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by The Crab Maid
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Isopods
Topic: Adding Isopods to Main Tank
Replies: 49
Views: 4846

Re: Adding Isopods to Main Tank

My isopods love living in the cholla wood I have with the crabs.

Rocks are fine unless you're constantly moving them around to squish them.
by The Crab Maid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Can I bleach a tank?
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: Can I bleach a tank?

If you bleach you can actually soak it in tap water afterwards and use a dechlorinator to make sure the bleach is fully removed. Common trick for cleaning plastic stuff quickly from habitats.
by The Crab Maid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: No movement
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: No movement

Could be preparation to molt. Sometimes they become a little lethargic before a molt. Here are the signs to check for: https://hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB ... 23&t=92522
by The Crab Maid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: No movement
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: No movement

When you lift him up, is he loose in his shell? Is there a bad fishy smell? The mites will eat the crab if the crab is dead.
by The Crab Maid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Soon to be new crab owner
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: Soon to be new crab owner

Try drying the meter out, if it drops it's probably fine, if it's stuck at a 100 you need a new one.

Did you try Craigslist for hermit crabs? More and more will start to appear as people regret their spontaneous beach purchases.
by The Crab Maid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Tank movement during molt?
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Tank movement during molt?

Maybe leave it with a couple small holes, but it should be fine.
by The Crab Maid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Tank movement during molt?
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Tank movement during molt?

She may not even be up to eat or drink while you're away. But you can toss some food in to be safe (nothing that rots quickly) and top the water off, she should be fine for a week. You may find nothing is even touched. I would recommend a larger tank and a friend down the line, but that's up to your...
by The Crab Maid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Tank movement during molt?
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Tank movement during molt?

How big is the tank? It may not be wise to move if it's not an emergency situation because moving the tank can shift the substrate and bring it down on them. If there is no problem with keeping the tank til Jade comes back up I'd recommend that. If it's an absolute need to move it, then you have to ...
by The Crab Maid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: Is this a flood??

Do you see any bacterial blooms? Though you'll smell something nasty, and the sand will look gray. Kinda rare with isopods in there though.
by The Crab Maid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: Is this a flood??

I'm doubting flood, but it may be drying out and that makes it harder, which makes it harder for the crabs to tunnel/breath. I think I'd add some water and mix the substrate up by hand to sort of "fluff" the bottom to loosen it up. But that's me, others on here might have more suggestions.
by The Crab Maid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: Is this a flood??

Hard and heavy usually sounds more like it's wet but drying out. Or it could just be the pressure from the top. But you would see water pooling with a flood. Can you dig straight down to the bottom and leave the hole for a little while (like a half hour) and see if water pools? If not, it's not floo...
by The Crab Maid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Owner - Started completely wrong!
Replies: 23
Views: 954

Re: New Owner - Started completely wrong!

RODI....is that reverse osmosis? From what I have read, not everyone is in agreement as to whether RO water is appropriate for crabs or not. Personally, that is what I have always used - for both my fresh water and for mixing the Instant Ocean into to make my salt water. I have had my crabs for alm...
by The Crab Maid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Is this a flood??
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: Is this a flood??

What do you mean by the sand is packed? It just needs to be sand castle consistency (as in you can build a sand castle and it can hold the form - makes for good tunnels), you would know if it's a flood because it would be pools of water. I'm not seeing calcium listed in their diet. They need a lot t...
by The Crab Maid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: How much substrate?
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: How much substrate?

A lot here don't even do a cleaning at all, unless there is a bacterial bloom or flooding. I understand wanting to get rid of the gravel though. My 50 definitely has smaller dimensions by a few inches and 3 bags of sand and EE gave me 7-8 inches (measure, my shallowest was 7 and my highest was 8). Y...
by The Crab Maid
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Owner - Started completely wrong!
Replies: 23
Views: 954

Re: New Owner - Started completely wrong!

Yes, you can use dehydrated fruits and veggies, just make sure there aren't any preservatives in them, sometimes they'll add stuff to keep them longer. You can feed them almost anything so long as it's not preservatives. Eggs (with the shell, cooked or raw) is a good source of protein. Shrimp, vario...