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by curlysister
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate/your opinion
Replies: 5
Views: 53

Re: Substrate/your opinion

Some of the crab care groups are very very strict as to what they feel is 'proper' substrate. One thing I like about HCA is that they (we) recognize that there is more than one way to care for crabs successfully. Mixing play sand and EE is probably the most common, but many crabbers have used all EE...
by curlysister
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: A Couple Of Crabby Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: A Couple Of Crabby Questions

That salt will not be toxic or harmful. It just does not have all the minerals needed long term. I mix up my Instant Ocean 2 cups at a time (2 cups dechlor water with 1 Tablespoon IO). If your pool is smaller than that, you can keep it to use later. Your crab will be fine alone for a while. Many cra...
by curlysister
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Saltwater Dilemma
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Re: Saltwater Dilemma

I would wait. The risk of using water straight from the ocean is that there could be bacteria, microplastics, etc in it. You could also order from somewhere like Amazon, if you are unable to make the drive/ ferry ride. And be sure that you are getting marine salt, like Instant Ocean, it has all the ...
by curlysister
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: Molting spots
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Molting spots

Once a crab digs under the sub, they will often move for whatever reason. So yes, I would say if they don't find a 'good' spot when they first go down, they will move before they molt.
by curlysister
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

29 days is NOT a long time. Do not dig them up, or move substrate around, or check on them.
by curlysister
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New to the crab world!
Replies: 34
Views: 949

Re: New to the crab world!

Once a crab has been dug up, you can not re-bury him in the substrate. He could suffocate. So yes, I would dig him up and iso him at this point.
by curlysister
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New to the crab world!
Replies: 34
Views: 949

Re: New to the crab world!

Crabs will tunnel and move once they are underground. You need to be very careful about cleaning or rearranging things when one is under. You will need to isolate him from your other crabs, with his exo and in the dark if possible. Maybe a small amount of fresh and dechlor water. Once he has eaten h...
by curlysister
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Molting?
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: Molting?

This is why the sub should be at least 6 inches throughout the whole tank. If he's not able to dig and make a cave and be completely under the sub, you will need to treat it like a surface molt, and isolate him from the other crabs. You could use the cut off pop bottle method and watch him for a cou...
by curlysister
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: A couple questions!
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Re: A couple questions!

Water dishes should be deep enough for your crabs to submerge, but also have a way for them to climb out. Many people use the Rubbermaid type food containers, with craft mesh for climbing in and out. You can get them cheap at Dollar stores - and many people double them up, so when you take out the t...
by curlysister
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crab Owner
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: New Crab Owner

Aw, how little and cute! Welcome to crabbing! Both your fresh and salt water dishes should be deep enough for your crabs to submerge, but also have a way for them to climb out. So the actual depth will depend on how large your crabs are. Many people use Rubbermaid type containers, with craft mesh at...
by curlysister
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: Disturbed Hermit Crab during 'intermolt'/Anecdysis phase.
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Disturbed Hermit Crab during 'intermolt'/Anecdysis phase.

Has he been moving around normally since he's been on the surface?
by curlysister
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Hermit crab YouTube???
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Hermit crab YouTube???

I would recommend waiting until you have successfully cared for crabs for a period of time. Sure, anyone can have a YouTube channel. But good information and experience combined make for a more reputable source.
by curlysister
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Dim Lighting
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Dim Lighting

I don't use lights, but is the information you are looking for found in the lighting guide?

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by curlysister
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Maybe molting?
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: Maybe molting?

If the buried crab has made a 'window', many of us will tape a piece of paper or something over it so it stays dark for them to molt.
by curlysister
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Crab died
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Crab died

1. What kind of substrate is used in your tank and how deep is it? Flukers sand and coconut substrate mix, currently on one end it is about 6 inches, then sloped down, but I am slowly trying to add more(my hermit crab is only out and about while I am sleeping, so I add just enough that he can still ...