HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

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HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

Post by gflor119 » Fri May 22, 2020 11:10 pm

I got my hermit crabs about three weeks ago from the pet store they have all the correct equipment, but neither of them have molted yet. A family member of mine just got her hermit crabs yesterday and one of them already molted! Is it bad that mine haven't molted yet could they be stressed? They eat and burrow just fine, but they always come back up without having molted. Please help I feel I might be worrying for nothing, but i just want to be on the safe side.
2 hermit crabs ( 1 is about 1 inch and the other is about 2-3 inches)

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Re: HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

Post by curlysister » Fri May 22, 2020 11:12 pm

Okay, this is good that you made a new topic. I replied to your questions elsewhere but will keep it all in this thread from now on.

What are your temp and humidity?
What are you using for substrate?
How big is your tank?
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Re: HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

Post by gflor119 » Sat May 23, 2020 10:45 am

My tank is a 20 gallon, I use Eco Earth at a 1-2 to 6 inch incline, my temp is about 75 and my humidity is around 75 as well. Yes, and thank you for all your help I'm new to the HCA/hermit crab ownership

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Re: HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

Post by curlysister » Sat May 23, 2020 12:33 pm

I would make the sub 6 inches all over, or if you want a slope have 6 inches as the minimum. They might not feel that they have enough available space to molt.
Is the EE moistened with dechlor fresh or salt water?
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Post by GotButterflies » Sat May 23, 2020 12:50 pm

I personally recommend that your temperature and humidity are a minimum of 80.

I know your case isn't an emergency, but if you would like for us to check out your tank specs, please fill out the following: http://hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/ ... 27&t=46102

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Re: HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

Post by gflor119 » Sun May 24, 2020 1:21 pm

An update on my hermit crabs: One of them, Zoidberg, had his very first shell change since I got him and I got to see it! I know its rare to witness them, but I walked by their tank and noticed it! I was so excited! As for my other crab, Hermes, Hermes usually sleeps in the half log most of the day and is at his most active at night, obviously, and when he burrows he usually leaves like half of his shell poking out from the top and I can easily see him, but today marks day number two that I have not seen him. I know where he dug himself, but I can't actually see him because his shell isn't poking out like normal, so I'm hoping he's going to be my first molter. What do you guys think? Wish me luck! :)

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Re: HERMIES HAVE NOT MOLTED!!!

Post by GotButterflies » Sun May 24, 2020 10:45 pm

Sometimes they change into larger shells because the molt sac is uncomfortable for them in their current shell, so maybe he is getting ready to molt. Don't worry if he doesn't. Molting takes time :) Whatever you do, don't dig him up.
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