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by Sweet Pea
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate temperature
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Substrate temperature - update

Just a follow up on heating the substrate. I placed a 4” x 6” ZooMed heater on the side of the tank under the soil level. It’s been five days, and I’m impressed with the effect that little heat pad has had on the soil temperature. One inch from the glass the sub temp is 84*. Six inches from it the s...
by Sweet Pea
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: 8' x 4' custom enclosure ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: 8' x 4' custom enclosure ideas

I've seen some really cute smaller greenhouses used inside as reptile enclosures and have often thought that would be fun to try for hermit crabs. Of course the price tag on those is crazy...
by Sweet Pea
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate temperature
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Substrate temperature

Most of us don't check the substrate temperature. Some of the more scientific crabber do, but in ten years I never have. It is more important to ensure that the air is heated to the proper temps, then the sub will be a bit warmer near the surface and cooler further down - crabs can choose the temp ...
by Sweet Pea
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate temperature
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Substrate temperature

Is there an optimal temperature for the substrate? The air in my crabitat ranges from 72*-82*. The substrate, however is only 72* a couple of inches down and at its deepest spot it's only 70* which is the temperature of the house. This is a 225 gallon tank with 1/2 inch glass. I know that normally i...
by Sweet Pea
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Crabs Needing a Home
Topic: 4 crabs need home Monroe, WI
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: 4 crabs need home Monroe, WI

It’s a long way, but if you are ever headed to the twin cities I can take them.
by Sweet Pea
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Crabs Needing a Home
Topic: Hermies need a new home Twin Cities, Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: Hermies need a new home Twin Cities, Minnesota

I could take some of them in. I have a 225 gallon planted bioactive tank and have been keeping hermit crabs for ten years.
by Sweet Pea
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Ficus pumila (creeping fig) and other "structure plants" - Q
Replies: 1
Views: 538

Re: Ficus pumila (creeping fig) and other "structure plants"

I've been keeping plants in my crabitat for years now. The hardiest plants in my experience are spider plants, asparagus ferns, pothos, and philodendron, and the crabs usually leave them alone. The creeping fig that I put into my tank died pretty quickly. I usually put them in in small pots and sink...
by Sweet Pea
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Live Plant Set Up
Replies: 6
Views: 1094

Re: Live Plant Set Up

I have had a fair amount of success with small potted plants in the tank. Everything is considered potential food for the crabs and I’ve usually got a few plants waiting in the wings for those times when the tank plants are destroyed. Spider plants are probably the most hardy that I’ve grown and are...
by Sweet Pea
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Bioactive Terrarium
Replies: 19
Views: 3484

Re: Bioactive Terrarium

I have a large tank for my crabs, 225 gallons, and only four hermits in the tank. They range in size from large to jumbo. The two larger ones need a minimum of 12" of sub for molting. Because it would add too much weight to the tank, rather than go with the entire bottom of the tank in substrate at ...
by Sweet Pea
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Live Plants
Replies: 11
Views: 2257

Re: Live Plants

I've been using live plants for years now. Spider plants are a good place to start. They are easy to grow, and if you start with one outside the tank it will regularly send off babies that can be moved into the tank. You can buy them from a Home Depot, etc. I wait a minimum of three months before in...
by Sweet Pea
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Bioactive Setup
Replies: 12
Views: 4037

Re: Bioactive Setup

My tank has been bioactive for well over a year now and is primarily isopods. They have gotten to the point where I will need to remove some, but I'm waiting for spring since it is still pretty cold here. Once your colony is going strong you will definitely need to add more leaf litter. In the winte...
by Sweet Pea
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Crab on the hamster wheel
Replies: 89
Views: 13860

Re: Crab on the hamster wheel

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would see a hermit crab on an exercise wheel. :)
by Sweet Pea
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: New Crabs
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: New Crabs

Here he is again.

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by Sweet Pea
Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:31 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: New Crabs
Replies: 3
Views: 251

New Crabs

I brought four new hermits home yesterday. I got them from a woman who took them in as a rescue. She'd had them for less than a year, and they all did back to back molts when they came into her care. They look to be in great shape. She thought they were all PP, but two of them are very blue, even th...