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by wodesorel
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Uth without insulation?
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: Uth without insulation?

I have always used pads that reach from top to bottom, covering all the substrate, so if its working for you I would not recommend a change. Having the UTH that close to a wall will actually act as insulation. Less air flow means more heat buildup in the gap, and that will reflect back into the tank...
by wodesorel
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: Lighting

CFL bulbs (coiled flourescent) aren't considered the best option, as their output is erratic and extremely low. Testing shows the UVB dispersal is only close to the bulb and in a very tight cone. Florescent strip lights are much better at covering an enclosure, and those cost a bit more. For reptile...
by wodesorel
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: Lighting

Yep, I remember UVB being important when I had crabs years ago. It's still personal choice, as it isn't something they need for survival. The cost can be prohibitive, as the fixtures and bulbs are expensive, and the bulbs must be replaced every 6 to 12 months depending on brand because they only pr...
by wodesorel
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: Lighting

Crabs don't need sunlight to process calcium, their bodies work differently than vertebrates. Any kind of lighting during daytime hours will work to give them a normal day/night cycle, but if you wanted to go with UVB you may notice more activity and brighter colors.
by wodesorel
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Please clarify: why bake/rinse sand?
Replies: 5
Views: 191

Re: Please clarify: why bake/rinse sand?

Where it's been mined from. Sand beds usually occur in ancient streams, rivers, lakes and oceans - formations that are gone and buried for millions of years. There are pockets of sand all over the place, and each one is going to have a different composition due to the rocks that were weathered to fo...
by wodesorel
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Please clarify: why bake/rinse sand?
Replies: 5
Views: 191

Re: Please clarify: why bake/rinse sand?

Any of the quikrete sands are safe, I've been using all-purpose in one of my tanks for a few years now. You don't need to do anything to playsand because its already been washed and sterilized. Honestly, the other sands are safe to use as is. We don't recommend doing anything to them. If you are ser...
by wodesorel
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Aquarium fertiliser
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Aquarium fertiliser

Aquarium fertilizer is made to be taken up by all parts of the plant, like a bath. It isn't going to have any affect on terrestrial plants, especially not in such small amounts. Maybe look into organic terrarium fertilizers for amphibian enclosures? Those should also be crab safe, so long as they ar...
by wodesorel
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Bugs!
Topic: Food mites on my crab
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: Food mites on my crab

It may annoy him but it won't hurt him. Something caused their numbers to go a little crazy, so they are out hunting for a meal. I would change the food out more often, and maybe scoop a bit of sand around the bowls when you do. That should help bring the population back down.
by wodesorel
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Hermit crabs are dying off for no known reason
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Hermit crabs are dying off for no known reason

I'm worried about humidity level as well, that one can be a slow killer if it's too dry. Not sure if you are in the humid part of Texas or the desert part? If that isn't it, then it could be contamination by something. When I've had this happened I gutted everything, changed the substrate completely...
by wodesorel
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Has anyone seen their hermit crabs catch (wingless) fruit flies?
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Has anyone seen their hermit crabs catch (wingless) fruit flies?

I had received dried anole food once that was fruit flies, crabs wouldn't touch it. (Ignoring completely how absolutely horrible a food like that exists for reptiles that need live insects.)
by wodesorel
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Hermit Crabs won't touch new substrate with Play Sand in it
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Hermit Crabs won't touch new substrate with Play Sand in it

Oh my gosh if you've had them 15 years then you know more than we do! The people who came up with the 5:1 blend have had their crabs for half of the time you have. Calcium sand by itself really is dangerous as they cannot molt in it. Many OG crabbers have always used the EE with a bit of calcium san...
by wodesorel
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Brand for small amount of sand?
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Brand for small amount of sand?

For your size tank, a 50 pound bag of sand and two blocks of EE would give you about 6 to 7 inches. Every 10 pounds of sand takes up the space of about one very packed down block of EE. The Pure playsand looks like it would be safe, just obviously very overpriced. I just bought a 50lb bag of Quikret...
by wodesorel
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Red tick parasitic to hermit crab
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Red tick parasitic to hermit crab

We have never seen anything like these before, they are so much larger than the mites that have been discussed in the past. They also seem to be able to dig into the setae and grab hold, which is also a new observation. Can you reach out to a marine sciences department at a local university? If they...
by wodesorel
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: BLUE Antennae!
Replies: 10
Views: 449

Re: BLUE Antennae!

This was from xeno, not sure if she updated what happened
http://hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/ ... 8&t=119349

And my guys, who eventually all blended in together
http://hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/ ... 8&t=116734

I wish they would stay this way!
by wodesorel
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: BLUE Antennae!
Replies: 10
Views: 449

Re: BLUE Antennae!

Freshly molted? He'll probably darken to a mulberry in a few weeks. I occasionally get vibrant molters like this, but its very random and never lasts.