Is my tank too crowded?

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Is my tank too crowded?

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:34 pm

I have been thinking, maybe my tank is too crowded. It’s currently housing seven PPs, and two Es which I thought was a bit much. I see minimal space when all of my crabs come out, they could use some room.

So, this has me thinking, maybe I need to adopt out a couple of my PPs to a different home. I currently have a borderline jumbo, a large, lots of mediums, and a few smalls including the Es.

Do you think that’s for the best?


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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by heyitseggs2 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:08 pm

Hi there.
How many gallons is your tank? The HCA recommends 5 gallons per crab and 10 gallons per jumbo crab.
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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:09 pm

heyitseggs2 wrote:Hi there.
How many gallons is your tank? The HCA recommends 5 gallons per crab and 10 gallons per jumbo crab.
55 gallons:)


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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by heyitseggs2 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:15 pm

You're fine. The jumbo needs ten gallons, and then the other eight need five each, so the minimum tank size you need is 50. So you even have room to spare. Thanks for checking though!
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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:23 pm

heyitseggs2 wrote:You're fine. The jumbo needs ten gallons, and then the other eight need five each, so the minimum tank size you need is 50. So you even have room to spare. Thanks for checking though!
If I remember correctly, jumbos need at least a 75 gallon tank, being 18 inches deep.
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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by heyitseggs2 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:37 pm

Nope. Not from what I remember.
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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:47 pm

heyitseggs2 wrote:Nope. Not from what I remember.
Okay, well I was wrong about the gallon size, but I remember being told by another member that a 75 was the minimum.
I still don't meet the width minimum of 18 inches.
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Post by wodesorel » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:20 pm

Official HCA guidelines:

Please note that the above is only a guide. Every hermit crab will get along with other hermit crabs and adjust to captivity differently. Some Es and Exotics may be too crowded by this guideline, while Purple Pinchers are normally fine with being more crowded. Enclosures that are over 55 gallons should be capable of supporting more hermit crabs then this list suggests. It's up to you to pay attention to all of your individual crabs needs and wants. Remember that hermit crabs can grow quickly and you should take into consideration the amount of space they'll require over time. Please adjust your tank size and hermit crab numbers according to your situation. Aquariums that are "tall" generally support less crabs than those that are "long" or "breeder". These guidelines are minimum recommendations, and hermit crabs may do better with more space per crab and with deeper substrate depth then what is stated here.

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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by soilentgringa » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:22 pm

We recommend a minimum 75 gallon tank for jumbos and 15 gallons per jumbo. 75's are the smallest tanks that have an 18 inch width afaik.

I've had a dozen PP's in a 55 before with no issue.

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Post by wodesorel » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:37 pm

soilentgringa wrote:. 75's are the smallest tanks that have an 18 inch width afaik.
There is such a thing as a 50 breeder (sometimes a 53 gallon) which is 36x18x20. Hard to find!

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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:08 pm

soilentgringa wrote:We recommend a minimum 75 gallon tank for jumbos and 15 gallons per jumbo. 75's are the smallest tanks that have an 18 inch width afaik.

I've had a dozen PP's in a 55 before with no issue.

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Well, but I have Es.
I want to know if this is something where I may need to adopt out or not.


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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by soilentgringa » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:11 pm

piratetoothgir wrote:
soilentgringa wrote:We recommend a minimum 75 gallon tank for jumbos and 15 gallons per jumbo. 75's are the smallest tanks that have an 18 inch width afaik.

I've had a dozen PP's in a 55 before with no issue.

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Well, but I have Es.
I want to know if this is something where I may need to adopt out or not.


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No. I've had E's for 2-3 years and only upgraded to the 150 about a year ago.

You only have like 7 crabs in a 55 gallon tank. If the substrate is deep enough then that's fine.

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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:19 pm

Okay, that’s wonderful news :)
I had thirteen inches, but it won’t stop settling, so now I have nine.
I will increase it a lot more once my molters come up.


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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by GotButterflies » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:34 pm

IMO you are overcrowded. You have 9 crabs - One is a borderline jumbo and two are Es. I certainly wouldn't add any more...
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Re: Is my tank too crowded?

Post by piratetoothgir » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:40 pm

GotButterflies wrote:IMO you are overcrowded. You have 9 crabs - One is a borderline jumbo and two are Es. I certainly wouldn't add any more...
Thanks, I really wanted to know for sure.
I do not plan on any more crabs, I actually wanted to get rid of a couple.
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