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by curlysister
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Bugs!
Topic: How to get rid of fruit flies
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: How to get rid of fruit flies

I often get fruit flies in my kitchen in summer. I take a one or two cup jar, fill it about a third of the way with cider vinegar, and add a drop of dish soap. Then put saran wrap over the top, and poke a couple of small holes in it so the flies can get it. I would place it outside the tank, but clo...
by curlysister
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Hermit Crab Looks to be in Bad Shape (maybe bad molt, shell rot?)
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: Hermit Crab Looks to be in Bad Shape (maybe bad molt, shell rot?)

My biggest concern is that your tank is crowded and does not have deep enough substrate. I have had my crabs for almost ten years, and they are really big. The substrate should be at least 3 times as deep as your largest crab. Having deep enough sub and a tank that is not crowded is important so the...
by curlysister
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Balance of humidity and temp problem
Replies: 13
Views: 253

Re: Balance of humidity and temp problem

My humidity runs in the 90s, and often at 99%! Mold isn't harmful to the crabs, but it can cause some issues if the humans are allergic. I have only had mild mold problems over the years. If I were you, I would be very happy with your humidity even in the upper 80s!
by curlysister
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Will noise stress a molting crab?
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Will noise stress a molting crab?

I wouldn't think so. Many of us have crabs in noisy rooms without any problems.
by curlysister
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: does my crab need a friend?
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Re: does my crab need a friend?

I agree with Joe, it's not always possible to have multiple crabs. There have been reports of crabs that just wouldn't accept a tank mate. If he's been alone for a number of years and is happy and healthy, it's kind of up to you whether you want to try another or not. If you do decide to add a frien...
by curlysister
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: shell
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: shell

They need at least 2-3 bigger shells to choose from. Also, painted shells should be removed once the crab has gotten out of that shell. HCA recommends 3-5 extra shells per crab. But more is never a bad thing! Be sure to check out the 'shell' guide, as there are appropriate and inappropriate shells ...
by curlysister
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: shell
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: shell

Welcome to crabbing! Unfortunately, the shops at the boardwalks often don't know much about crab care. You will want to check out the FAQ and Care Sheets section for pretty much everything you need to know about crab care. Start with the 'basics' page: http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/view...
by curlysister
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Should I add a crab friend?
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Should I add a crab friend?

Hmmm....ping pong ball might be getting toward medium size (if not now, very soon). Another would probably be a bit too crowded.

Here's HCA's guide to crabs/ sizes/ tank sizes/ numbers:

viewtopic.php?f=26&t=92541
by curlysister
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Buried crabs
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Buried crabs

I answered all of your questions, but have not heard back from you. Did you get my response to your questions? Misty Misty, you will need to copy and paste the questions into a new comment on this thread, and then answer the questions. If you sent it by private message, it may not have been received.
by curlysister
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Little white worms in water dish!
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Little white worms in water dish!

I don't think maggots would be in the water dish only. I would just wash out the water dish and refill it and see what happens.
As for fruit flies, you can put a 'home made' fruit fly trap (ie- with water and cider vinegar and soap) outside the tank to catch them.
by curlysister
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Picky crabs??
Replies: 1
Views: 73

Re: Picky crabs??

If your crabs are small, you just might not be noticing the small amounts that they eat. I swear that for the first few years I had my crabs, the only way I knew they were eating and drinking is that they were still alive. It seemed like I put in and took out exactly the same amount of food and water!
by curlysister
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Installing Plastic Craft Mesh
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Re: Installing Plastic Craft Mesh

Zip ties!
by curlysister
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Unknown mass on crab
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Unknown mass on crab

A few suggestions below. 1. What kind of substrate is used in your tank and how deep is it? coconut soil, ~5 inches deep Curly - Is your sub moistened so that it holds shape? If your crabs are 2.5 inches, you may need a bit more sub to ensure it is three times as deep as your largest crab. 2. Do you...
by curlysister
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Back to back molting, or sick?
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: Back to back molting, or sick?

When you says your crab is 5 to 10 years old, who had her before you had her? Do you know what the conditions were where she was kept?
by curlysister
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New crab owner - Substrate depth and mix
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: New crab owner - Substrate depth and mix

Just to clarify, all the shells are empty?
Crabs do not leave their shells to molt.