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by curlysister
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Full shell evacuation while molting
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: Full shell evacuation while molting

Was there any exo with him when you dug him up? A crab drops it's shell when it is too weak to carry it. Unfortunately, digging up a crab can cause a huge amount of stress. A naked crab will not survive. Check out the following care sheet for how to get him back into a shell. http://www.hermitcrabas...
by curlysister
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: New crabs and struggling to get this figured out
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: New crabs and struggling to get this figured out

I am unable to see any of the photos. It totally sounds like normal crab behaviour, LOL. A couple of questions about your humidity troubles. What type of substrate are you using? How deep is it? When you said you have tried things over the screen lid, what did you try? What were the issues/ problems...
by curlysister
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crabs and New Owner(s)
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: New Crabs and New Owner(s)

Welcome to HCA! Looks like you're off to a great start! Be sure to check out the 'care sheets' section for tons of info about food, water, tank conditions etc!
by curlysister
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: Measuring
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Measuring

This is the HCA guide to shells:

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=92552

Naples Sea Shell Company has a page that shows how to measure shells:

http://naplesseashellcompany.com/sizematters.html
by curlysister
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:26 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

Welcome to crabbing! Be sure to check out the 'care sheets' section for tons of info. When I first got my crabs, I decided I would only follow the HCA website advice, in order to avoid conflicting information. I literally have never been on any other forums or sights. Ten years later, my crabs are d...
by curlysister
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crabs and New Owner(s)
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: New Crabs and New Owner(s)

You need to use the Tapatalk app, or a photo sharing site to load pictures. Can't see the pic you attached.
by curlysister
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Hermit crabs not moving or eating or drinking, and hiding all day
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Hermit crabs not moving or eating or drinking, and hiding all day

Nothing major jumping out in your tank conditions. I would check on the brand of salt water - most pre-mixed salt waters are not appropriate, even tho they say they are for crabs. Get rid of the sponges from the water bowls, they just harbor bacteria. Also be sure to check out the care sheet on nutr...
by curlysister
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Clean Sponges or Throw them Out
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Clean Sponges or Throw them Out

You should not use them in the water. Like HG said, put them in the tank dry for the crabs to snack on. Not in the water bowls.
by curlysister
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: I’ve Been Cleaning my Stuff with Tap Water!!
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: I’ve Been Cleaning my Stuff with Tap Water!!

Not too late for sure. You can still continue to clean them with the tap water, just give them a rinse with dechlor water after.
by curlysister
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New (slightly worried) crab owner
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: New (slightly worried) crab owner

Not a dumb post, we get so attached to the little cuties!
I wouldn't think that bumping the tank/ table would be enough to collapse a tunnel. I know it's hard, but I wouldn't worry too much about it.
by curlysister
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Back Again
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Back Again

Really, JJ? "Old timers"?? Sheesh, kids these days. Just kidding!

HofH, you were just before my time here, I got my crabs in 2010. Welcome back!
by curlysister
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Crab Food from Pet Stores
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Crab Food from Pet Stores

Here is the link to the Care Sheets. There are sheets about commercial food, nutrition, safe and unsafe/ unpopular foods, as well as pretty much all other aspects of crab care.

viewforum.php?f=120

Welcome!
by curlysister
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Don’t know what to do with heat mats?
Replies: 9
Views: 556

Re: Don’t know what to do with heat mats?

No, you can not wrap them around a corner. Doing that can cause the wires in the mat to break and can be a fire hazard.
by curlysister
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate/your opinion
Replies: 8
Views: 211

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: 173

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...