Evolution of a Crabitat

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Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:05 pm

I have been hard at work on creating a new home for my new crabbies. Thanks to Kornchaser, I can now post photos, many to follow shortly. :) (I still have to figure out how to start a thread on Tapatalk, so in the meantime I just have to start my post in my regular web browser, lol...)


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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:20 pm

Here's what I found on Craigslist.

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After much scrubbing.

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In its new spot.

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A fleet of false bottom feet.

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Egg crate patched to fit.

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Egg crate wrapped up in weed block.

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Added a pull strap, as the fit is snug.

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Plastic canvas pinch barrier sewn on.

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Hole in the corner for evacuation tube.

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A thread adapter and plug so no one can fall in.

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And now I think I am ready for substrate.

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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by CallaLily » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:23 pm

Looks great so far!

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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Crabinski » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:02 pm

That's a fabulous tank! How many gallons is it and, in the case of all craigslist buys, I'm compelled to ask what you paid for it (asking prices for tanks vary so widely across the country).
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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Asheka » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:52 pm

Looks awesome!
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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:40 pm

Thanks! I am enjoying the process, just wish stuff would stop getting in the way, like the neighbor needing to go to the doctor, one of my cats being sick (still trying to figure out which one!), a new reaction to one of my meds... sigh.

Crabinski, I paid $200, for which I got this 55 gallon tank with the stand, a 15 gallon turtle tank, a honking big tank filter that goes in the cabinet underneath, a hang on the back filter, a clamp fixture for a heat bulb, a power strip, several turtle climbing things I think I can use, a piece of slate that I probably can't use, two undergravel filters I may be able to use in my aquarium, a handful of tank cleaning paraphernalia, and a bunch of gravel. Oh, and a background, which will probably go on my currently naked aquarium.

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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by KellyCrabbieLove » Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:59 am

Great deal
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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Form » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:10 pm

I had a few pieces of slate from a used tank purchase too. I don't know the size/shape of yours, but mine turned out to be really handy. I used them as a flat, stable, non-molding surface to go between the substrate and wood items, to prevent the wood from sitting on the moist substrate and potentially molding.

All of my wood is perched on top of either slate, rocks, or large seashells and so far it seems to be working. You can hardly even tell its there, because the crabs eventually pile sand on top of it, but it still keeps most of it off the ground.
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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:22 pm

Hm. That is food for thought.


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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:10 pm

I've installed some corner guard. Well, maybe more than some, I used all eight feet.

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A 5 gallon tank makes a nice eco earth moistening vessel.

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This is one 50 pound bag of sand, one eco earth brick, and almost two gallons of water total.

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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:13 pm

Now I have a dilemma; I am second guessing my choice of heat source, and have to make a decision about that before I can put any more substrate in.


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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:48 am

Opted to order an Ultratherm. Mixed up another batch of substrate yesterday, it's waiting in a tote. Was trying to figure out what I was going to do until the uth arrives, looked around and realized my house has become a total wreck. Guess I have something to work on after all. :shock:

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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by soilentgringa » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:46 am

:-0 I was going to buy that tank!!! LOL the people let me make arrangements to pick it up and when I called to come get it; they said it was gone! That happened with the 300 lbs of play sand I was picking up too. I am glad your crabs are going into a nice big tank!!!

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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by Kleinerhejhog » Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:58 am

soilentgringa wrote::-0 I was going to buy that tank!!! LOL the people let me make arrangements to pick it up and when I called to come get it; they said it was gone!

OMIGOSH! OOPS! The guy gave me no indication that anyone else was even interested! Sorry about that... :anon:

I wonder if they sold all of the tanks, they had three others besides the ones I got.

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Re: Evolution of a Crabitat

Post by soilentgringa » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:22 pm

I think it is hilarious, no worries.

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