Iso tank poll

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Do your crabs go to an iso tank when they molt?

Yes, I always notice and move them, even if I have to carefully cut around them.
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Sometimes, when I notice quickly enough.
No, they molt in the regular tank.
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Iso tank poll

Post by Amandafrancis » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:51 pm

Hi guys! I need opinions. Or a hermit crab whisperer. Or both. I don't spend a whole lot of time watching my crabbies. I do look in on them every day, but sometimes one or the other is down in the tunnels. So how will I know when they are dug down for fun vs. dug down for molt, and get them moved over to the iso tank in time? Thanks in advance for your help.

(A friend of mine is making fun of me for the idea of moving them to the iso tank to molt at all- he says they survive in the wild just fine without them.)

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Post by wodesorel » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:21 pm

I mainly only move mine to the molt ISO when I know they're due and they start digging around, or I unearth them to move them to safety with the other crabs start turning half the tank into swiss-cheese. If the crabs molt on the left side of the tank they are always safe, but those stubborn ones who try to molt on the right half always get disturbed mid-molt, and get chased out of shells, get legs cut off, etc. So when the trouble-makers start I try to cut them off and move the molters out, though normally I get there too late and the damage is already done, but I'm usually just in time to save them!
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Post by SojMad » Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:00 pm

I never move mine into ISO when they need to molt, they do their molting in the regular tank. The only times I put hermit crabs into ISO is when someone is sick, naked or new. All new hermit crabs are put in isolation so that they can have peace and quiet until they have molted for their first time. After their first molt, they get moved into the regular tank - though now I have three tanks going since the hermit crabs in my regular tank won't accept newcomers. :?

I've only had one death in molters due to another crab, and that was when my E for some reason wanted the molting crabs shell. :? Stupid crab. :roll:
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Post by SaPen » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:00 am

The only time I have put mine in an ISO is when he had a surface molt. Otherwise they do it in the regular tank.
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Post by CrabbyIrene » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:04 pm

I only iso if there is a problem,such as a molter getting dug up. Or if its a new crab that's in rough shape.
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Post by Amandafrancis » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:11 pm

Thanks so much everybody! I really appreciate it!

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Post by sdevine » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:16 pm

Usually just new crabs.