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so i finally managed to complete my set up after 2 weeks of putting it together. I'm not sure why it took so long, I think I decided to take my time with it.

enjoy and as always, comments are welcomed!
front tank shot

right side

right small "pond"

middle part

left side, water pump fixture

left small "pond"


i know the front of the tank shows the egg crates and etc.. but i'm ok with it. the tank begins on top of the substrate so it doesn't bother me.
i was really worried that it wouldn't come out the way i wanted it to but after couple of tries, i'm really happy the way it came out.

i just need some more plants in the tank now.. hehe :D as of now i have peacock moss, purple bamboo and Chamaedorea cataractarum.

i received the purple bamboo slightly dry and weak.. i'm hoping it'll spring right back up. the Cham Cat. is really nice which I purchased from hydrophyte.

what do ya'll thing? i made this to replicate natural habit for vampir e crabs
 

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Oooh I think that will be great for vampire crabs! We'll need more pics when they move in. :D

The only suggestion I have is regarding the water hose. I saw a video on YouTube where someone used umm something that was small and you could hardly see it. I can't remember what it was but I'll look for that video. It was in a rain chamber for tree frogs.
 

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hmm, i was contemplating on the leaf litter but decided not to because i believe their natural habitat is more by streams of water. they graze and roam around hidden areas within the rocks. they've been climbing the thing nonstop since i put them in tonight.

as for plants, i'm up for suggestions! thanks :D
 

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Looks great. Are you in NYC?
I would add some leaflitter because there is leaf litter EVERYWHERE. Also, if you add isopods (which Vampire crabs will eat) they will be able to have a better area to reproduce in.
 

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^thanks for your comments!
yep, i'm in nyc :D
as for leaf litter, i may add them just to give them cover i suppose. i realized the front area is a bit 'bare'... i wanted it like that for viewing but mabye they'll appreciate it.

as for isopods, do they need them for reproducing? i've been trying to search intensively on their reproductive patterns and have come with with very little..
 

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haha yeah... I believe that many of the crabs in the geosesarma genus in the hobby are newly discovered species, so there is very little information on the natural history and behavior of these species. I also understand that the exporters of the crabs keep their location a secret so that they don't have any competition for the export of the crabs.

Do you know what species you're keeping? Post some pics!

Also, I dug up some old posts I've done on vampire crabs, and here are some more links on them:
http://www.panzerwelten.de/forum/forum-53-page-1.html
Geosesarma sp. newer varieties

Oh, and I just wanted to add that Iodine is an important nutrient for the crabs so that they can molt properly, so don't forget about it!
 
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