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Beach items to feed?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:18 pm
by leah610
Hello everyone! So I go to school that's located right off a bay, so I visit a small beach that leads directly to the bay in my spare time. Given that I live in Florida there are plenty of mangroves, sea grape trees, tiny shells and bivalve shells. The area is well visited by marine life, and I don't think fertilizers and pesticides are used in the area. What do you guys think about collecting sea grape leaves (fresh and dead), sea grape branches and fruit, and calcium supplements like bivalve shells and seashells? Any precautions I should take? Suggestions?

Here's a bonus video of a tiny saltwater hermit crab I found in the bay just yesterday!

https://youtu.be/l_CuQlwUfNc


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Re: Beach items to feed?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:30 pm
by GotButterflies
My concern would be that you "don't think" that fertilizers and pesticides are used in the area. You need to know for sure. If you find out that they are not, the sea grape leaves would be great. My crabs love them! Mine love both fresh and dried. Please know that if you are using a public area, I would probably refrain from using any leaves on the ground - you don't know if dogs, or animals have stepped on them. That's my opinion. I would then rinse them with dechlorinated water. I have never tried giving them fruit. The shells would be fine too.

Re: Beach items to feed?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:11 pm
by leah610
GotButterflies wrote:My concern would be that you "don't think" that fertilizers and pesticides are used in the area. You need to know for sure. If you find out that they are not, the sea grape leaves would be great. My crabs love them! Mine love both fresh and dried. Please know that if you are using a public area, I would probably refrain from using any leaves on the ground - you don't know if dogs, or animals have stepped on them. That's my opinion. I would then rinse them with dechlorinated water. I have never tried giving them fruit. The shells would be fine too.
I just found out that fertilizers and pesticides are used Image what a shame..do you happen to know where else I might be able to retrieve sea grape items that are free of pesticides and fertilizers? I definitely want to steer clear those areas that do use them, but since I live in Florida I want to take advantage of being able to provide different items in my crabs diet!


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Re: Beach items to feed?

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:30 am
by GotButterflies
I sell sea grape leaves in my store.


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