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by JoeHermits
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: coconut butter
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: coconut butter

I know what you’re talking about, I use it to cook once in a while.

Yes, it is safe for hermit crabs. It’s just the fatty oils from the coconut.


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by JoeHermits
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Isopods
Topic: Other bugs in isopod tank?
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Other bugs in isopod tank?

They’re probably just springtails. They won’t hurt your isopods or your hermit crabs.


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by JoeHermits
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Bugs!
Topic: Little mites on my crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Little mites on my crabs

Those wouldn’t be brought in by a crab. Parasitic mites latch on and won’t run around on a crab like that. Food mites live in our homes. There’s no real way of getting rid of them since they’ll just come right back. If they’re bugging you, change out fresh foods before they start to rot (within twel...
by JoeHermits
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Bugs!
Topic: Little mites on my crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Little mites on my crabs

Sounds like food mites, which are harmless. They’re attracted to warm, humid environments full of food.

Hermit crab mites will latch on to the crabs’ antennae, eyestalks, and leg joints. They can only be introduced by an infected hermit crab.


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by JoeHermits
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Strawberry HC
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Strawberry HC

Strawberries are just more sensitive, is all, but to what we don’t fully understand.

They never last more than a few years in captivity, but some have reported that UV lighting seems to help.


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by JoeHermits
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Artificial incubation and development temperatures
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Artificial incubation and development temperatures

This is cool, although I’m not sure if artificial incubation is practical for the home breeder. But, hey, you never know.

I wonder if we could try it with smeared eggs.


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by JoeHermits
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Salt Water Question
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Salt Water Question

It’s difficult to say how well an animal does in captivity since things like stress and bodily health aren’t always easy to measure. However, terrestrial hermit crabs of all species, including both strawberries and purple pinchers, have been found to be more active and live longer when given access ...
by JoeHermits
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Our Other Pets
Topic: What's harmful to giant African millipedes?
Replies: 14
Views: 746

Re: What's harmful to giant African millipedes?

Please do not get an illegal pet of any kind. It is NOT responsible to own a pet of any kind that has been deemed illegal, no matter what your intentions are. Not to mention the confiscation of your animal and the possibility of fines. There are simply too many ways illegal importation can go wrong...
by JoeHermits
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Hermit crab rocking another crab?
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Hermit crab rocking another crab?

It’s also possible that the new crab is trying to establish itself in the colony’s hierarchy.

Keep offering plenty of protein, calcium, and shells. If it’s just because the crab is new this should sort itself out.


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by JoeHermits
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: giant whale/shark eye shell??
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: giant whale/shark eye shell??

You can offer it, but considering how small and tucked in the coil is a hermit crab may have trouble fitting inside.


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by JoeHermits
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Warning: graphic photo attached
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Warning: graphic photo attached

purplepincher wrote:no
The last image didn’t load correctly, but I see it now. It makes me sad.


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by JoeHermits
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Warning: graphic photo attached
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Warning: graphic photo attached

I agree with RiNiKy506, it sounds like he got stuck and panicked.

Is he even still alive?


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by JoeHermits
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Buried crab vs. clean tank
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: Buried crab vs. clean tank

Salt water can help prevent the growth of mold. Having sand mixed in will also help by giving the mold less to feed on.


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by JoeHermits
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Sea sponge sterilization?
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Sea sponge sterilization?

They should be fine in the hammock. Some people offer bits of sponge as snacks. It’s when they’re in sitting water that they become iffy.


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by JoeHermits
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: How much calcium is recommended?
Replies: 25
Views: 782

Re: How much calcium is recommended?

abesze wrote:How about sand dollars? I read that it's a good source of calcium. Is there anything you need to do to sterilize it before feeding them?
Just boil it for a few minutes and you should be good to go.


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