates in Indonesia. This is one of the very few types of crab that can live fully immersed in water at all times, so they are able to be kept in any freshwater aquarium. These crabs would make an excellent alternative to a crayfish because they are less aggressive. Additionally, they do not develop huge claws like fiddler crabs or some other types of crabs do.
We ship these out as 2 to 3 inch juveniles, but they can grow up to 5 inches in diameter including their legs and claws (their bodies alone grow to about 3 inches in diameter). Panther crabs are known for their lovely amber-orange coloration and markings, as well as their lively personalities. They are very active and do not spend all of their time under rocks. Crabs are not too commonly seen in aquariums, so this crab is sure to be a true showpiece in yours!
Panther Crabs are friendly with their own species and may be kept in groups together. They can live with most kinds of fish and other aquatic life, but they may go after dwarf shrimp or small snails (though this can be a good thing if the snails are unwanted!). Their claws stay fairly small, so only bottom-dwelling fish would run into trouble with them.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- pH level range: 7.5 to 8.5
- Temperature range: 76 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit
- Water type: Soft to hard
- Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Fast-moving fish (such as danios or guppies). Large Cichlids can be aggressive towards crabs and should not be kept in the same tank.
- Additional notes: Panther Crabs need hiding places such as caves or plant cover. They tend to make frequent escape attempts, so it is best to keep them in an aquarium with a cover. Panther crabs will eat invertebrate pellets, algae wafers, and bloodworms.