Shells in bowl vs scattered

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Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by Sarah.claire » Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:02 pm

Hi, I have been seeing a lot of people putting shells in a bowl instead of scattering them around the tank. I wonder whether that method is better for the hermit crabs? Or does it really matter? Just trying to figure out whether I should make space in my tank for a new bowl or not.

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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by PinchersAndShells » Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:30 pm

It’s your choice really! I keep mine in a bin for the most part to keep them from being buried in the sand. I do have some on the substrate though.
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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by Sarah.claire » Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:48 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by curlysister » Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:13 pm

I used to keep the shells in a little square dish with low sides, I thought it looked really cute. The hermies, on the other hand, preferred to throw the shells all over the tank willy nilly! So I gave up on my little dish and just put them where ever now! LOL!
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Post by GotButterflies » Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:19 pm

I like them in a basket. When I had them scattered the hermits used to bury them, plus they got dirtier quicker.
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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by Hermiesguardian » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:57 pm

I had mine in a basket on the floor. They just walked through it to the other side. I put them on the ground, they started shopping. I even tried on a 2nd level shelf, but the shells got knocked off. So they're on the ground, dirty, buried, half buried. Ungrateful crabs. Lol.
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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by GotButterflies » Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:36 pm

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Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:57 pm
I had mine in a basket on the floor. They just walked through it to the other side. I put them on the ground, they started shopping. I even tried on a 2nd level shelf, but the shells got knocked off. So they're on the ground, dirty, buried, half buried. Ungrateful crabs. Lol.
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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by MauiMama » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:22 am

I like the idea of a shell shop, but I worry he won't be able to get the shells he wants out.
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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by DragonsFly » Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:45 pm

I like to hang baskets for "shell shops," keeps the shells cleaner and less likely to get buried; also provides upper-level hangout space and activity areas. It does seem kind of weird, I don't suppose the crabs would find many shells "up in the trees" in nature, but they didn't seem to mind and I got shell changes on a regular basis.
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Re: Shells in bowl vs scattered

Post by GRMU99 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:01 am

I have a shower caddy with shells in and i have some just sitting on the substrate


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