Strawberry won't stop digging

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Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by shanedaman112 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:49 pm

I have a new medium-large crab named strawberry (not actually a straw) that digs all over the tank every day. my concern here is that I have 2 crabs down for a molt right now, and the tank is only a 20 gal. Everyday I fear he's going to run into one of the crabs during their molt and end up hurting them. Is there anything I can really do? I am actually looking at a 40 gal on craigslist at this very moment, But for now, what do I do? Can I do anything?
2 small PPs: Leonardo, Biscuit
3 medium to large PPs: Kermit Rocketson, Lulu, Strawberry (named because he is red, not actually a straw)
1 Neon Tetra: Stevie. 1 Crawfish: Larry
R.I.P. Larry, Crabby, and Hermie (all PPs) O'mally (Neon Tetra) John Cena(Crawfish)

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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by Lburns » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:22 am

I have 4 in a 10 gallon. I've been worried about that also. But, I've had multiple molts and crabs molting at the same time with no trouble. As long as your substrate is deep enough, there should be plenty of room for them. 6-8 inches at least. Unless you want to set up an isolation tank for Strawberry to molt in, I don't think there is anything you can really do. Just watch carefully for any sign of trouble and wait nervously. :lol: Once they dig down they tunnel and can really go anywhere. They don't necessarily molt right under the spot where they dig down initially. Sneaky sneaks!
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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by shanedaman112 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:18 pm

Well At least I'm upgrading soon anyway (because i'm super paranoid >.<) thanks though :D
2 small PPs: Leonardo, Biscuit
3 medium to large PPs: Kermit Rocketson, Lulu, Strawberry (named because he is red, not actually a straw)
1 Neon Tetra: Stevie. 1 Crawfish: Larry
R.I.P. Larry, Crabby, and Hermie (all PPs) O'mally (Neon Tetra) John Cena(Crawfish)

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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by StarWarsHermitCrab » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:50 pm

Do you have an ISO tank?
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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by kuza » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:23 pm

How deep is your substrate? Maybe you can lightly top it up a few more inches to give him digging room.

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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by shanedaman112 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:53 am

It is true that I definitely need to add more sub but I've never added any if there were crabs molting so it get's me really paranoid at the thought of it :/
2 small PPs: Leonardo, Biscuit
3 medium to large PPs: Kermit Rocketson, Lulu, Strawberry (named because he is red, not actually a straw)
1 Neon Tetra: Stevie. 1 Crawfish: Larry
R.I.P. Larry, Crabby, and Hermie (all PPs) O'mally (Neon Tetra) John Cena(Crawfish)

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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by megmaholm » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:47 am

No need to be paranoid about adding more sub :) Just add it a handful at a time and don't pack it down. Assuming the rest of you sub is the right consistency, your molters will be fine.
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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by shanedaman112 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:16 am

question though.. how do I get the new sub the right consistency? should I mix it in something else beforehand? thanks :D
2 small PPs: Leonardo, Biscuit
3 medium to large PPs: Kermit Rocketson, Lulu, Strawberry (named because he is red, not actually a straw)
1 Neon Tetra: Stevie. 1 Crawfish: Larry
R.I.P. Larry, Crabby, and Hermie (all PPs) O'mally (Neon Tetra) John Cena(Crawfish)

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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by megmaholm » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:55 am

Yep, just mix it in something else first - I like to use a 5 gallon bucket from some place like Lowe's or Rural King since they're cheap. Any big container will work, especially if you're only mixing a little at a time.
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Re: Strawberry won't stop digging

Post by shanedaman112 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:55 pm

thanks :D
2 small PPs: Leonardo, Biscuit
3 medium to large PPs: Kermit Rocketson, Lulu, Strawberry (named because he is red, not actually a straw)
1 Neon Tetra: Stevie. 1 Crawfish: Larry
R.I.P. Larry, Crabby, and Hermie (all PPs) O'mally (Neon Tetra) John Cena(Crawfish)

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