Gold Leg Matano Crab (Parathelphusa ferruginea)
The Gold Leg Matano Crab is extremely colorful, fully aquatic, and fun to watch in the aquarium!
The Gold Leg Matano Crab (Parathelphusa ferruginea) is a fully aquatic freshwater crab that is relatively new to the aquarium hobby. Its purple carapace is complemented by legs that are gold and sometimes also lilac in color. As its name states, it is native to Lake Matano in the Sulawesi lake system of Indonesia. There are very few truly aquatic freshwater crabs, so we are very excited to offer this crab for your home aquarium!
Care for the Gold Leg Matano Crab is nearly identical to the very popular Panther Crab (Parathelphusa pantherina). Like all predatory crabs and crayfish, they can try to eat fish and other inverts like snails and shrimp. Like all Sulawesi animals, it requires water with a much higher pH and temperature than many other freshwater animals. It is fairly hardy and undemanding as long as these conditions are met. Like nearly all crabs, it is an opportunistic, omnivorous scavenger that requires a varied diet of mostly meaty foods such as sinking pellets and frozen foods such as bloodworms. The Gold Leg Matano Crab is territorial and must be provided with multiple hiding places, especially when kept with others of its kind. It can be safely kept with some active fast moving fish species, but there is no guarantee that it will not attempt to prey on sluggish or sleeping fish. As far as we know, it has not yet been bred in captivity on a widespread basis.
Though it is considered fully aquatic, the Gold Leg Matano Crab is not afraid to leave the water. Like the Panther Crab, it is quite an escape artist and it must be kept in an aquarium with a fail-safe cover. While it does not require a land portion in its habitat, it will certainly use such a feature.
- Bright purple and gold coloration
- Active and unique in appearance and behavior
- Fairly uncommon in the aquarium trade
- Excellent scavenger
- Temperature: 80° - 85° F (26.7° - 29° C)
- pH: 7.8 - 8.2
- KH: 5 - 8 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 20 gallons
- Diet: Omnivorous scavenger. Sinking invert pellets and other meaty foods are necessary
- Warning! Avoid any food product, medication, or plant fertilizer that contains Copper of any form. Copper is toxic to invertebrates. Many commercial fish foods, medications, and plant fertilizers contain copper or more commonly copper sulfate. Always look at the ingredient list for any product going into the aquarium to ensure they are copper free.
- Social behavior: Aggressive and territorial. Ample hiding places are necessary for multiple specimens
- Origin: Lake Matano in Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Average adult size: 4-5 inches (11 cm) in diameter
- Average purchase size: 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter