My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

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My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:43 pm

ImageImage It’s 10 gal and I have a small UTH but the warm side is only 75 degrees F. The humidity is 90%


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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Maddamay32 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:46 pm

Super cute and awesome! Other than getting a little bigger UTH and some more stuff for your crabs to climb on it looks perfect!! All your shells are lovely too btw. How many babies do you have?

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:49 pm

Maddamay32 wrote:Super cute and awesome! Other than getting a little bigger UTH and some more stuff for your crabs to climb on it looks perfect!! All your shells are lovely too btw. How many babies do you have?

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Thanks!! I have one small and the other one is kinda a medium. Gretchen and Jeffery :) they werw under the coconut shell in the picture


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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Maddamay32 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:52 pm

Oh! Also I didn't see any other lid in the pic besides suranwrap, which is totally fine except crabs are escape artists lol. Definitely invest in a lid asap if you haven't already.

I really like the name Gretchen lol, makes me want to get another crab just to steal that name ;)

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:01 pm

Maddamay32 wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:52 pm
Oh! Also I didn't see any other lid in the pic besides suranwrap, which is totally fine except crabs are escape artists lol. Definitely invest in a lid asap if you haven't already.

I really like the name Gretchen lol, makes me want to get another crab just to steal that name ;)

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Thanks! I've always loved that name but I never knew anyone who did :) I actually have a lid that slides into a track on top of my cage but I read that a screen doesn't keep in humidity so I wrapped Suran Wrap around it. They won't be escaping lol.

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Maddamay32 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:05 pm

That's Perfect! Probably why your humidy stays so high haha. How long have you had your crabs?

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:13 pm

Maddamay32 wrote:That's Perfect! Probably why your humidy stays so high haha. How long have you had your crabs?

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Since June. I’m writing a research paper on them.


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Post by Maddamay32 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:16 pm

Oh nice, you've had them for a few months then. So is your paper going to be about the behavior you've witnessed while you've had them? Or more so what you've read and studied?

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:17 pm

Maddamay32 wrote:Oh nice, you've had them for a few months then. So is your paper going to be about the behavior you've witnessed while you've had them? Or more so what you've read and studied?

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiesguardian » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:04 pm

Welcome! The most important suggestion is the size of your tank. It should be minimum a 10 gal. Especially with 2 crabs. What do you feed them? They need calcium and protein daily. As well as a variety of other foods.
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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:13 pm

Hermiesguardian wrote:Welcome! The most important suggestion is the size of your tank. It should be minimum a 10 gal. Especially with 2 crabs. What do you feed them? They need calcium and protein daily. As well as a variety of other foods.
Sorry I meant to say 10gal. I don’t know why I said 5. I’m hoping to upgrade to a 20 gal maybe for Christmas. I feed a mixture of hermit crab food and grains and fruits and veggies. In the picture was barely flax and hermit crab food. I just added a piece of organic apple. I bought the mineral blocks for hermit crabs. Does that have calcium in it?


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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:32 pm

Hermiehomes4Gretchen wrote: Sorry I meant to say 10gal. I don’t know why I said 5. I’m hoping to upgrade to a 20 gal maybe for Christmas. I feed a mixture of hermit crab food and grains and fruits and veggies. In the picture was barely flax and hermit crab food. I just added a piece of organic apple. I bought the mineral blocks for hermit crabs. Does that have calcium in it?


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The mineral blocks probably have some calcium in them. But you might want to add a high calcium item like cuttlebone or a little dish filled with calcium powder. I have both in my tank. I find my crab Beau sitting in the calcium powder dish often. Image

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:34 pm

CrabbyLover77 wrote:The mineral blocks probably have some calcium in them. But you might want to add a high calcium item like cuttlebone or a little dish filled with calcium powder. I have both in my tank. I find my crab Beau sitting in the calcium powder dish often. Image

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Awww ok I’ve heard that you can use eggshells. Should I boil the egg first?


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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:29 pm

Hermiehomes4Gretchen wrote: Awww ok I’ve heard that you can use eggshells. Should I boil the egg first?


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Eggshells are great too. If you're hardboiling eggs for the crabs or yourself, then the shell is already clean and ready to go. If you use a shell from just cracking an egg, you have to wash it out and bake it in the oven to dry and sanitize it. At least that's how I do it to feed the shells to the birds, and then keep a little left over for the crabbies. Image

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Re: My beginner crabitat. Any suggestions

Post by DevilNDisguise » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:05 pm

Hermiehomes4Gretchen wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:13 pm
Sorry I meant to say 10gal. I don’t know why I said 5. I’m hoping to upgrade to a 20 gal maybe for Christmas. I feed a mixture of hermit crab food and grains and fruits and veggies. In the picture was barely flax and hermit crab food. I just added a piece of organic apple. I bought the mineral blocks for hermit crabs. Does that have calcium in it?


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I know most commercial "hermit crab food" isn't actually good for them. But the rest of their diet sounds pretty good. :) I'm not sure about the mineral blocks, but a lot of commercial hermit crab stuff in general tends to lack. I put cuttlebone in my crabitat for calcium. I also agree with the post about having a dish of calcium powder, and actually plan to add that to my new tank.

Love the setup you have going, you're doing great!
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