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by Pelagic
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 149

Re: Is this a flood??

Do you see any bacterial blooms? Though you'll smell something nasty, and the sand will look gray. Kinda rare with isopods in there though.
by Pelagic
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 149

Re: Is this a flood??

I'm doubting flood, but it may be drying out and that makes it harder, which makes it harder for the crabs to tunnel/breath. I think I'd add some water and mix the substrate up by hand to sort of "fluff" the bottom to loosen it up. But that's me, others on here might have more suggestions.
by Pelagic
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 149

Re: Is this a flood??

Hard and heavy usually sounds more like it's wet but drying out. Or it could just be the pressure from the top. But you would see water pooling with a flood. Can you dig straight down to the bottom and leave the hole for a little while (like a half hour) and see if water pools? If not, it's not floo...
by Pelagic
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Owner - Started completely wrong!
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: New Owner - Started completely wrong!

RODI....is that reverse osmosis? From what I have read, not everyone is in agreement as to whether RO water is appropriate for crabs or not. Personally, that is what I have always used - for both my fresh water and for mixing the Instant Ocean into to make my salt water. I have had my crabs for alm...
by Pelagic
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 149

Re: Is this a flood??

What do you mean by the sand is packed? It just needs to be sand castle consistency (as in you can build a sand castle and it can hold the form - makes for good tunnels), you would know if it's a flood because it would be pools of water. I'm not seeing calcium listed in their diet. They need a lot t...
by Pelagic
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: How much substrate?
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: How much substrate?

A lot here don't even do a cleaning at all, unless there is a bacterial bloom or flooding. I understand wanting to get rid of the gravel though. My 50 definitely has smaller dimensions by a few inches and 3 bags of sand and EE gave me 7-8 inches (measure, my shallowest was 7 and my highest was 8). Y...
by Pelagic
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Owner - Started completely wrong!
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: New Owner - Started completely wrong!

Yes, you can use dehydrated fruits and veggies, just make sure there aren't any preservatives in them, sometimes they'll add stuff to keep them longer. You can feed them almost anything so long as it's not preservatives. Eggs (with the shell, cooked or raw) is a good source of protein. Shrimp, vario...
by Pelagic
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Isopods
Topic: Adding Isopods to Main Tank
Replies: 19
Views: 1554

Re: Adding Isopods to Main Tank

Lmbo I am always paranoid about everything. I saw her today eating from a carrot and does not have a yellow underbelly full of babies anymore. The thing I am paranoid now is about if she was never pregnant because I don’t see any isopod babies (mankai or however you spell it) Edit: Oops, I meant pa...
by Pelagic
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: How much substrate?
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: How much substrate?

Quickrete has multiple types of sands and some have cystalline silica, so just make sure the bag doesn't have a warning for it. I'm pretty sure the playsand ones are free of it, but I just wanted to put that out there. I have a 50g tote and 3 bags of sand and 3 bags of EE gave me about 7 inches of s...
by Pelagic
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Isopods
Topic: Adding Isopods to Main Tank
Replies: 19
Views: 1554

Re: Adding Isopods to Main Tank

AwesomeHermit wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:33 pm
Thanks for the reminder. Its been days since I saw the one Isopod. I am probably paranormal, but I would think that I would see her again by now.
Oh really now? :crabbigsmile:
by Pelagic
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Built in 5 gallon Marine tank...How to cycle?
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Built in 5 gallon Marine tank...How to cycle?

The smaller you go the easier it will be to crash your tank. Like stated, research nano aquariums. But they are hard to maintain, especially that small. That's why bigger aquariums work better, they're harder to crash once they've stabilized. And it can take weeks, sometimes months to stabilize a ta...
by Pelagic
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: condensation
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: condensation

The only possible bad things from a lot of condensation is the possibility of tank flooding or a bacterial bloom. But we'd need to know your humidity number. Like stated, your crab could have just been in a water dish.
by Pelagic
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Crab looks dead, out of shell
Replies: 7
Views: 81

Re: Crab looks dead, out of shell

They need more calcium in their diet, they devour their molts to help replenish that. Could be possible the attack occured for that. Also, each crab should have 3-5 shells...if you have two that means 6-10 shells. It would help to answer all the questions for emergencies so we can see what your set ...
by Pelagic
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Newbie-ish. [emoji23]
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: Newbie-ish. [emoji23]

I hear people have flooding issues with EE only, like stated above it dries fast at the top but stays soaked at the bottom. Sand helps with that. And EE helps said retain even moisture. The sponges were originally meant to help raise humidity. I'm guessing people didn't understand why they were used...
by Pelagic
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Deciding which tank!
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Deciding which tank!

Welcome to the crab world!

29g sounds good, as long as you get your 6+ inches of substrate you'll be fine.