cangrejo boxeador picasso

Scientific name Lybia tessellata
Descriptor Lattreille
Year of description 1812
IUCN category NE
Family Xanthidae
Genus Lybia
Lybia tessellata Lybia tessellata

Introduction

Lybia tessellata, commonly known as cangrejo boxeador picasso, is a little salt water crustacea.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    1.5 cm
  • Maximum size
    1.5 cm
  • Shape
    Ovoid
  • Average size
    1.5 cm
  • Maximum size
    1.5 cm
  • Shape
    Ovoid

How to recognize the cangrejo boxeador picasso ?

The cangrejo boxeador picasso measures between 1.5 and 1.5 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal.

The crab always has 5 pairs of legs, the first pair of which is transformed into claws. Unlike other crustaceans, its size corresponds to the diameter of the shell and not to the length of its body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    No
  • Venomous
    No
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

Like all crustaceans, The cangrejo boxeador picasso molts whenever it becomes cramped in its shell. Before the hardening of its new body, it is more vulnerable and spends a good part of its time hidden. This mechanism, very complex, allows the periodic renewal of the exoskeleton and part of the internal skeleton. It is also during the moult that the females become fertile.

The cangrejo boxeador picasso is a crustacea solitary. This species is scavenger . this crustacea lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark. Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

Although the cangrejo boxeador picasso is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.

Reproduction

Like crayfish, females incubate numerous eggs under their abdomen.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 25 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 0 m

Biotope presentation

Species of the same biotope

Main recommendations for fishkeeping

Deontology

In order to preserve wildlife, if you acquire this animal, it must not be released into the wild. See also, the Fishipedia charter.

Fishipedia supports the practice of responsible and environmentally friendly aquarium keeping. We encourage maintenance if it is motivated by a desire to understand the biological functioning of living things and if it is done with respect for animal life.

We believe that aquaristics is an opening to the discovery of aquatic environments, especially freshwater, and that this knowledge is necessary to better protect and respect these environments. Logically, we refute the compulsive purchase of animals that would not find a sufficient and / or adapted place in the host aquarium.

Our recommendations

  • Min volume
    0 liters
  • Population min
    not specified
  • Temperature
    22 - 25 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    8.2 - 8.4

Characteristics

  • Type of maintenance
    Aquarium
  • Maintenance difficulty
    moderate
  • Availability
    rare
  • Behaviour
    moderately aggressive
  • Robustness
    sensible
  • Environment
    salt water

General reminders

It is strongly advised to read the complete dedicated file and to get information on the feedbacks of maintenance of the envisaged animal, this to avoid any potential conflict whose end result is generally the death of the individual (or the other inhabitants). It is important not to overload your aquarium to limit pollution. This will make maintenance easier.

The realization of a seawater aquarium requires certain knowledge beforehand. Seawater is generally synthetic, consisting of reverse osmosis water and synthetic salt at a level of 33g / liters. It is also possible to take seawater directly (after making sure that the water is not polluted). The operation of a seawater aquarium is done in three phases: the installation of a living stone decoration, the introduction of invertebrates one month later, and the introduction of fish 3 months later. It is essential to wait as long as possible before to introduce the animals so that the micro-fauna has had time to develop well. The balance and the physico-chemical stability are fundamental for the success of this type of tank.

General reminder on maintenance datas

Le démarrage d'un aquarium est une partie primordiale pour l'équilibre et le bien-être des poissons. Lorsque l'on met en eau un aquarium, l'eau passe naturellement par un cycle biologique : le cycle de l'azote. Celui-ci dure environ trois semaines. Tous les 2 jours, nous vous conseillons de tester votre eau jusqu'à ce que le taux de nitrite soit à zéro pendant plusieurs jours d'affilée.

Pour accélérer ce cycle, vous pouvez utiliser un activateur de bactéries comme JBL Denitrol. Cette solution riche en bactéries vivantes et enzymes permet une mise en place rapide du cycle de l'azote. Les poissons peuvent alors être introduits plus rapidement.

Il est important de tester l'eau de son aquarium régulièrement pour maintenir un environnement sain pour les poissons et les autres habitants. Les tests d'eau permettent de mesurer les niveaux de différents paramètres tels que le pH, la dureté totale, ainsi que les taux de nitrates, de nitrites et d'ammoniaque.

Pour réaliser ces tests, vous pouvez utiliser des produits d'analyse spécialisés tels que JBL ProScan qui permet de réaliser un diagnostic de l'eau directement via un smartphone. Il existe également des coffrets de tests plus classiques de bandelettes, comme JBL PROAQUATEST.

En cas d’usage de l’eau du robinet, vous pouvez utiliser un conditionneur d’eau de type Biotopol de JBL pour éliminer les substances nocives comme le chlore, le cuivre, le plomb et le zinc. Les conditionneurs d'eau garantissent une meilleure santé aux poissons et une meilleure croissance des plantes.

Chlorine and chloramine are dangerous for the health of animals. Used to disinfect water, these agents are present in significant quantities in tap water. We recommend using an anti-chlorine agent every time you change the water. In addition to chlorine, treatments and medicines sold for aquarium use sometimes contain dangerous heavy metals in high doses.

Specific needs for the cangrejo boxeador picasso

The cangrejo boxeador picasso is a marine species which lives naturally at a temperature between 22 °C and 25 °C. For proper maintenance, the temperature should never exceed the 28°C for long periods. The cangrejo boxeador picasso is sensitive to abrupt changes in parameters as well as to chemicals. Its acclimation in an aquarium must be done with special care to prevent it from developing diseases or weaknesses. Nitrate levels should remain below 25mg/L. To keep the water clean and unpolluted, plan on changing 20% to 30% of the water volume each month. In seawater, it is also possible to remove nitrates using one of the following methods: Jaubert, denitrator on sulfur, biopeletts, vodka method.

The breeding of this species is accessible on condition of being well informed about its needs in aquarium . Any cohabitants must be chosen with care to avoid the loss of animals. This animal is somewhat more sensitive than others to environmental influences and water quality.

This species is very rare in the aquarium trade. Instead, it is maintained by knowledgeable aquarists who own and breed individuals from wild origin strains. If you want to get this species, we advise you to contact specialized clubs. }Specimens from long time breeding are a bit easier to breed but you have to respect the particular water parameters.

Copper is toxic to many invertebrates. Some fertilizers and aquarium foods contain copper sulfate and should be used with caution. Since The cangrejo boxeador picasso are sensitive to copper, we do not recommend using these products in any form.

Precautions to take with crabs

The maintenance of crabs is never easy. They are intelligent invertebrates with a high sensory sensitivity that need specific environments. They are generally quite solitary, and you will have to be patient to get to know each individual.

Cohabitation & Environment

The cangrejo boxeador picasso is a crustacea which it is advisable to maintain in specific aquarium. A 0 liter tank is sufficient to consider its breeding. Associating it with other species is not fundamentally impossible but a documentation work is necessary for the constitution of the population.

Due to their fragile state during moulting, all crustaceans need an environment provided with hiding places (roots, pebbles, leaves, plants, etc.) to shelter in case of danger.

It should be noticed that this species should not be kept with large crustaceans or fish, as it would become a prey of choice. Smaller species should preferably be inserted in the aquarium some time before the larger ones. Moreover, if you want to breed it, it is better to put them in a specific aquarium.

The species enjoys a particularly vegetation-rich environment. The addition of plants will provide many useful hiding places for resting. These areas are also conducive to possible breeding in the aquarium.

Tips for feeding

The cangrejo boxeador picasso is scavenger.

Reproduction protocol

  • egg-laying protection
    No

Hybridization risks

In general, it is advised not to mix several species of the same genus or different varieties of the same species, to avoid the risks of hybridization.

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