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by wodesorel
Thu May 05, 2011 12:21 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Crab proofing and upgrading
Replies: 12
Views: 3653

Last time I had to clean mold off of mopani it was winter and I didn't want to try bleaching it since I couldn't let it air off outside for however long it took for the bleach to wear off. Instead I put it into a huge pot with a lot of rock salt and boiled it at a roiling boil for over three hours. ...
by wodesorel
Tue May 03, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Crab proofing and upgrading
Replies: 12
Views: 3653

Moving air will keep the mold from growing. I have a 4 inch desk fan inside the Display Case, and the only time I had mold was when I unplugged it when we were scrubbing down the chimney with killer Lysol (three feet behind the tank) and I didn't want the vapors to get pulled into the tank. I forgot...
by wodesorel
Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Water
Topic: Pools with Silicone - (Update 6/01 - even worse)
Replies: 13
Views: 4082

I tried the baking soda trick for a week, but it didn't do anything. My guess is that since the silicone used for aquariums is acidic that the baking soda wash would neutralize any residue so when it was filled with water the pH wouldn't dive. Thanks for the idea! It's been over a month now, and the...
by wodesorel
Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:14 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: aggressive crab
Replies: 2
Views: 5316

I think that part of the responsibility of keeping an animal is to keep it as safe as possible. Not every accident or fight can be prevented, but removing an animal from a situation that is likely to turn dangerous is important in my book. I have a lot of crabs, but I don't expect any of them to eve...
by wodesorel
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Blood Worms?
Replies: 4
Views: 956

Bloodworms are a type of midge larvae. I give my hermits freeze-dried on a regular basis. Most won't eat them, but I do have three crabs who will fight over who gets to sit in the dish and eat the whole thing! :lol: Mealworms are a type of beetle larvae. I also give these to the crabs freeze-dried i...
by wodesorel
Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Bugs!
Topic: Gnats!
Replies: 5
Views: 4453

If they are fruit flies they're easy to draw out of the tank and trap. (Sorry, I think tend to post this a lot. :) ) Mix half cider vinegar and half water, and to that add a few drops of dish soap, and either a sprinkling of sugar or a drop of honey. Place a dish or bottle of this somewhere out of t...
by wodesorel
Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Crab fell out of shell when picked up
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

I had this happen once with an E. I pointed out to my hubby that the crab was changing shells thinking that he would just look. Turned out that he wanted to get a close look so took the crab out of the tank (I was in the other room) while the crab was still in the process of deciding whether it like...
by wodesorel
Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Mold in substrate...
Replies: 3
Views: 13476

Since he is coming out at night I would replace the substrate. It's not really known how dangerous mold is for hermits, but it certainly is unhealthy for us humans to be around! If he hasn't molted yet (and he may have since he disappeared for three weeks) then it's best to get the substrate changed...
by wodesorel
Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: My smallest E was attacked. :(
Replies: 6
Views: 800

Granted that I don't have the best of luck with Es, but I've had this happen a few times with PPs and they've always been fine. Giggles is my culprit, and the problem is that 99% of the time he's a good boy, but then he gets a bug up his butt and goes digging to harass a molter. He's clipped a few l...
by wodesorel
Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: mealworm, shrimp, cricket???? cuttle bone vs. egg shell
Replies: 7
Views: 2267

Freeze-dried crickets have very little smell, if it bothers you. I've been feeding Fluker's Turtle Medley which is dried cricket, mealworm, and shrimp. There is always a crab sitting in the dish porking and I almost need to buy another bottle of it already! The mix kind of smells like kitten milk po...
by wodesorel
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:14 am
Forum: Water
Topic: Pools with Silicone - (Update 6/01 - even worse)
Replies: 13
Views: 4082

Nope, still no go. Ammonia readings were still 2.0ppm after 24 hours in dechlor water.....

Any ideas?
by wodesorel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Water
Topic: Pools with Silicone - (Update 6/01 - even worse)
Replies: 13
Views: 4082

Yeah, my fishtanks all read a pH of about 7.6, and of course there's 0ppm ammonia. I realized when I was in the shower this morning that I had used straight tap water for the 24 hour test. I went downstairs a few minutes ago to replace the water and treat it with dechlor and I'll see what the readin...
by wodesorel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: Molting again so soon?
Replies: 4
Views: 1022

If a crab comes injured and has been fed an excellent diet after it's first molt, then it's rather normal for them to rush into their second. Their goal is to be completely whole again as fast as possible, and as soon as they're able to pull off a second molt they will. I wouldn't be too worried if ...
by wodesorel
Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Pools with Silicone - (Update 6/01 - even worse)
Replies: 13
Views: 4082

Pools with Silicone - (Update 6/01 - even worse)

It's been weeks and I'm still waiting for my homemade pools to completely cure. A few days ago they finally stopped smelling like wet silicone, but I wanted to test the water in them before I put them in with the crabs. I thought since the silicone released acetic acid that a good test of whether or...
by wodesorel
Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:53 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Unsafe Food List from EH
Replies: 41
Views: 48459

Good question! Onions are toxic to companion mammals (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) due to toxins that cause the oxidation of hemoglobin, essentially killing them by causing severe anemia. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1&aid=2414 Would those same chemicals affect hermit crabs since they're ...