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by CrabbySquirrel
Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: Re-doing the crabitat
Replies: 28
Views: 3843

Re-doing the crabitat

It's been well over a year since I did anything major with the crabitat. I have algae growing in most places along the sides, and I'm feeling like a deep clean and re-do is due. Also, I used to have 6 crabs, but now only 3 are out on a regular basis -- I literally can't remember when I last saw any ...
by CrabbySquirrel
Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Molting, Dead, or ???
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Molting, Dead, or ???

I have 6 crabs in a 55 gallon tank -- I have 3 out and active most nights, but the other 3 haven't been seen in a long time -- as in, I can't remember seeing them this year! :shock: There is no "dead fish" smell, or anything else I've noticed, it still smells fresh, heat and humidity are good, fresh...
by CrabbySquirrel
Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:18 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Empty shell just under surface
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: Empty shell just under surface

Update: I think it's like me-n-my-hermikids said and perhaps someone just dragged a shell down with them and buried it part way. I notice that those 2 were at it again today :roll: .....not sure what's up with that. There are newly washed shells, plenty of food, and we've never, ever had a problem w...
by CrabbySquirrel
Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Empty shell just under surface
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: Empty shell just under surface

That's just it -- I'm not sure he just didn't change shells. He obviously wanted to change - that's why he attacked the first one. Then I cleaned the entire shell shop and washed them all in warm salt water and put them back....so I can't be sure that he just didn't find a new shell and change into ...
by CrabbySquirrel
Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Empty shell just under surface
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: Empty shell just under surface

Well, looking at another similar thread, I used a soft brush and dug down in the area I found the empty shell. I thought I saw something an inch or two down that "could' have been a naked crab - but I reached the area and found nothing. :( . I have no idea where this crab could be right now -- and I...
by CrabbySquirrel
Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Empty shell just under surface
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Empty shell just under surface

Woke up this morning to another surprise... background: several days ago, we came upon a crab fight where a crab in pearly white shell was attacking another one for the shell. We dunked them in freshwater, separated them, and let it be. The attacked crab went up high and has sought refuge from the s...
by CrabbySquirrel
Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Not sure what's going on...
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: Not sure what's going on...

Update: after we separated them, the attacker went under and I haven't seen him since. The one being attacked (Lucia) climbed up high into a tree and has stayed there since. I have only seen her come down from there one time for some water and then go back into the tree. Is that normal for a stresse...
by CrabbySquirrel
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Not sure what's going on...
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: Not sure what's going on...

Yep - hubby came and dipped them (they were attached at that point) and it still didn't help. After a little more careful coaxing, he got them apart and we put them at opposite ends of the tank. We have plenty of shells (or so I think - about 3 per crab to choose from), and they have fresh food in t...
by CrabbySquirrel
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Not sure what's going on...
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Not sure what's going on...

2 of my crabs have been down for a while....last night, I noticed one of them near the surface, but still kinda buried so I left it alone. This morning, he was right at the surface in a big crater, on top of another crab that has been down molting. I opened the glass door to the tank and heard lots ...
by CrabbySquirrel
Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Can you microwave crab water?
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Can you microwave crab water?

Cool! That will be so much easier than what I currently do! :)
by CrabbySquirrel
Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Can you microwave crab water?
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Can you microwave crab water?

I keep my salt and fresh water for the crabs in gallon jugs in the fridge (based on suggestions I had received way back when I first started). So being in the fridge, the water is cold when I pour it into the containers. Can I microwave that water to bring it up to a more suitable temperature, or do...
by CrabbySquirrel
Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Please tell me about bacterial bloom, etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Please tell me about bacterial bloom, etc.

That's good to know! And just as an extra, here's the picture..... http://i1368.photobucket.com/albums/ag181/chickpea616/68d3eb034221b9268819ba75c09d9a20_zps4s4jjzse.jpg The middle one lower in the tank is my reflection, LOL, and if you look in the left side, you might just spot the crab that is dig...
by CrabbySquirrel
Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Please tell me about bacterial bloom, etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Please tell me about bacterial bloom, etc.

I was just about to get the dishes out of the tank and fill them with tonight's food and treats when I noticed some green-ish looking sand along the side of the tank -- it's in 2 different spots (i'll try to get a pic up later)... a little background: I setup this new 55 gallon last November (2014) ...
by CrabbySquirrel
Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: 55 Gallon Tank Setup Questions and Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 1494

Re: 55 Gallon Tank Setup Questions and Suggestions

I setup a 55 gallon just last year - If I remember correctly, I used 3-4 bags of play sand (since it's so cheap, I would get 4 just to be safe), 1 EE brick per bag. I got the 11x47 Ultratherm that CallaLily mentions above and it just meets up with my substrate line. I also would highly recommend a f...
by CrabbySquirrel
Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: Way too humid?
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Way too humid?

I just refilled my moss pits (one large, one small) with fresh moss today and the humidity is reading 99%! I only have a sliver of an opening (big enough for the bubbler tubes). Is that too humid for the crabs? (My humidity is regularly in the 80's, but 99% is the highest I've ever seen on my readou...