Crabs only wanting protein?

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Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by crabby33 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:23 am

Right now, my crabs are only wanting proteins and nothing else. I’ve tried feeding them a mix of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries but the crabs weren’t interested. But when I switched it back to bloodworms and shrimp, they started eating. I’m suspecting they may be pre-molt.

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Post by Hermiesguardian » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:49 am

Are you giving them other things in addition to the fruit?
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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by curlysister » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:18 pm

Just keep a mixture of good healthy foods in the tank at all time. Sometimes a food needs to offered a few times before they will take to it, other times they just have preferences. As long as you are feeding a mix of foods, following the food pyramid, they will choose what they need.
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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by crabby33 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:17 pm

Xeno, to answer your question, no, I’m not giving them other things in addition to the fruit. Maybe I need to try giving them fruit, vegetables, protein, calcium and fats in their food bowl. Then let them seek out what they need at the moment.
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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by Xenocrab » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:26 pm

Proteins and calciums are vital.

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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by crabby33 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:28 pm

I do give them shrimp and blood worms. That’s what they’re eating right now.

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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by Xenocrab » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:38 pm

They need foods for their exoskeletons. If they don't have any, yes they will cannibalize. They are scavengers. They will try to find what they need to eat. A molting crab would be perfect for them.

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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by crabby33 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:53 pm

I currently don’t have anyone underground at the moment. I only have two crabs. I apologize for the confusion. I think this is what I’m going to try:

Blackberry
Strawberry
Asparagus
Broccoli
Blood worms
Shrimp
Crushed Oyster Shell
Egg yolk

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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by Xenocrab » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:09 pm

That's a great idea! They require more variety of foods and it's actually quite easy. The care sheets on here are so helpful!

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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by crabby33 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:25 pm

I think that might be my issue. Is that I’m only offering them one thing and they want more variety. As soon I start offering more variety, they will start eating more.

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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by wodesorel » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:46 pm

Try different fruits, they like them much more than veggies and berries. Things like banana, apple, or orange.


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Re: Crabs only wanting protein?

Post by crabby33 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:00 pm

Okay, I’ll try offering banana, apple and orange.

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