Haha, I like your humor MudCrabDude.MudCrabDude wrote:Because land hermit crabs are EVIL! They're going to take over the world if you did!! Haven't you ever seen "District 9"?!?!? :covereyes:
Just kidding, of course. Bob's reasons are his own, and not my business.
Anyway, just a thought; a good source of tiny shells (for the hermit larva to inhabit) are random bags of coral sand or coral gravel, if your petshops around there carry coral sand or coral gravel. Here where I am, (L.A. CA, USA), I generally can find some micro shells when I sift through coral sand/gravel. However, they can be a bit pricey, though, and you generally need to look through the bag before purchasing to find micro shells (sometimes, the bags are just pure sand and contain no mini shells - while other bags have loads of micro shells).
I actually kept a couple of these micro shells, in the highly unlikely event that, one day, I too find hermit larva in my water pools.
Thank you for the tip! I have found coral sand in our pet store, but the only shells that are in it are broken in many tiny pieces.. But I will look trough more bags of coral sand, and see if I can find any shells that aren't broken. ^^
I hope they do breed for you, it is so amazing!
I am not here to discuss his reasons, they may be whatever he like. The only thing I care about is to provide my animals - whatever specie and whatever age they are - the best care I can possibly give them. So I believe most of you would understand if it feels a bit frustrating to know that someone actually has raised baby hermit crabs, but aren't willing to share his information. Therefore I am very, very, VERY grateful to everyone here on HCA, for your help with what to feed them, and also those papers on the C. compressus babies. You're all the best!samurai_crab wrote:What I'm really interested in is how they exactly make the transition from the ocean to land. Do they molt in the water first then have to leave the water immediately or drown, or do they hit land and then quickly molt. I'm also curious exactly how tiny we are talking when they hit the land stage. I really hope you do have success in getting them to the later stages, I know I'm rooting for you
I agree with Mudcrab, Bob's reasons are his own. Keep in mind though you aren't trying to run a business/research. Yours is purely from a hobbyist/pet owner standpoint. He may be keeping his ideas so others don't take them and attempt to get credit/publish the work first or take his information and make money off it. I don't believe Bob is in it to make money, its a hobby but it'd be a shame if someone stole all his work and made billions, which I really think you could do if you could get the crabs to breed reliably considering the babies don't have the predators they would in the ocean. I mean how many eggs did the crab lay that you had? 1000's possibly?
Yeah, I think it was even more than 1000, but the babies my female hatched died the first day, since I didn't have enough salt in the water. The babies I have now are the babies I happened to hatch by mistake when I sprayed water over the eggs I took from the place where she had cleaned out her shell.
Do you think ruggies also stay in the water for just a month too?wodesorel wrote:So figure about around month in the water, and then they'll want to emerge onto land. It did specifically say that those babies who chose a shell before burying in have a much greater chance at surviving, so I guess some try to go for it naked. It said their babies were between 4mm and 6mm in size - that is some really really teeny shells!