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by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What is Crusty doing?
Replies: 29
Views: 818

Re: What is Crusty doing?

It’s a terrarium heating pad. Sticky backed, designed for that purpose. We live in pnw, so she is going to have to stay warm. Without the pad on, crabitat is room temp, about 65 degrees, far too cold for her. I’ll be moving the pad to the back terrarium wall, as it will be more effective there. As ...
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crab caretakers.
Replies: 21
Views: 584

Re: New Crab caretakers.

Welcome to crabbing! Crusty is cute!
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What is Crusty doing?
Replies: 29
Views: 818

Re: What is Crusty doing?

You will need to remove or unplug the heater under the tank, it is a fire hazard. When a crab molts, it digs underneath the sub, and stays there. It will shed it's exoskeleton, and eat it. It will stay under ground until the new exo is hardened, and then will come up. Crabs can be down for a couple ...
by curlysister
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Lost Limbs
Replies: 19
Views: 536

Re: Lost Limbs

I agree that if he is moving around okay, he will be fine in the main tank. Was this his first molt with you? When you say 'dirt-sand' mix, do you mean coco fiber and sand? Just wanting to make sure that it isn't something in your sub that could have caused a wonky molt. And yes, their ability to re...
by curlysister
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Worried
Replies: 62
Views: 1903

Re: Worried

HCA does NOT recommend bathing crabs. It can stress them further, and is not needed. They carry a balance of fresh and salt water in their shells - they will go into the pools/ dishes as they need to. Pumpkincrab, how long have you had your crabs? Why do you think that bathing is going to help an al...
by curlysister
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: How often do you redecorate your tank?
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: How often do you redecorate your tank?

Deep cleaning is not needed unless there is an emergency like a flood or bacterial bloom.

I hardly ever change things around. I might add a piece of cholla or something, but don't rearrange everything.`
by curlysister
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: White size shell?
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: White size shell?

You will want to measure the opening, and then find a seller who measures the openings in small increments. Some places measure in 1/16th inch increments, so you can get a precise size up from what you have now.
by curlysister
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate temperature
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Substrate temperature

Most of us don't check the substrate temperature. Some of the more scientific crabber do, but in ten years I never have. It is more important to ensure that the air is heated to the proper temps, then the sub will be a bit warmer near the surface and cooler further down - crabs can choose the temp t...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Molting question
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Molting question

The recommendation is that your sub is at least three times as deep as your largest crab. And your tank isn't over crowded. I wouldn't isolate anyone, it is generally better to leave them in the main tank. I have had my crabs for ten years now. The only time one of them dug up the other one, is when...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Molting for months
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Molting for months

How deep is your sub? You might not smell them if they have passed away deep under ground. How many crabs are down? How many are up? SIx months is a long time for small/ tiny crabs, but it is also possible that they have come up at times and gone back down. If you don't have any crabs up, you could ...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Molting question
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Molting question

How deep is your sub? How large are your crabs? How big is your tank? Generally, if your sub is deep enough and yout tank isn't over crowded, crabs won't come across each other when they are under. Also, crabs move after they are underground, so you might not know where the first buried crab is, unl...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Leaves and sticks
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Leaves and sticks

If you collect the leaves in summer, you can do what I do - put flowers and leaves on a cardboard on the dash of your car! I dry the veins and stems and all, and just crunch them up. In fall when it wasn't as hot, I put some on parchment paper in the oven after I had cooked supper and turned the ove...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: New Crabitat/One still moulting
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Re: New Crabitat/One still moulting

Crabs are notorious for doing their own thing. So by the time the second one comes up, the first one might have gone back down! LOL! If you have the ability to keep both tanks with ideal conditions, I would move the first one over. Then when the second comes up, give them both a quick dip in the fre...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Substrate texture
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Substrate texture

If your new crab just dug under today, it is very unlikely that he started molting immediately, especially if the sub isn't sand castle consistency when he got a little way down. If you are certain that your sub is only moistened on the top, you could consider digging up the one that went under toda...
by curlysister
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Surface Molt Or Dying?
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Surface Molt Or Dying?

Agree with Jonathon, to keep her in a dark iso.
Unfortunately, PPS can occur until the first molt or even longer. So don't rule out PPS based on how she was when you got her - the prior poor conditions could still take a toll on her.