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Questions On Larvae Tank

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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Wed May 09, 2018 11:00 am

GotButterflies wrote:I’m sorry- I laughed so hard at your heart attack comment! you have to do what you feel comfortable with!


Haha these darn things give me daily heart attacks!

So I’m at day 12 and I’m seeing “wings” on some of them. Any idea what stage this might be? I didn’t see anything comparable in the other threads on here.
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Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Thu May 17, 2018 9:06 am

I had to go to work, but I counted at least three Megalopa this morning! Finally!
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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: GotButterflies » Thu May 17, 2018 10:53 am

Woo hoo!!! Awesome!!! Sounds like you are doing great! :)


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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: mlakers » Thu May 17, 2018 11:30 am

Oh, wow!! That's fantastic!!
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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: Isastfu » Thu May 17, 2018 9:16 pm

Ahhhh I'm really hoping everything goes well. They're so cute!!


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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: GotButterflies » Tue May 22, 2018 10:13 am

Any updates? Would love to see pictures!!! :banana:
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PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Wed May 23, 2018 1:23 am

GotButterflies wrote:Any updates? Would love to see pictures!!! :banana:


Once the first ones started changing to megalopa it was like a chain reaction. I only have two zoeae that aren’t megalopa now. But these things love attacking each other, so I’m down to just a few overall.

Good news is at least one megalopa has become very aware of its butt and started trying on some shells tonight (well, it put its head down in the shell with its rear sticking straight up out of it, but I guess that’s progress). Probably a sign that I need to stop slacking on the transition tank, just in case...

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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: GotButterflies » Wed May 23, 2018 8:15 am

Oh my gosh!!! That is awesome!!! You are doing great!!! Looks like a little lobster!! :) Congratulations!!!!! :cloud9:
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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Thu May 24, 2018 11:34 pm

Mama crab has been acting rather suspicious the past few days and sure enough she has a new batch of eggs and they look about ready for the drop. I told them no more breeding this year! Lol

Unfortunately, I’m going to be out of town more than I’m home the next month so a second attempt isn’t really feasible right now.
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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: GotButterflies » Fri May 25, 2018 11:34 am

Sounds to me like you need to cancel your plans!!! ;)

Edit: I mean...come on...where are your priorities? LOL!!! You have a crabbing community to support here!!!
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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Sat May 26, 2018 9:02 am

GotButterflies wrote:Sounds to me like you need to cancel your plans!!! ;)

Edit: I mean...come on...where are your priorities? LOL!!! You have a crabbing community to support here!!!


Haha somehow I feel like my boss wouldn’t understand “My crab is pregnant and I need be the surrogate for the next month.”
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PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Thu May 31, 2018 7:30 pm

Well bad news. I had to leave for a 2.5 day trip for work. Before I left I moved the final surviving megalopa to a transition tank. He seemed active in there and was trying on shells when I left. When I came back he was out of the pool without a shell and dead. It really looked like a crab though! The body was orange and the abdomen was a dark pink color. He almost looks alive but there’s zero movement. RIP little Spartan crab.

It was a good run. Maybe I’ll try again someday.

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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: wodesorel » Thu May 31, 2018 8:11 pm

I am so so sorry! You got so stinking close. :(
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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: stella » Thu May 31, 2018 8:52 pm

Aww, no! :(
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Re: Questions On Larvae Tank

PostAuthor: GotButterflies » Thu May 31, 2018 11:51 pm

Bummer! I’m so sorry for your loss! You did so awesome at this attempt! Really!!! <3 Be proud of what you accomplished and please also tell us what you did to make it this far!


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