Pom Pom Crab (Ptychognathus Barbatus)

Qty: 1 Crab
Sale price$16.99


Pom Pom Crabs, also knows as Cheerleading crabs, are some of the hardest crabs to find in the aquarium hobby. This fully aquatic, freshwater crab is found in Southeast Asia, parts of Africa, and Australia, and is one of the least aggressive crab species in the hobby. Due to it's super friendly and non-aggressive behavior, it can be kept in any community freshwater tank. Although it is extremely peaceful, we still recommend being careful and keeping a very close eye when housed with dwarf shrimp. Pom Pom crabs are small and only grow to be 1.25" - 1.5".
They are truly a rarity and an incredible species overall.
Pom Pom crabs are scavengers and will accept pretty much all foods.

Pom Pom Crabs eat a big variety of foods such as: 
  • Algae Wafers
  • Pellets
  • Flakes
  • Bloodworms
  • Brine Shrimp
  • Decaying Plant Matter
Care for them:
  • Tank size(Minimum): 10 Gal
  • Care: Very Easy
  • Temperature: 70-80
  • PH: 6.8-7.5
  • Lifespan: 1-2 years
  • Max Size: 1.5"

Purchase size: Small


Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Nothing To Hold Onto During Shipping

The tiny piece of screen material that was put in the bag was floating around the top while the crab was getting squished in the corners of the bag. When you ship any animal other than snails in bags, the bag should either have the corners heatsealed, taped, or tied to round the bottom of the bag.

The crab seemed to have paralyzed legs for a while after acclimation but then suddenly they began working again and he ran off and hid. Haven't seen him since. I hope he's burrowed in the sand and doing OK.

Hello. We ship all our animals to the best of our abilities. We put the mesh in the bag so the crab has something to hold on to. The crab’s legs were not “paralyzed”. Pompom crabs will retract their legs as a defense mechanism when scared or stressed, mimicking a small rock. Once they feel safe, they will open up and start exploring. This is totally normal behavior. We’re happy to hear that your crab arrived well and is already burying in its new home. Cheers.

Marcie Donnelly
Cute little crabs

These little guys are adorable, i added them to my shrimp tank and so far they are well behaved. They like to hide a lot but when you see them they’re fun to watch.

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