Dig up from molt :(

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Dig up from molt :(

Post by MrTeacherDude » Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:55 am

This morning when I woke up, digger, who has been down for around 2 weeks, was dug up and pulled from his shell. I'm thinking it was one of the new crabs who smelled a molting crab!

Rip Digger!!

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Re: Dig up from molt :(

Post by MsWorld » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:09 am

Oh no! I am sorry to hear that. How deep is your substrate?

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Post by MrTeacherDude » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:29 am

It varies. Where digger was the sub is about 6-7"

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Post by MsWorld » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:42 am

Wow!! Are these new crabs E's??? Cuz that is plenty of substrate.

I've got 13 crabs and every one has molted at least once if not twice. I know at least 4 that have molted twice and my substrate is between 6-8 inches depending where they are in the tank.

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Post by MrTeacherDude » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:12 am

No all my crabs are PP's

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Post by GotButterflies » Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:59 pm

Sorry to hear that!


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Post by soilentgringa » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:30 pm

MrTeacherDude wrote:It varies. Where digger was the sub is about 6-7"
6-7" is the bare minimum amount of substrate. In our care guide and the mock crabitat pictured, you'll see that we actually recommend that half the tank be full.

It is important to remember that they have unlimited digging space in the wild.

None of my tanks have less than 10-13" of substrate, for that reason.

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Dig up from molt :(

Post by MrTeacherDude » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:39 pm

My new tank will have approximately 10" of sub. Just have to wait to set it up within the next week to month...

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Post by soilentgringa » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:42 pm

MrTeacherDude wrote:My new tank will have approximately 10" of sub. Just have to wait to set it up within the next week to month...
Am excited to see it once setup! It will be in your classroom, yes?

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Post by MrTeacherDude » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:48 pm

soilentgringa wrote:
MrTeacherDude wrote:My new tank will have approximately 10" of sub. Just have to wait to set it up within the next week to month...
Am excited to see it once setup! It will be in your classroom, yes?

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It sure will! Transporting them in their current hexagon tank tomorrow where they will probably stay for a week or two until I can get the 75G set up. I have quite a bit of stuff in my Amazon cart just waiting for payday!

Students come next week, so they may get to experience the set up and regulation of the new tank!

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Post by MrTeacherDude » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:49 pm

Would there be a problem putting the current substrate as the top layer of the new tank? Kind of give them that familiar smell?!

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Post by soilentgringa » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:50 pm

That is really cool. All the kids that come over are always so fascinated by the crabs. I wish that more parents nurtured that quality instead of telling them that certain animals are "nasty" or "creepy".

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Post by isadoraisacat » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:18 pm

soilentgringa wrote:That is really cool. All the kids that come over are always so fascinated by the crabs. I wish that more parents nurtured that quality instead of telling them that certain animals are "nasty" or "creepy".

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The only thing thats "creepy" in this world is insensitive human beings who have no regard for wildlife.

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Re: Dig up from molt :(

Post by Kermie16 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:09 am

Oh no:( Hope Digger recovered ok from yesterday's incident. Poor guy! Did he re-shell himself or did u have to help him? Good luck with ur hermies in the classroom! What a great educational experience for the kids! Pics please of the set up :D

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