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by Motörcrab
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Baby Hermit Crabs + Crab Con Loot!
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Baby Hermit Crabs + Crab Con Loot!

It was an awesome event, if you like hermit crabs of course! Otherwise I'm sure it would be torture! Lol! I was wondering if it would get a little dull after several hours, it didn't. I know this started out as just an adoption weekend for Mary's babies. Then it slowly morphed into a convention. I h...
by Motörcrab
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Transitioning
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: Transitioning

Two bags would be plenty. Chances are you may have a about 1/4 of a bag left over. The substrate usually settles over time so you can add that in a few months.
by Motörcrab
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Transitioning
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: Transitioning

For guessing the amount of sand you will need 50 pounds per 10 gallons of aquarium will get you 6 or more inchesof substrate.
by Motörcrab
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Newest Additions to the Colony
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: The Newest Additions to the Colony

Dig slow and gently trying to find tunnels. Kind of how a cat scratches in a litter box. Once you feel a hole be even more careful and try to dig around the shell and save any uneaten exo you find so the crab can eat it later.

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by Motörcrab
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Newest Additions to the Colony
Replies: 5
Views: 186

The Newest Additions to the Colony

Unfortunately Lee Has Crabs is moving several states away and could not take his crabs with him. Luckily he is only 30 minutes away from Xeno and I so we decided to take them in. The scary part was we unfortunately had to go digging for one of them. We actually found two! They both have recently mol...
by Motörcrab
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: How hot is too hot?
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: How hot is too hot?

I keep my tank with straws and purples between 83-86. As Pelagic already said reaching 90 could be getting too high for them. Upper 80's I'm getting ready to cool the tank. If it hits 90 I'm blowing fans into the tank to cool it down. Crabs will either go into the water or dig into the substrate to ...
by Motörcrab
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Cuttlebone question
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: Cuttlebone question

They say that for bird use. Birds usually sit on perches and poop down to the floor. It just saves from having to clean the cuttlebone. I like to stick mine into the substrate so it resembles a tombstone. You can just lay it on the substrate too. You can even break them up into chunks and add them t...
by Motörcrab
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Soon to be new crab owner
Replies: 9
Views: 129

Re: Soon to be new crab owner

I see curlysister posted as I was typing my novel!
by Motörcrab
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Soon to be new crab owner
Replies: 9
Views: 129

Re: Soon to be new crab owner

Welcome to the HCA. The first thing you will learn on her is that most caresheets and items like food, substrate, and waters marketed for hermit crabs in pet stores are actually unsafe for them. Most stores see crabs as a cheap disposable pet. A parent will spend $50 on the kit for their kids first ...
by Motörcrab
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Worm castings
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Worm castings

How deep is your substrate? The general rule is a minimum of three times deeper than your largest crab, or 6 inches. It should be mixed with dechlorinated fresh or saltwater to sand castle consistency. Dry sand won't let your crabs dig and molt. I'm not sure if I would put the worm poop directly on ...
by Motörcrab
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 205

Re: Is this a flood??

First you can pinch the substrate to see if it falls apart. Similar to how instant ocean can clump up. If it falls apart like regular dry sand your substrate could use some water. If it is dry adding a little water like a 1/2 cup a day in different areas is best. It will allow the water to slowly wi...
by Motörcrab
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 205

Re: Is this a flood??

Your substrate on the bottom appears ok to me. Your upper layer looks like it may be a bit dry. Does it hold it's shape or does it fall apart when you pinch it? I believe substrate that is too dry can also kill crabs. I believe when their new experience is soft the dry sand can leech moisture out of...
by Motörcrab
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 205

Re: Is this a flood??

Do you use bubblers in your water or get a lot of condensation on the inside of your tank? Both of those can trigger flooding inside your tank. Then the flood brings on bacterial blooms. I would say if you have dripping wet sand even less than an inch there is a good chance you can have a bloom in p...
by Motörcrab
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 205

Re: Is this a flood??

Here are a few pictures of the grayish color I am referring to. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190716/e8876da36e8f1dafaebd72529782f875.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190716/df39b5f2d9cfbfc9f6dbf2b19853e3e9.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190716/15f54d8ac2c0713ee5346fb5f50c937e.jpg...
by Motörcrab
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 205

Re: Is this a flood??

How far down were your crabs you found after digging? Were they near or in the moist area? You may not have any major flooding but enough water pooled at the bottom to make it more wet. I would try to find a safe spot to dig where there are no crabs to disturb. Try to slowly hand scoop the substrate...