Should I Continue Crabbing?

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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by The Franckinator » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:05 pm

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Ray (in the murex) and

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Marshall.

I did some stuff to the tank yesterday like adding EE and scrapping the Bundy system for bubble pools. I have yet to put up foil since the heat seems to be doing fine - perhaps the condensation on the side is reflecting the heat back and acting how foil would..?

Anywho, humidity is also good and Ray is more active :crabbigsmile (I literally tried to type that emoji on my phone so just imagine it being there if it doesn't work)
He's crawling all over my wrist..and he's sayin', "Won't you hurry up and get the mist?
"Feels like a desert around.. my bowls and sand mounds..so Imma frown..
"SO WILL YOU GET THE MIST!?"
Me - "HECK YEAH!"
(To the tune of "Business" by Eminem)

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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by shanedaman112 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:34 pm

Happens to all of us at some point. I've been having major humidity issues in my 40 as of late too. I rewrapped my lid and mixed a gallon of water in the sub to get it moist again. My bubblers (in both pools, 1/3 gal each) took care of it from there. I'm also getting a new heater since the temps a little low. Point is, I think you're doing fine, especially on the tight schedule. I wish you, Ray, Cracker, Mike, Marshall, and Percy good luck :)
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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by The Franckinator » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:02 pm

shanedaman112 wrote:Happens to all of us at some point. I've been having major humidity issues in my 40 as of late too. I rewrapped my lid and mixed a gallon of water in the sub to get it moist again. My bubblers (in both pools, 1/3 gal each) took care of it from there. I'm also getting a new heater since the temps a little low. Point is, I think you're doing fine, especially on the tight schedule. I wish you, Ray, Cracker, Mike, Marshall, and Percy good luck :)
Are you getting one of those heaters that can be insulated?
He's crawling all over my wrist..and he's sayin', "Won't you hurry up and get the mist?
"Feels like a desert around.. my bowls and sand mounds..so Imma frown..
"SO WILL YOU GET THE MIST!?"
Me - "HECK YEAH!"
(To the tune of "Business" by Eminem)

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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by shanedaman112 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:30 pm

The Franckinator wrote:Are you getting one of those heaters that can be insulated?
Indeed, I consider these the best UTHs of all time basically http://www.reptilebasics.com/ultratherm-heat-pads
2 small PPs: Leonardo, Biscuit
3 medium to large PPs: Kermit Rocketson, Lulu, Strawberry (named because he is red, not actually a straw)
1 Neon Tetra: Stevie. 1 Crawfish: Larry
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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by kieagcarm » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:49 am

What kind of substrate is that? Almost looks like mulch

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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by The Franckinator » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:01 am

kieagcarm wrote:What kind of substrate is that? Almost looks like mulch

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Kind of. It's shredded coconut
He's crawling all over my wrist..and he's sayin', "Won't you hurry up and get the mist?
"Feels like a desert around.. my bowls and sand mounds..so Imma frown..
"SO WILL YOU GET THE MIST!?"
Me - "HECK YEAH!"
(To the tune of "Business" by Eminem)

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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by GotButterflies » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:39 am

That looks like coconut husk. I would recommend that you get ecoearth. It is finely shredded coconut husk. It resembles dirt more, and will not stab the hermits abdomens. Plus they can bury themselves in it a lot easier.


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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by nancat » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:34 pm

GotButterflies wrote:That looks like coconut husk. I would recommend that you get ecoearth. It is finely shredded coconut husk. It resembles dirt more, and will not stab the hermits abdomens. Plus they can bury themselves in it a lot easier. Image


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Just from my personal experience, when the heat had gone out in my apartment, I just drape a small blanket or towel over the tank and that helps hold in the heat. It's not a permanent solution though, so I've ended up running to the pet store to get another UTH. I have 4 of those! I used them to intermittently, not all at once unless it's really cold in my apt (I live in the northeast). I unplug the ones the crabbies don't hang out next to. But you're right, they will pile up and cuddle up next to one when they get chilly! When you see them doing that, then you know you have to adjust the temperature! Good luck and keep us posted!


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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by The Franckinator » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:58 pm

@GotButterflies I've actually been using this stuff for quite a while. I haven't noticed anything bad with Ray and he's been through many successful molts while using this stuff. Have you heard any bad stories about Coco husk?

@nancat I was actually thinking about draping a towel over one side at night and lifting in the day. I, too, have four heaters, but mine are kept on constantly - hopefully, insulating with the towel will help
He's crawling all over my wrist..and he's sayin', "Won't you hurry up and get the mist?
"Feels like a desert around.. my bowls and sand mounds..so Imma frown..
"SO WILL YOU GET THE MIST!?"
Me - "HECK YEAH!"
(To the tune of "Business" by Eminem)

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Re: Should I Continue Crabbing?

Post by GotButterflies » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:58 pm

The Franckinator wrote:@GotButterflies I've actually been using this stuff for quite a while. I haven't noticed anything bad with Ray and he's been through many successful molts while using this stuff. Have you heard any bad stories about Coco husk?

@nancat I was actually thinking about draping a towel over one side at night and lifting in the day. I, too, have four heaters, but mine are kept on constantly - hopefully, insulating with the towel will help
If it's working, and you haven't had any issues, then I wouldn't worry about it!


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