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by Claudia
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: How do you know if a shell has lacquer?
Replies: 7
Views: 939

Re: How do you know if a shell has lacquer?

The spring water does not have chlorine in it.. I fill up my jugs fresh at the spring so I have no need of a dechlorinator.. We do not use the tap water for drinking or for the crabs :)
by Claudia
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Shells
Topic: How do you know if a shell has lacquer?
Replies: 7
Views: 939

Re: How do you know if a shell has lacquer?

I found this page after I posted, http://happyhermitcare.tumblr.com/post/97948148880/hermit-crab-shell-guide-on-shell-types-and-buying It says "One thing you should be aware of is 'natural’ lacquered shells. These shells appear to be natural and smooth which can very easily be mistaken for polishing...
by Claudia
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: How do you know if a shell has lacquer?
Replies: 7
Views: 939

How do you know if a shell has lacquer?

I recently ordered some beautiful turbos from Etsy seller seashellmart. They just arrived, and I sent off a question right away, as the shells are SO shiny, it appears they could be varnished. One even had a "made in Philippines" sticker inside it (west indian top/magpie) , and feels very heavy comp...
by Claudia
Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: are my crabs ok?
Replies: 11
Views: 891

Re: are my crabs ok?

update: The ultratherm alone didn't do anything for my tank (I got the 6"x17"), but after I applied aluminum foil and styrofoam to the back (over the ultratherm) and 2 sides, its now considerably warmer. (75-77 in the tank when its 68-70 outside tank) the humidity is also near 80% .. I like the new ...
by Claudia
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: UTH what size to get?
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

Re: UTH what size to get?

Thank you, this is helpful! Love the photo! Is there a folder with photos of owners setups? That would be awesome to see. Someday I hope to have a larger tank. But in the meantime the heater should make it more comfy in there. Hoping it arrives this week.
by Claudia
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: are my crabs ok?
Replies: 11
Views: 891

Re: are my crabs ok?

sorry I didn't clarify that. No, I don't use regular salt.. when I first got the crabs I got a tiny bottle of "hermit crab All Living things soaking salt" at Petsmart.. it was 2.4 oz.. when that ran out I got a 3 lb box of Instant Ocean Sea Salt from the same store its in purple box saying "creates ...
by Claudia
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: are my crabs ok?
Replies: 11
Views: 891

Re: are my crabs ok?

I have a question about "wrap the tank in a blanket or one of those thin silver "emergency" blankets found at Walmart for under $2"

Do the crabs bodies give off heat? I guess I'm confused how that will help keep the tank any warmer... unless their bodies are losing heat, like ours do?
by Claudia
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: are my crabs ok?
Replies: 11
Views: 891

Re: are my crabs ok?

Well I considered for a while whether to get the heater for this size tank... or a bigger tank with a bigger heater. If the crabs weren't all down, I probably would have got a bigger tank. I had been looking on craiglist for a while. I don't live in the city though so there aren't a lot around me. E...
by Claudia
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Archivables
Topic: UTH what size to get?
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

Re: UTH what size to get?

Thanks.. I placed an order for the smaller 6" one.. thats what I had been thinking but wasn't sure. Yes I do plan on adding a bit more substrate as well. One more question - is the UTH placed on back of the tank, OUTSIDE the tank correct? (not on the inside) - how is it attached? Are there any photo...
by Claudia
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: are my crabs ok?
Replies: 11
Views: 891

are my crabs ok?

Would like some input from experienced crabbers. My son (age 9) and I brought home 3 hermit crabs from beach 3.5 month ago in early August. They aren't super tiny, but aren't huge either. We didn't choose any in painted shells, only natural ones. Have no idea if M/F but we refer to 2 of them as "he"...
by Claudia
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: UTH what size to get?
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

UTH what size to get?

We got 3 crabs 3 months ago when it was warm in Aug and temps were 75-80 where the aquarium is located. Now that cold weather is here the temperature is about 68. I have read on this forum to get the heating mat called the UTH by Bean Farm or Reptile Basics websites to increase temperature in the ta...