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by finleyfoo
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hermit crab and cat - how to protect crab
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: Hermit crab and cat - how to protect crab

I have a plexi glass lid that sits on top (inside the rim). It it hinged so that it opens halfway. If I jostle it, it can fall into the tank. So I would be concerned that it could be knocked down with enough jostling. What did you use to hinge it? I just put a plexi lid on my tank and right now it'...
by finleyfoo
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hermit crab and cat - how to protect crab
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: Hermit crab and cat - how to protect crab

I have a plexi glass lid that sits on top (inside the rim). It it hinged so that it opens halfway. If I jostle it, it can fall into the tank. So I would be concerned that it could be knocked down with enough jostling.
by finleyfoo
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hermit crab and cat - how to protect crab
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Hermit crab and cat - how to protect crab

For those of you who have hermit crabs and cats. How do you prevent the cat from possibly going over the tank and getting in there to get the food or the crabs themselves? I have never had a house cat but we are considering one and it occurred to me that unlike a dog (which I do have experience with...
by finleyfoo
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Keep crab as a singleton or add a friend?
Replies: 2
Views: 563

Keep crab as a singleton or add a friend?

I have read and heard that hermit crabs are social creatures who thrive with other crabs. I adopted 2 crabs at the end of the summer and one crab died as a result of molting complications. Bluey has been a singleton for over a month now. There is a chance now to take in a crab whose owner no long wa...
by finleyfoo
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate is too wet?
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Substrate is too wet?

I will try the pencil test but I am pretty sure that it will be fine as I think there is maybe too much wetness. I have the water pools on some rocks/pebbles and when I change them out, I try to sop up any residual water with paper towels. Bluey seems to be able to tunnel fine as far as I can tell. ...
by finleyfoo
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: I finally saw Bluey eating!
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Re: I finally saw Bluey eating!

I have been trying to tempt Bluey out to eat some other things in the evening but she waits until I am not watching! I want to see it again!
by finleyfoo
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate is too wet?
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Substrate is too wet?

Got it about the tunnels. I was only planning to do this when Bluey was at the surface.

I am a squeamish person in general about icky things. But holding Bluey does not bother me. Of course I have never been pinched yet. That might change things.
by finleyfoo
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate is too wet?
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Substrate is too wet?

I will check if it drips. I am a bit squeamish about grabbing it!

Just curious - why not pack it down? Not that I did...
by finleyfoo
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate is too wet?
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Substrate is too wet?

I suspect the substrate is too wet. I have Fluker's All Natural Premium Sand Substrate, which I used straight out of the bag. I don't wet the substrate any more than how it came but there is a lot of humidity in the tank (around 89%). Bluey doesn't seem to have had a problem with digging tunnels tha...
by finleyfoo
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: I finally saw Bluey eating!
Replies: 3
Views: 655

I finally saw Bluey eating!

Bluey tends to be inactive during the day (either buried in substrate or in her moss jar) and then comes out in the evening to play around. I tend to go to bed early so I don't see her too much. Last night, before I went to bed, I checked in on her and she was sitting in her food dish, holding down ...
by finleyfoo
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: To handle or not to handle?
Replies: 11
Views: 1094

Re: To handle or not to handle?

Thanks so much for posting. I had heard of Carol before and her relationship with her crabs is amazing!
by finleyfoo
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: To handle or not to handle?
Replies: 11
Views: 1094

Re: To handle or not to handle?

I appreciate all the differing viewpoints. I do understand that they are wild animals but they are living a captive life and part of that in my opinion is relating with their owners. There are plenty of other prey animals who are pets and do learn to acclimate over time. For now, I am going to keep ...
by finleyfoo
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: To handle or not to handle?
Replies: 11
Views: 1094

To handle or not to handle?

I rescued 2 crabs this summer from the sidewalk at the beach. My larger one died in September after a molt. My second one was under at the same time and came up on her own and I believe she molted as well. She has settled into a nice routine the past few weeks - she will bury under substrate during ...
by finleyfoo
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Best Way to Monitor Humidity and Heat
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Best Way to Monitor Humidity and Heat

I did the salt calibration test. The analog was 15 below (55 when it should have been 70). The digital was 10 above (80 when it should have been 70). I could not adjust either but at lest now I know. So if my analog has been saying about 70% really it has been 85% which is of course why I see conden...
by finleyfoo
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Best Way to Monitor Humidity and Heat
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Best Way to Monitor Humidity and Heat

I have a 20 gallon glass tank with a glass top that is hinged. I have 6 inches of substrate and 2 water pools with bubblers. I also have moss in the crabitat. I have a dual thermometer/hygrometer - analog purchased at Petsmart - for monitoring. It tends to show about 70-75 degrees F and about 70-75%...