Can I put vampire crabs with my hermits?

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Can I put vampire crabs with my hermits?

Post by FinalxFantasy » Thu May 23, 2019 3:40 pm

From what I've learned, vampire crabs are roughly the same size as medium hermit crabs and require similar care like all crabs. Would it be a good idea to get a couple and put them with my hermit crabs? Idk how aggressive they are. I have 6 medium sized hermits in a 50 gallon tank. Also sorry about not putting this in miscellaneous. I tried looking for it but only found it just now
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Re: Can I put vampire crabs with my hermits?

Post by curlysister » Thu May 23, 2019 4:29 pm

I do not think so. From my understanding, vampire crabs are freshwater crabs, while hermit crabs are land crabs. From looking online, the tank set up looks quite different than hermit crabitats.
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Re: Can I put vampire crabs with my hermits?

Post by aussieJJDude » Thu May 23, 2019 4:30 pm

No. I wouldnt suggest it. While much of their care requirements are similar, their habitat needed are very different. Vampires do well in a paludarium in comparison to hermies.


Perhaps in a larger tank where you could create zones suitable to both species... but in a well stocked 50g, I'd pass and keep them seperate.

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Re: Can I put vampire crabs with my hermits?

Post by FinalxFantasy » Thu May 23, 2019 4:36 pm

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No. I wouldnt suggest it. While much of their care requirements are similar, their habitat needed are very different. Vampires do well in a paludarium in comparison to hermies.


Perhaps in a larger tank where you could create zones suitable to both species... but in a well stocked 50g, I'd pass and keep them seperate.

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That kind of sux and i also see what the other persons saying. Do you think there's any other types of crabs i could put with the hermits when it's not as populated
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Re: Can I put vampire crabs with my hermits?

Post by Xenocrab » Thu May 23, 2019 4:40 pm

I personally would only keep land hermit crabs in the tank. Every species of crab is different and have different needs, not to mention they come from various habitats.

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Re: Can I put vampire crabs with my hermits?

Post by aussieJJDude » Thu May 23, 2019 6:24 pm


FinalxFantasy wrote:
That kind of sux and i also see what the other persons saying. Do you think there's any other types of crabs i could put with the hermits when it's not as populated
In a large tank, and its kept relatively undocked and can have areas that suit each species needs, then yeah. I do think its possible - reccomended on the other hand, probs not.


Even then, when mixing species I would only do if you're have kept each in seperate enclosures for a suitable time frame that you're comfortable in providing and well versed in their care. Mixing animals is a delicate process, and having a good understanding on each species is critical to ensure success - or understand when it simply is not working, and one to be removed.

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