Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

For presenting do-it-yourself projects for your crabitat and for discussing and displaying custom built crabitats. Also for questions and reviews on equipment and products. *Stores and their reviews now have their own section in Classifieds*
Post Reply
User avatar

Topic author
sugarselections
Posts: 357
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:59 pm
Location: SW Ohio

Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by sugarselections » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:58 pm

I was able to get the new vivarium set up earlier than anticipated. I love it and so do the crabs!

The tank is a 36" x 36" x 18" Exo Terra terrarium. There's 11" of coco fiber substrate with UV bulbs in the hoods and a Reptifogger above.

The plants on the substrate are planted in completely enclosed containers to keep them separate from the substrate because I rehydrate my coco fiber with diluted salt water. The plants include calathea freddie, snow white zebra plant, bird's nest fern, and monstera adansonii (narrow leaf form.) I cleaned and quarantined the plants after I got them. They are all from my favorite local greenhouse, which has been in business for over 120 years. Because potting soil is unsafe, I used a mixture of coco fiber and worm castings for planting.

Except for the manzanita centerpiece, practically everything changed as I was designing this project. I started with plan A and I'm at about plan Z now.


Here's a short video tour on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dpj5syb6ZM8

full view
Image

left side
Image

Mutsu in the calathea
Image

Kola on the manzanita
Image

left side
Image

Mutsu
Image

right side
Image

before the decor
Image

finalizing the mock-up on my work bench
Image

User avatar

aussieJJDude
Administrator
Administrator
Posts: 4631
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:12 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by aussieJJDude » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:39 pm

I think it turned out awesome. I love the plants you have in there! :)

Cslatheas are such a pain, and hate tap water. Be interesting to sed how they'll turn out in the tank. They so finicky!


How many crabs do you have in there Sugar?

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

Crabs || Fish || Shrimp || Snails || Plants || Insects

25G Nano Freshwater || 64G Freshwater Community || 90G Fancy Goldie Pond || 64G Crabitat
I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'... They're just things I forgot I had planned to get || Self Designated 'HCA Pic Fan' 2012+

User avatar

Wlfwo
Posts: 185
Joined: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:24 pm

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by Wlfwo » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:33 am

It turned out fantastic.

Sent from my SM-J337A using Tapatalk

I can hear my 75g whispering from the barn.

User avatar

Maddamay32
Posts: 255
Joined: Thu May 23, 2019 5:34 pm
Location: Texas

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by Maddamay32 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:45 pm

Everything looks beautiful, including your crabs! What a beautiful tank to have in your home

Sent from my cp3705AS using Tapatalk

9 crabs at the moment "Tarzan, Kermit, Shy guy, Eduardo, Jimbo, Sharkboy, Rosa, Diesel, Treaker"

User avatar

Links
Posts: 415
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:41 am
Location: United States

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by Links » Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:23 pm

Inspiring!!!

User avatar

Topic author
sugarselections
Posts: 357
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:59 pm
Location: SW Ohio

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by sugarselections » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:53 pm

aussieJJDude wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:39 pm
I think it turned out awesome. I love the plants you have in there! :)

Calatheas are such a pain, and hate tap water. Be interesting to sed how they'll turn out in the tank. They so finicky!
Thanks! I think there will be a long adjustment period to find out which plants work the best for me and the crabs in this setting.

I recently removed the calathea and replaced it with a ribbon fern because if there is one thing this vivarium has taught me it's that hermit crabs love ferns. The calathea was very healthy, probably because the crabs didn't really care about it. They were too busy eating the entire birds nest fern and tearing apart the adansonii.

User avatar

Topic author
sugarselections
Posts: 357
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:59 pm
Location: SW Ohio

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by sugarselections » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:53 pm

Wlfwo wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:33 am
It turned out fantastic.

Sent from my SM-J337A using Tapatalk
Thanks!

User avatar

Topic author
sugarselections
Posts: 357
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:59 pm
Location: SW Ohio

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by sugarselections » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:55 pm

Maddamay32 wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:45 pm
Everything looks beautiful, including your crabs! What a beautiful tank to have in your home Image

Sent from my cp3705AS using Tapatalk
Thanks! The crabitat is in my home office where I spend most of the day so I get to appreciate it and watch the crabs' antics a lot.

User avatar

Topic author
sugarselections
Posts: 357
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:59 pm
Location: SW Ohio

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by sugarselections » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:56 pm

Links wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:23 pm
Inspiring!!!
Thanks!

User avatar

GotButterflies
Administrator
Administrator
Posts: 7007
Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:56 pm
Location: Florida
Contact:

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Post by GotButterflies » Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:08 am

WOW!!! This is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it!!! I love all of your live plants too!! I also have a green thumb, but not brave enough to put beloved plants in with my hermies! ;) LOL!!! I know they would DESTROY them!

Just out of curiosity, is there a reason why you don't aerate your pools?
Truly blessed to have incredible creatures, wonderful friends and my amazing family in my life!! I'm very thankful & grateful for all of them! www.thehealthyhermit.com

Post Reply