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by wodesorel
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: How to Dry Live Mealworms?
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: How to Dry Live Mealworms?

I'd freeze them and feed them as needed. 'Fresh' worms are beloved and make a great treat, so they would probably enjoy them more than dried. They will also eat them alive if you can use a large bowl the worms can't climb out of, the crabs will sit inside and much away.
by wodesorel
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Commercial Freeze Dried Foods?
Replies: 10
Views: 301

Re: Commercial Freeze Dried Foods?

Zilla has a omnivore mix with silkwormd and meal worms that is really nice for crabs. Flukers turtle treat medley without the pellets is also a hit, it has crickets, mealworms and shrimp. Any of the freeze-dried fish foods work well, too! Check the kids section of the grocery store for dried fruits,...
by wodesorel
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Weird goo in food bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 252

Re: Weird goo in food bowl

It was probably mold. Pure white mold is common in their food dishes, and can grow within a day or two.
by wodesorel
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Ant overload!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Ant overload!!!

I would recommend changing it out. That much biological matter in your substrate is going to rot when you rewet it, creating the perfect breeding ground for flies and bacteria.
by wodesorel
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: More crabs desired
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: More crabs desired

I'd be cautious introducing new crabs. Given how long you've had them, they are doing extremely well. Introducing new crabs could potentially introduce new parasites or pathogens. If you're going to attempt it, I'd recommend isolating the new guys for several months, through at least one molt, prefe...
by wodesorel
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Feliway Plug-ins--Safe?
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Feliway Plug-ins--Safe?

some kind of issue that makes him attack his own tail--not just in a "cute," "aw, look at him playing with his tail!" way, but literally biting the end of his tail so hard that he wounds it Hyperesthesia, thought to be a type of seizure disorder but they really don't know what causes it. There are ...
by wodesorel
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Stuck leg!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: Stuck leg!!!

She doesn't look stuck. Them sitting in one place for hours or even days is really nornal. They may even wander off at night and come right back to their favorite spot by morning.
by wodesorel
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Help with reducing clutter?
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: Help with reducing clutter?

I've used these. They're generous in size but still compact enough to fit in half filled tanks.

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by wodesorel
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Help with reducing clutter?
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: Help with reducing clutter?

A shell shop that's off the ground would help contain things and free up some space.
by wodesorel
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Is Dog or Cat Food Okay For Crabs?
Replies: 12
Views: 433

Re: Is Dog or Cat Food Okay For Crabs?

I give mine a piece of the really good cat food now and then, but I wouldn't make it a regular thing. I figure it's a good source of any vitamins and minerals they may be missing, but I only do it once a month or so to be on the safe side. I tend to be a little lax on food items for them, I know thi...
by wodesorel
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Feliway Plug-ins--Safe?
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Feliway Plug-ins--Safe?

I've also used them around the crabs and my fish. They're pheromones rather than an essential oil so it shouldn't be harmful, but Feliway makes me sneeze like the dickens so there is something irritating in it.
by wodesorel
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Small Crabs Underground for 3 Months
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Small Crabs Underground for 3 Months

I don't even get concerned until month 4, and at two inches they are squarely in the medium category if not squeaking towards large, so 2 to 4 months would be an average for them. Like curly, I've experienced the teeny crab ghosts, too. I saw my Firefly all of 4 times the first year because he would...
by wodesorel
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Re-mixing old substrate?
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Re-mixing old substrate?

The problem is the absolute mass of sand we use - it's never going to be fully bioactive because nothing penetrates that deep into a heavy thickness of substrate. Insects and beneficial bacterial need oxygen, and sand masses have a tendency to be anaerobic (lacking oxygen) just a few inches down. Th...
by wodesorel
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate issue
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Substrate issue

It does need to maintained with adding in some moisture to replace what evaporates over time. Every tank is different with how quickly that happens. Sealing the tank up nicely with a well fitting lid that is either solid or has been wrapped in plastic, goes a long way to holding in the humidity, whi...
by wodesorel
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Shells
Topic: Cleaning new shells
Replies: 14
Views: 730

Re: Cleaning new shells

Please be cautious using salt in the water. There have been cases where reactions occurred, and it stripped the shiney finish right off the shells. I sold a giant lot to a guy a while back and he ended up with the entire pot of brand new shells looking like they had been worn for years! It was rathe...