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by wodesorel
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Shell theft victim naked for last 16 hours - what to do?
Replies: 15
Views: 420

Re: Shell theft victim naked for last 16 hours - what to do?

Rinse him off and put him into a small clean, substrate-free container with some clean shells his size. Make sure it has a lid. He looks ready to moult, and if he does it could actually turn into a murder scene. The small space will get him to focus on retaining a shell and keep him from further inj...
by wodesorel
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Water
Topic: Saltwater or freshwater misting?
Replies: 4
Views: 352

Re: Saltwater or freshwater misting?

Salt should be used carefully. It never leaves once it is added, so it can accumulate over time to unsafe levels. If you were to deep clean regularly it wouldn't likely be an issue, but if you are doing the bioactive never-change-the-substrate thing, then you could be looking at issues with too much...
by wodesorel
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Two crabs dead in their pool with no shell!
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: Two crabs dead in their pool with no shell!

I'd like to see the emergency questions as well before saying anything for sure, but the humidity levels you have described were not dangerous. If 43C isn't a mistype, how hot did your actual tank get?? Crabs can overheat. At 30 it becomes a risk for some hermits to shell ditch, the warmer it gets, ...
by wodesorel
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: Should I dig up my molter just in case?
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Should I dig up my molter just in case?

I'd monitor that closely, but if neither has moved in 3 weeks there is a very good chance they are both moulting.
by wodesorel
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Small water pools water quality?
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Small water pools water quality?

pH will vary with where you are at in the world. It's not worth messing with and it isn't super important to aim for a certain reading. Freshwater will vary from around 6.5 to 8.5, with 7 being neutral. Oceans sit around 8.2 to 8.4, and Instant Ocean will also duplicate that for the most part withou...
by wodesorel
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Building a multiple tank stand soon, but I have weight questions
Replies: 16
Views: 564

Re: Building a multiple tank stand soon, but I have weight questions

I totally get what you're saying though. My husband had to move a 10 gallon that was 90% filled with sand and molters, and it wasn't all that bad for him to carry up a flight of steps and back again a few days later. I need him to dump a few inches of tank water when emptying an aquarium though, and...
by wodesorel
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Building a multiple tank stand soon, but I have weight questions
Replies: 16
Views: 564

Re: Building a multiple tank stand soon, but I have weight questions

I have 8-9 inches of sub and I bet I can slide the whole thing around on a tile floor. Not that I would but it seems much lighter than it did as an aquarium. A lot of that is the difference between a solid bottom heavy load of sand, and the properties of trying to move a liquid that wants to stay i...
by wodesorel
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Heat Pads
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Heat Pads

I have both Flukers and Ultratherm, and they are extremely similar. The only difference is one brand has to be ordered online.
by wodesorel
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Building a multiple tank stand soon, but I have weight questions
Replies: 16
Views: 564

Re: Building a multiple tank stand soon, but I have weight questions

A moist sand mixture can weigh up to 16 pounds per gallon. If you fill it half full, you'll be looking at up to 440 in just the substrate alone. An empty 55, depending on the age of the tank and the brand, can weight between 70 and 170 pounds. (I have a 170 pounder, from the 1970's. My husband said ...
by wodesorel
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Rescued a large hermy questions about his exoskeleton
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Rescued a large hermy questions about his exoskeleton

Dry looking exoskeleton can be an illusion from lower humidity, or it can be a sign that they are a long ways out from their last moult. The really big guys only go down every year or two, and their exterior takes a beating during that time. It's thicker so there isn't much damage, but visually it c...
by wodesorel
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Aquasafe by Tetra
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Aquasafe by Tetra

@hermiesguardian I've just received the Prime conditioner.. I make up a litre at a time. Its so concentrated I'd have to use 0.025 ml to 1 litre of water.. I've looked for a less concentrated Prime but can't find one.. How do you use it please? Thanks You can dose it out at 2 to 4 drops per gallon,...
by wodesorel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Need help identifying a new hermit
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Need help identifying a new hermit

No, all hermits can use a combination of legs and their large claw to block the opening. It has a lot to do with the shape of the shell and how well it fits, as to what all will be exposed.
by wodesorel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Strange behaviour
Replies: 14
Views: 502

Re: Strange behaviour

This is kinda normal crab behaviour, not even moulting behaviour, but just general goodly crab weirdness. I know how shocking it is when they suddenly start doing something new to them! I've had my Rug for almost 4 years, and last month she dug herself out a permanent burrow for the first time. Actu...
by wodesorel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Redness around joints?
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Redness around joints?

Bright colours in the joints can happen post moult, and it tends to fade the farther out it gets from the last time they went down. I've had them come up sporting near neon yellow, and bright orange joints before, and it usually lasts only a month on the biggest crabs.
by wodesorel
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Is it possible for a hermit crab to die in its shell and not fall out when picked up?
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: Is it possible for a hermit crab to die in its shell and not fall out when picked up?

I found one once at the pet store that had mummified in it's shell. There was no smell and it looked like it was all closed up tight.