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by Kydra
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

Yes, you can move him over pretty much right away, IMO. You will want to dip him in the water from the new tank, so he doesn't smell like an 'outsider'. Keep in mind that E's need deeper sub than PP's, many people recommend 10 or more inches. Thanks! Yeah I read that. I will ID him for sure when he...
by Kydra
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

One more question since this was a small E and I'm going on week two this Tuesday and want to be prepared. For those that haven't followed... Purchased 2 hermit crabs on boardwalk, were in temp 5 gallon tank with 3" of EE until I got home, per advice here I setup a proper 10 gallon crabitat for the ...
by Kydra
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Moving crabitat?
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: Moving crabitat?

Everyone has their own way of getting the substrate to sandcastle consistency from all I've read. When I setup the 10 gallon, I just put in a few inches of eco earth (coconut fiber) added saltwater from a gallon jug (dechlorinated water with half cup of instant ocean) until was wet, but not soaking ...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

Throw it out. It's toxic for them. I did just take it out, but the painted shell has more of a D opening and spirals up a bit which I also have a few of. He hasn't really seemed interested in switching, but did tonight. The shell he is now in has more of a round opening (pretty sure some kinda turb...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

Thanks, the contact lens seems to be working well. Kraken (PP) in 10 gallon just changed out of his painted shell. Wow. It has paint chips and a crack where the "lip" of the shell is. I just boiled it, but since he finally picked a new shell out of about 20 should I leave it in there? Just feeling h...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Recently rescued a crab
Replies: 9
Views: 629

Re: Recently rescued a crab

I would wait at this point as far as adding anymore crabs. How deep is he buried? If he does molt there, I'd be cautious for now. Not sure I'd even want to mess with the water bowl too much now while he is underneath (again depending on what you mean by underneath the water bowl). He may be destress...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crab Owner, is my setup okay? Do I need anything else?
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Re: New Crab Owner, is my setup okay? Do I need anything else?

Hi! New as well. Just going to go through what you wrote... 5" is alright, but you'll get recommended minimum of 6" substrate with it being at least 3x your largest crab (whichever is deeper). Is it playsand or the calcium sand they sell at pet stores? Calcium sand is no good and can harden like cem...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

Checking in. Got a bit impatient and gently lifted the temp tank and the E is still buried at the bottom in all EE. Can just barely see some of the shell so not much else I could say there. Been a week plus. Have both the original and 10 gallon at 80/80+. My other guy hasn't been too active in the 1...
by Kydra
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

I also use the sand and EE mix, but I recall reading that straight EE has a higher risk of flooding. To add pictures, many of us use the Tapatalk app. There's another way but I can't remember now, LOL. Welcome to crabbing! I have had my two, Sonny and Cher, for almost 9 years! I saw the Tapatalk ap...
by Kydra
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

It’s partially personal preference, but there are some issues to be aware of with the EE that happen less with some sand mixed in. Nothing beats sand for a sandcastle- there’s a reason they’re still made out of sand! [emoji39] Kidding. Point is, we do recommend the 5:1 sand bc it does hold its shap...
by Kydra
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

Long day today... Bought a ten gallon and setup, etc, along with keeping some food/water/saltwater/shells in the "temp tank" for my guy that went under. Was NOT planning on upgrading today after late last night. I was reading way too much online and thought I could smell a fishy smell thinking "darn...
by Kydra
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

One question regarding the substrate. As I wrote, just using straight EE right now; seems fine, but am aware of the 5:1 ratio. Thinking of upgrading sooner rather than later and have an off day. The EE has been fine by itself so far but... TLDR: As for the playsand I can easily get that at a local h...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

For your future set up the sunstrate really needs to be a minimum of 6 inches. When molting they give off a yummy sweet scent that attracts the other crabs to chow down on them. And if that one is an E they are diggers and need around 10 inches of substrate. And they are a bit more agressive. They ...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

Welcome! Many of us began as you did. Is the "tank" they're in now totally sealed? Including lid? 5 gal is really too small for 2 crabs. I know funds are tight but there are a couple of things you can do. Check out craigslist and the apps offerup and letgo for great deals on tanks. Mixing ee with p...
by Kydra
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: 2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 23
Views: 779

2 Crabs from Boardwalk... Temp Tank... 1 Molting... Thoughts/Advice Appreciated!

Since I have been lurking for hours a day (lol) thought I'd register and post what's going on.. maybe get some feedback. I purchased two small hermit crabs from the boardwalk and was given the usual... a wired circular cage to climb, hermit crab food, a sponge, etc. This was on Friday, August 9th as...