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by thermidor
Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Food
Topic: honey?
Replies: 5
Views: 643

Re: honey?

My crabs' favorite food EVER is blueberries blended in a blender with about 1/4 as much honey mixed in. This way when they eat the honey they also get the antioxidants and color from the berries. I am now experimenting with adding a pinch of spirulina and some other things to make it their "health f...
by thermidor
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Ultratherm Undertank Heater installation
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: Ultratherm Undertank Heater installation

If it's a larger tank you might need a UTH on each end as I have. I have one of them on a thermostat so it turns off if the tank reaches the set temperature; normally it is off during the day but comes on at night.
by thermidor
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Just hanging out on a Friday night...
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Re: Just hanging out on a Friday night...

Gorgeous kids! Oh yes and the boy, too.
by thermidor
Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: How much?
Replies: 12
Views: 936

Re: How much?

I have found that once a week on the dry base diet and twice a week on the treat/variety plate is the sweet spot. For the former, I just barely cover the bottom of the small dish. If gone, I add more, but there is usually still some there at the end of the week when I toss it. For the treat dish (po...
by thermidor
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Tank Remodel - Way over due!
Replies: 17
Views: 1754

Re: Tank Remodel - Way over due!

I think the question is, did you put any type of sealer on the structure, like shellac, etc. Because it looks super-cool but probably won't hold up to the crabs from the picking and the nails climbing-and it may not be safe to ingest. But I think if it was sealed and allowed to ventilate for quite a...
by thermidor
Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Straws & E's so excited
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Straws & E's so excited

So it is inside the tank? That is what I was thinking would have to happen. Do you ever see basking behavior?
by thermidor
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Upgrading from 10g to 60g need advice - We are in love
Replies: 22
Views: 700

Re: Upgrading from 10g to 60g need advice - We are in love

I am hoping I can help. I have the same tank, and despite some people not liking them, I can't imagine EVER not having a front-opening tank. The sub is to the doors (6") in the front, and about 6 " into the tank I put 12" acrylic so that it makes a terrrace of 12" deep for the rest of the tank. I fo...
by thermidor
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Ideal Temp for Mixed Tank
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Ideal Temp for Mixed Tank

I have a 40 gallon with a few e's and PP's and 2 strawberries. I would like to know the ideal temp for them; each seems to have a slightly different "range". Am I better off having it skew low or high; for example, would it be preferable to have it at 83 day and 80 night (low) or 85-6 day and 83 nig...
by thermidor
Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cleaning bubbler hoses and stones
Replies: 7
Views: 257

Re: Cleaning bubbler hoses and stones

The tubing to my fresh that is submerged gets slimy in about a week; it is brown algae, pretty sure. I just wipe it with a dry paper towel on weekly changes, and change the bubbler when it gets clogged. The salt must discourage algae because it has much less of a problem.
by thermidor
Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Possibly adopting three more crabs! Suggestions? (edit: I adopted them!)
Replies: 27
Views: 426

Re: Possibly adopting three more crabs! Suggestions? (edit:

That looks like past mold that has since dried up; hermit crabs are tough but mold is never a good thing. I'd get it out of there and clean the tank as soon as practical (everyone up).
by thermidor
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Shell shopping
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Shell shopping

For my crabs I sometimes see them take interest in a shell over and over but not move in. I think they may be working to modify it when we see them with their faces and pinchers down in there. Next day, they will do a little more. I have no idea how long this takes but as it is exacting work (one li...
by thermidor
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Straws & E's so excited
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Straws & E's so excited

Yes I think that two equals a GANG in strawberry land. When my male was up the two of them literally rearranged the tank every night; I could not wait to get up and see which large objects they had decided to relocate. Now that he is down (3 weeks and counting) the Female is still active but not as ...
by thermidor
Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Straws & E's so excited
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Straws & E's so excited

That's a relief. The first time I saw it I thought for sure she was dead. Next time I am feeling stressed out I want some of what she is having!
by thermidor
Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Straws & E's so excited
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Straws & E's so excited

I'd like to hear more about your strawberry's behavior. I am new to them, only had my two for about 6 weeks. One went under about a week after they came home. The other who is the female is so unlike any other crab I have or have heard described. She literally hates to hide; will not go under anythi...
by thermidor
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: this crazy crabby life....
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: this crazy crabby life....

Ugh I have had book lice in my store before; they literally eat paper and rotting wood and tend to come from cool damp places, such as the crawl space under a house. They come up when it gets dry. Shudders. (and, I know from experience, they bite people and make itchy mosquito type bites) I think it...