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by JoeHermits
Thu May 07, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Tannins in waters
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Tannins in waters

If you’re interested in tannins I suggest you give this article a read: https://tanninaquatics.com/blogs/the-tint-1/humic-substances-in-freshwater-aquariums Our hermit crabs are terrestrial, but considering how closely related they are to their marine cousins I think tannins in their water may prove...
by JoeHermits
Thu May 07, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Growing rapidly???
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Growing rapidly???

I have wondered about that, though. It’s the reason I don’t like keeping my crabitat in the 80F range all the time, since greater heat would likely increase their metabolisms and in consequence age them more rapidly. Realistically hermit crabs could probably make do with getting quality nutrition on...
by JoeHermits
Thu May 07, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Can plant oils affect crabs?
Replies: 8
Views: 167

Re: Can plant oils affect crabs?

Well I would think they wouldn’t harm but I found this, http://www.hermitcrabsrus.com/community/threads/essential-oils-good-or-bad.11715/ I think that only certain ones will harm them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Several of those were removed from the Unsafe List years ago. Even so, insects ...
by JoeHermits
Thu May 07, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Can plant oils affect crabs?
Replies: 8
Views: 167

Re: Can plant oils affect crabs?

I’m sure they can smell it but I doubt that it’d irritate them. If their behavior doesn’t change when the diffuser is running than I wouldn’t worry about it.


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by JoeHermits
Thu May 07, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: College grad with gifted crabs
Replies: 19
Views: 461

Re: College grad with gifted crabs

The saltwater isn't dangerous but it's also not very helpful. The dechlor is better than nothing, but ideally something that also takes care of ammonia and heavy metals is better. "Coverts tap water into freshwater". Tap water is freshwater, or it would kill everyone. [emoji2356] Thrive Tropical He...
by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Growing rapidly???
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Growing rapidly???

Rapid growth isn’t a bad thing, and it can happen relatively easily for small crabs. I’ve had crabs who’ve practically doubled in size after a single molt!


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by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is my crab dead? Cannibalism? Molting?
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: Is my crab dead? Cannibalism? Molting?

If every shell is unoccupied and you have reason to believe she may be underground naked, then you may dig, since her soft abdomen is prone to get scraped up by the substrate, but only if you don’t have anyone else underground. Digging up every crab is going to be more pain than it’s worth. Sent fro...
by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: College grad with gifted crabs
Replies: 19
Views: 461

Re: College grad with gifted crabs

Your hermit crabs are purple pinchers (pp for short) /purple claw- because that is the type that Petsmart seems to always have. Because there is eco earth that will help make the Calci sand not as dangerous. Eco earth helps with moisture retention. Make sure the log hide is not pine as that is bad ...
by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: College grad with gifted crabs
Replies: 19
Views: 461

Re: College grad with gifted crabs

Hi, Shiwe! Welcome to the HCA. 1) It could be either/or, which is why having the deep substrate is important. 2) No, burying them can suffocate them. When they dig they push soil out and around, creating small burrows with air pockets. We can't replicate that by ourselves. 3) Yes, you'll want a salt...
by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: New Crab Owner looking for advice/tips (with picures)
Replies: 8
Views: 219

Re: New Crab Owner looking for advice/tips (with picures)

Yup, that works!


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by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: My hermit crab has no exoskeleton to eat after molt
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: My hermit crab has no exoskeleton to eat after molt

Leave her in iso with plenty of calcium. Crab or shrimp shells would be ideal since they’re closer to what she needs.

Molting is a very energy-intensive process, so she’s going to be sluggish for a few weeks while she recovers.


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by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Discolored spot with pictures
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Discolored spot with pictures

It doesn’t look like anything serious, so it’s probably just that—a discoloration. I wouldn’t be worried unless it starts to spread.


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by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Ask questions about food not included on lists here!
Replies: 32
Views: 868

Re: Ask questions about food not included on lists here!

The exo won’t absorb much from the water. If you’re worried about anti-caking agents a quick rinse will do the trick.


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by JoeHermits
Wed May 06, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Another crab digging up a molting crab
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Another crab digging up a molting crab

There’s not a whole lot you can do, but hermit crabs tend to tunnel away from their initial starting point so unless you have a visual the chances of the crabs meeting up underground are low.


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by JoeHermits
Tue May 05, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Booming/grunting noise underground (low chirp)
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: Booming/grunting noise underground (low chirp)

How big are your crabs? If their shells are the size of a nickel or larger 4" is too shallow. We recommend the substrate to be at least three times deeper than the shell of your largest crab. Or six inches, whatever is deeper. That allows room for the molting crab to dig deeper to safely molt. Molt...