Pom pom Crab (ptychognathus barbatus)
Pom Pom Crab (Ptychognathus barbatus)
The Pom Pom Crab, scientifically named Ptychognathus barbatus, is a delightful freshwater crab known for its fascinating appearance and unique behavior. Its common name is derived from the anemone-like structures it holds in its claws, reminiscent of cheerleader's pom-poms. These crabs use the anemones for both defense and food collection, making them a captivating addition to the right aquatic environment.
- Distinctive anemone-bearing claws
- Compact size suitable for nano tanks
- Primarily a detritivore, feeding on microorganisms
- Exhibits unique behaviors related to its 'pom-poms'
- Peaceful temperament; perfect for community tanks
How to Keep:
For Pom Pom Crabs to thrive, provide them with a well-established tank that has plenty of hiding spots using rocks, driftwood, and plants. They appreciate gentle water flow and clean water conditions. While these crabs will forage for food, it's advisable to supplement their diet with fine sinking pellets or similar crab-appropriate foods.
- Scientific Name: Ptychognathus barbatus
- Temperature: 22 - 28 °C
- pH Level: 6.8 - 7.8
- TDS: 100-200 ppm
- GH: 5-12
- KH: 3-10
- Lifespan: 2-3 years
- Size: Up to 2.5 cm
- Diet: Detritivore
- Behavior: Peaceful
- Breeding: Moderate difficulty