What was aggression is now fear..

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What was aggression is now fear..

Post by Enson » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:35 am

So I got two new crabs and upon introducing them to my iso, they almost immediately got in a fight. I watched the bigger of the two reach out and try to snap something off the smaller one with his claw. I could actually hear the claw click shut. Luckily the smaller one was fast enough to dodge it. It happened a lot faster than I've seen hermit crabs move before. I thought this was odd since they came from the same place, but I went ahead and dunked them both in the dechlorinated fresh water since a lot of people say that helps with introducing new crabs to existing crabs.. well the aggression towards each other stopped. But now they are terrified. Their personalities changed completely. They were daytime (morning/evening) active and had no issue when people walked by the tank. Now (in my main tank) they hide in the coconut huts all day and won't come out until all the lights are off and no one is around. If I happen. To go past them after they have come out in the dark. I'll see them take off and hide and they won't come back out for hours.
Is there anything recommended for reducing their fear of people? I'm not looking to hold them, I just want them to feel comfortable as I move around outside their tank. It's in an area I walk past a lot so I'd hate to be interrupting them trying to eat/drink/climb/etc. Just because I walk past. And I can't move the tank. Tiny apartment = limited space.

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Re: What was aggression is now fear..

Post by DUDE » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:29 am

IMO they might just be stressed from being dipped in the fw, mine were the same (w/o the fighting) at first too. After a while they will get used to their surroundings:) However, I'm not completely sure so I would wait for someone more experienced to reply in case something really is wrong.

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Re: What was aggression is now fear..

Post by GotButterflies » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:50 pm

Hi there! Do you have a lot of hiding spaces for them?

When you say they were really active before do you mean your previous crabs or the new crabs?
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