Crab climbing on grate.

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Crab climbing on grate.

Post by Drake X. Bit » Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:33 pm

My crab has climbed onto the grate at the top of my tank, and I'm afraid that if it falls, it'll get hurt. Should I let it find its ways back down, or try to help it some way? There are branches for it to climb down on, but they're a little short, and I know not to pull on them, or they could lose limbs.

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Re: Crab climbing on grate.

Post by daws409 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:30 pm

Drake X. Bit wrote:My crab has climbed onto the grate at the top of my tank, and I'm afraid that if it falls, it'll get hurt. Should I let it find its ways back down, or try to help it some way? There are branches for it to climb down on, but they're a little short, and I know not to pull on them, or they could lose limbs.
Let him be. If he falls, he's not going to fall that far. We had a similar discussion a few months ago. I'll have to find that post.

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Re: Crab climbing on grate.

Post by daws409 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:34 pm

Here's the link to the 'falling' post. http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/ph ... p?t=112801

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Re: Crab climbing on grate.

Post by Drake X. Bit » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:47 pm

daws409 wrote:
Drake X. Bit wrote:My crab has climbed onto the grate at the top of my tank, and I'm afraid that if it falls, it'll get hurt. Should I let it find its ways back down, or try to help it some way? There are branches for it to climb down on, but they're a little short, and I know not to pull on them, or they could lose limbs.
Let him be. If he falls, he's not going to fall that far. We had a similar discussion a few months ago. I'll have to find that post.

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Thanks for the feedback, I'll let him be and have him come down on his own.


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Re: Crab climbing on grate.

Post by Dragonfreak » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:22 pm

My Niki does it all the time I got a new tank ,lid had fun with that ...But if they get up they can get down

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Post by CrabMater » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:26 pm

Hi Drake, my fave daredevil crab John dangles and falls every day. I just made sure all the rocks and hard stuff was out of his crash zone/floor
Hes a real nut. I found him sleeping in the plastic cup guard for the lamp, inside the tank hood. I believe he's supposed to climb and dangle. They are tree /vine crabs. I posted about this not long ago. Now that he/they just crash onto sand/soft wood its no problem. :crabblush:
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Re: Crab climbing on grate.

Post by Drake X. Bit » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:49 pm

There is some rust on the grate, because I used to, instead of lifting it up to refill their water dishes, pour it through the grate. Could the rust hurt the crabs? Because if it did that wouldn't be GREAT for me,

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Re: Crab climbing on grate.

Post by Hermiearth » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:05 pm

You should never have metal in the crabitat. Rust could most definitely hurt the crabs and the grate should be taken out and replaced with something asap.


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Post by GotButterflies » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:57 pm

I agree. You don't want anything that the crabs can eat that can be harmful to them. Instead of that, you can purchase recycled fish net from craft stores :)
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Post by aussieJJDude » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:06 am

Hermiearth wrote:You should never have metal in the crabitat. Rust could most definitely hurt the crabs and the grate should be taken out and replaced with something asap.
Studies done actually indicate the opposite...
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Post by LadyJinglyJones » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:22 am

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Re: Crab climbing on grate.

Post by Hermiearth » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:26 pm

aussieJJDude wrote:
Hermiearth wrote:You should never have metal in the crabitat. Rust could most definitely hurt the crabs and the grate should be taken out and replaced with something asap.
Studies done actually indicate the opposite...
http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/ph ... 37&t=79277
Really? All I have ever heard was not to have metal in a crabitat? Is this fact wrong?


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Hermit Crabs on grate for 24 hours??

Post by Drake X. Bit » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:19 pm

Yesterday, I voiced my concern of my crab (now crabs) climbing on the grate at the top of my tank here: http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/ph ... 7&t=113361, and we came to the conclusion that this was natural and they'd find their way down. However, they've now been up there for 24 hours, and I'm concerned that they aren't eating or drinking. Should I continue to let them sit there, or should I finally intervene? I could slip some food on the grate for them to eat.

P.S. I can confirm that they are alive, as they are moving.

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Re: Hermit Crabs on grate for 24 hours??

Post by Drake X. Bit » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:50 pm

Alright, one has gotten down, but the other is currently okay. I no longer require help.

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Post by GotButterflies » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:03 am

:) Glad to hear!
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