They will eat fish and anything that is slow moving. They tend to be at the bottom of the tank, so I'm putting them in my small tank where there's only mid-high level fast swimming fish. I also have a shrimp, assassin snails and a cory there, but I think they will be able to take care of themselves. I might have to move the assassin snails to the other tank.
Sorry folks, still haven't got them yet. My wife is a big fan of combining trips. So she won't allow me to go just to get the crabs. And wouldn't you know every time it's a combo trip, the store was either closed, it wasn't the last stop home or something else. So far, we've passed by the store 5 times but it wasn't the right time each time.
OK, enough of the jocularities from me for the moment, hee hee.
I am looking forward to seeing some pix of your red claws when you eventually do get them. I have an idea of my own related to this adventure. You are seeking red claw crabs and I am seeking freshwater blue crawdads. When I was in elementary school, my Dad and I used to catch giant blue crawdads (crayfish) from the river. They were bright blue in color, almost sky blue and up to 8 inches long. We ate these, like mini lobsters. They were quite rare back then and I have not seen one like them since.
I would like to find some and breed them to restock the river if it is possible. I have found blue crayfish for sale on the web, but they are not the same as what I knew of when I was a kid.
These blue crayfish would look awesome in an indoor freshwater tank. They are very beautiful and BIG.
I strongly believe in the combined shopping trips and I do try to get my hubby to follow those rules. I have it down to a finely tuned plan each time we go. Have a little list of where we go first and work our way back home so as to not waste one ounce of gas. If he were planning it we would be all over the place, zig zagging and back tracking the whole time just like he does in the grocery stores. Drives me crazy and I usually say I'll see you at the check out line when you get done wandering aimlessly. Down one isle and then clear across the store and then back to the middle and on and on. We do have our own cars too so when he's on his own, he's on his own and he ruins all my hard saving plans. It's nice to know there are others out there like me. Hubby insists I am the only one in the whole world like this and now I have evidence this is not the case.
Hope John that one day your wife will have your crabs fit into her plan just right for the pick up
In my case it's a little different. I'll tell my wife I have to go by the pharmacy, and she'll want to run to a few other places, so off we go. By the end of the trip, the only place we HAVEN'T been to is the pharmacy, which closed an hour ago, so next day we do the whole thing all over again!
Sometimes it's all very confusing. Just today, on the way back from the gym, she asked me to combo my trip and get some mushrooms in a box. But once I got to the store I realized that there were different sizes of boxes, different types of mushrooms and sliced and whole! I don't like combo trips unless they're all my errands. I think I'll sneak out next time.