Almost emptied the salt water dish!

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Almost emptied the salt water dish!

Post by BlazeTheWeirdo » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:58 pm

So I realize I've only had my 5 crabs for 9 days, but my most active one just did something weird. Last night I mixed the THCP basic diet with a seafood mix to entice them out of hiding. Hawkeye came out for a bit. He's seems to be the only active one so far and last night was no exception. I felt good hearing him because I thought he was eating. This morning I checked the tank and found some weird changes. Hawkeye was hiding underneath the coconut hut, but the salt water dish was practically empty! Mind you I fill both water dishes to the brim every night. This is what I woke up to. (The blue dish is the salt water dish. The green dish is the fresh water).
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1u08ihsf78pz7 ... 7.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u5b8ddqz1kgbj ... 8.JPG?dl=0

I changed their saltwater to Instant Ocean stuff last night. I checked the dish for leaks and there were no leaks at all. The scary thing is that they didn't touch the food last night. Just the water.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/y8dpj7phr940z ... 9.JPG?dl=0

Now Hawkeye buried himself under the coconut hut, and BJ is the only surface crab left. Is this normal behavior? They ate a lot on day 5 but they didn't really eat anything since then and now this happened and it's day 9. Should I be worried?

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Re: Almost emptied the salt water dish!

Post by aussieJJDude » Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:03 pm

No. It sounds like they really enjoying their new salt water though! They sound like they are still settling in.

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Re: Almost emptied the salt water dish!

Post by odelayheehoo » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:21 pm

The fact that they are hiding is due to them being new and needing to settle in, there’s not much you can do to prevent that, but they will eventually come out soon enough and be as active as you would expect them to be :)

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Re: Almost emptied the salt water dish!

Post by BlazeTheWeirdo » Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:33 pm

So I just want to update people on some info I found regarding the salt water dish "issue?". By what I've been seeing it seems that hermit crabs bathe in salt water A LOT before they molt. Like a lot more apparently. It benefits them before the molting period. So in case you guys were wondering about a similar issue, that's what's probably happening. Also I'm wrong it was BJ. Hawkeye came back up. So... coolsies.

I don't know why, but for some reason, I was under the impression that they spent more time in the Fresh water before a molt. XD I know, I'm dumb.

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