Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

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Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by FinalxFantasy » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:48 pm

I'm having an extremely hard time finding moss that holds humidity. What if I just got a reptile humidifier for my hermits and Halloween crabs?
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Re: Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by aussieJJDude » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:20 pm

You can, I have a home humidifier that I've DIYed into a humidifier for my crabs. The water reservoir is bigger and was a lot cheaper too!


Its important to mention that adding addition water vapour can lead to flooding. So would reccomend having something like a false bottom or a DIY well (like a small inch PVC pipe cut in half lengthwise to examine for water in the substrate) so you can gauge the amount of water building up.


Also reccomend having it on a timer or a hydrostat (a device that will turn it off/on with pre set thresholds)


In a lot of cases, a simple testing of your humidity gauge will show that it is being faulty. So I'd reccomend testing it to see if it is working correctly before buying a humidifier. Or if you havent already, try closing up big gaps in the lid, or adding airstones to your pools and see if that helps boost the humidity a bit.

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Re: Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by FinalxFantasy » Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:10 pm

well I already have a humidity gauge, so i guess I'll know if something goes wrong
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Re: Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by wodesorel » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:31 am

No, a humidity gauge is not going to tell you how much water has settled into the substrate. The air in the tank can be relatively dry, while there can still be standing water at the very bottom which will drown molters and grow harmful bacteria. The droplets will always sink to the lowest point and pool.

I am all for humidifiers and I used one for years myself, but it has to be monitored closely and done safely or it will cause more problems then it solves!

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Re: Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by scuttlecrusty22 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:22 am

The best thing to use for your crabs is an accurite thermometer and hygrometer, It is all digital so its very easy to read and the one I have also tells your the highs and lows of the humidity during a 24 hour period. :tongue3:
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Re: Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by FinalxFantasy » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:59 pm

wodesorel wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:31 am
No, a humidity gauge is not going to tell you how much water has settled into the substrate. The air in the tank can be relatively dry, while there can still be standing water at the very bottom which will drown molters and grow harmful bacteria. The droplets will always sink to the lowest point and pool.

I am all for humidifiers and I used one for years myself, but it has to be monitored closely and done safely or it will cause more problems then it solves!
I wouldn't have a problem with that. I'm used to checking on my pets often. Does exo terra forest moss work too though? Do they need a specific type?
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Re: Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by aussieJJDude » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:43 am

Moss working... as in, a humidity gauge (no) or to increase humidity (yes).


All mosses virtually work the same, due to having a high surface area which increases evaporation. So yes, that moss can be used as long as it hasn't been dyed or sprayed.

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Re: Getting a reptile humidifier for crabs?

Post by curlysister » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:13 am

What is the humidity in your tank?
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