Naked crab won't go in shell

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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by Moonlightdreams » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:14 pm

heyitseggs2 wrote:I just converted your temps to Fahrenheit and -1 degrees Celcius is 30 degrees Fahrenheit. That's below freezing. I don't know if I misread but I don't know how your tank can be that low.
22 C is about 71-72 F. Still on the low side, but not freezing! :wink:
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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by PinchersAndShells » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:27 pm

Madi.crab wrote:Oh. I read somewhere that the smell of a molting crab smells tasty to them so they go to eat them


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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by Madi.crab » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:51 pm

I have an update on Uma. Mum said she has left her shell again, mum respelled her for a second time for me because I'm at school. Is there any reason she would be doing that? What am I doing wrong?


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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by Madi.crab » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:10 am

At the moment she s hanging limply just inside her shell. I think she might be dead but she doesn't smell yet. What do I do? Would she be molting? Or is she actually dead


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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by wodesorel » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:37 am

Moonlightdreams wrote:
heyitseggs2 wrote:I just converted your temps to Fahrenheit and -1 degrees Celcius is 30 degrees Fahrenheit. That's below freezing. I don't know if I misread but I don't know how your tank can be that low.
22 C is about 71-72 F. Still on the low side, but not freezing! :wink:
That's as low as PPs can handle safely for any length of time. I was under the impression Aussies required more though? How much below 22 would it have dropped, as anything below 20 is the danger zone?

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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by Madi.crab » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:59 am

It could have dropped to below 15 degrees. She was near the heat mat too so she would have been warm. At the moment it's 25 degrees. I don't know if she is dead or not though. She is still hanging out of her shell limply


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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by GotButterflies » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:33 am

You definitely need to try to get the heat up. What kind of heat mat do you use? Some can be insulated which is why I ask.

In the meantime you can insulate the rest your tank. You can use aluminum foil, shiny side facing the inside of the crabitat. Then, do a layer of cardboard or styrofoam. This can help get the heat up. You can also try drying warm blankets/towels without a dryer sheet and drape it over the tank to help warm it up. You can do layers of this.

Try offering raw honey also. If you have access to bee pollen that would also help.

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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by heyitseggs2 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:51 pm

Moonlightdreams wrote:
heyitseggs2 wrote:I just converted your temps to Fahrenheit and -1 degrees Celcius is 30 degrees Fahrenheit. That's below freezing. I don't know if I misread but I don't know how your tank can be that low.
22 C is about 71-72 F. Still on the low side, but not freezing! :wink:
She said that her tank was -1 degrees Celcius
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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by soilentgringa » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:08 pm

They said that it was -1°C in general not that their tank was. It's winter in Australia right now.

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Post by heyitseggs2 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:45 pm

Oh, good. I was gonna say... :hlol:
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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by Madi.crab » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:15 pm

Unfortunately Uma didn't make it. The temp is 25 degrees at the moment so I have got the heat up. Why would she have left her shell twice and then died?


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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:26 pm

Madi.crab wrote:Unfortunately Uma didn't make it. The temp is 25 degrees at the moment so I have got the heat up. Why would she have left her shell twice and then died?


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Re: Naked crab won't go in shell

Post by heyitseggs2 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:05 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. Learn from your mistake and remember to keep your tank temps high.
My thoughts and prayers to you and your crabs.
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