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Moving to New Crabitat

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:15 pm
by sofitzdam
Hi all,

I wound up rescuing two hermit crabs a little over a month ago who had been originally in a souvenir store, but when I got them, they were in one of those small plastic carriers. I moved them to a 5 gallon tank, complete with substrate, moss, climbing areas, salt water bowl, fresh water bowl, food dish and coconut hut. Within a week or so, one dug down to molt and has just resurfaced :)! They are both doing a lot of hiding in the mossy area of the tank. I know they are coming out at night to eat and drink as the food and water are disturbed in the morning and I have cleaned up poop in the area they dig down into.

I realize now that a 5 gallon tank is too small and have purchased a 10 gallon to move them into. This is my first time owning hermit crabs and I didn't realize how much space they needed. I don't want to stress them out, but would like to move them into the new larger tank. My question is when to do this, since one just resurfaced from molting in the last day or so. I think the other one is looking to molt but doesn't have deep enough substrate maybe. I also don't want to re-stress them out by moving tanks too soon.

Thoughts? I appreciate anything anyone can share. Thank you!

Re: Moving to New Crabitat

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:46 pm
by The Crab Maid
You can relocate them immediately. They may borrow to de-stress, but if no one is down molting this is prime time to get them moved before you have another molter on your hands.

Re: Moving to New Crabitat

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:29 am
by sofitzdam
Thank you!!