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by wodesorel
Thu May 30, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: Loss when it comes to shells, pics included.
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Loss when it comes to shells, pics included.

Nope, you want to measure the inside of the shell, from end to end, like this. Image

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by wodesorel
Wed May 29, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Eek! Swamped tank/bacterial Bloom and molters
Replies: 10
Views: 212

Re: Eek! Swamped tank/bacterial Bloom and molters

You should dig, this is the only time when it's an emergency. The crabs will drown if too far down into the water, and that smell is from bacteria growth which can also gas out the crabs and kill them. Get them out to safety and toss all the affected substrate!
by wodesorel
Wed May 29, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Dehydrating fruits/meats????
Replies: 5
Views: 191

Re: Dehydrating fruits/meats????

Anything can be dehydrated, but not everything stores well at room temperature. Jerky only lasts because of the heavy salt, and even then it should only be used for a couple of weeks. Dehydrated things freeze perfectly though, so you can always prep it all and store it in the freezer indefinitely! T...
by wodesorel
Wed May 29, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: I dug
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: I dug

This was extremely dangerous. When crabs are down, they are down for a reason and it means they are not ready or safe to be topside. They are extremely weak post molt, and they still smell yummy to other crabs. This could have easy gone south and ended up with him ripped to shreds overnight by his t...
by wodesorel
Wed May 29, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Thermometer issues???
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Thermometer issues???

You can also calibrate your hydrometers. I also got the accurite brand and when I calibrated them one was 7% off and the other 2, 3, or 5% off (too dry). It depends on the opinion of the buyer. 😊 THIS! ^ Any hydrometer needs to be calibrated, even the Accurites. They can be damaged or knocked aroun...
by wodesorel
Tue May 28, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Extremely concerning issue; potential extreme fight or sudden surface molt gone wrong - please read.
Replies: 15
Views: 391

Re: Extremely concerning issue; potential extreme fight or sudden surface molt gone wrong - please read.

It sounds like a surface molt, and the other crab took advantage of the situation to steal his shell. They won't normally give it up without a fight, even when they have just molted. Once you calm down a bit, without touching him, see how he's doing. He may have been severely injured, or he may have...
by wodesorel
Mon May 27, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Substrate in water?
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Substrate in water?

Perfectly clean sand would have little to no effect on water quality in the short term since it's an inert rock. The water shouldn't go bad any faster than it would just sitting out. However, sand is easily mixed with bits of poop and food which will cause problems. Ecoearth being organic (bits of c...
by wodesorel
Mon May 27, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: Ethically Sourced Shells?
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Ethically Sourced Shells?

Many of the shells sold commercially in bulk are byproducts of the food industry in other countries. Some species are even farmed for this purpose. If you stick with commonly available turbos, which the crabs love anyways, they generally are ethically sourced.
by wodesorel
Mon May 27, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hermit crabs going outside?
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: Hermit crabs going outside?

If you do decide to take them out make sure whatever they are in is partially in the shade. They could potentially overheat in direct sun and should always be provided a cooler area. Also be extremely cautious of escapes, if they take off you won't find them. We've had many people find hermits wande...
by wodesorel
Mon May 27, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Quick question on a fluker’s heater
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: Quick question on a fluker’s heater

I use an 11x29 Flukers pad to heat my 29 gallon. All I use is foil wrapped cardboard on the back and lid, and the tank stays at 80 even when my room is down into the low 50s in winter.
by wodesorel
Sat May 25, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: I accidentally brought a foreign creature home!
Replies: 19
Views: 596

Re: I accidentally brought a foreign creature home!

Copepod of some sort, and unfortunately they are marine creatures. He needs to either go back to the beach or get to an established saltwater tank. They don't last long on land.
by wodesorel
Fri May 24, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Websites that humanely ship hermit crabs?
Replies: 11
Views: 424

Re: Websites that humanely ship hermit crabs?

Xenocrab wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 10:56 pm
Shipping animals is horrendous to me. Maybe it's just me, but animals are not meant to be shipped at all, in any way. Period. Animals and shipping = wrong. Adopt, don't shop
But you guys bought strawberries not that long ago?
by wodesorel
Thu May 23, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Websites that humanely ship hermit crabs?
Replies: 11
Views: 424

Re: Websites that humanely ship hermit crabs?

I've shipped hermits to others, and have also recieved reptiles. If you are buying it in a store, it's been shipped in some way. The problem is that hermits aren't treated very well, as even the stores treat them as throw away pets. They should only be shipped overnight which is very pricey, but man...
by wodesorel
Sun May 19, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Heating pad or heat lamp?
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Heating pad or heat lamp

Ive never looked, but do they make heating pads with thermostats? If not, youd be cooking the tank because the heat would never turn off. Not to mention, a heat pad gets a lot warmer than the traditional aquarium heater meant for that size tank. They do! There are several brands, and they are sold ...
by wodesorel
Mon May 13, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Adopted some salt marsh crabs that will not live much longer
Replies: 19
Views: 642

Re: Adopted some salt marsh crabs that will not live much longer

They are for sure fully marine crabs. They come above the waterline to search for food in the wild, but in captivity they require a saltwater aquarium. I too would urge you to find someone who does marine to take these guys, they still have a chance! Pet stores, aquariums, even posting an ad on loca...