29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

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29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by Motörcrab » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:35 pm

Xenocrab and I just finished the nursery tank for Mary Akers captive bred babies we are adopting next weekend at Crab Con. We have been planning this tank for months slowly getting everything we needed before starting the build. We finally started it last weekend and finished it up today!

We are extremely happy with how it turned out! We think it is very bright, cheerful, and fun!

Xenocrab make all the jute and hemp vines, decorated the flower pots, and moss pit. I made the baby wheel, backdrop, and did a majority of the zip tying. We both worked together with the the overall layout! Fleabag even helped!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by curlysister » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:50 pm

WOW!!
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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by Hermiesguardian » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:14 pm

Wow! I want to live in it.
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Post by Motörcrab » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:54 am

Thanks for the great response! We love how this turned out!

We were also told the shell we currently have sorted may be too big for these guys. If you look at the pictures with the lighthouse there is one shell sitting on the upper ledge. We are still having a tough time with realizing how tiny these babies actually are!
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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by Motörcrab » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:58 am

These are the shell we thought would be a good size. Mary told us the periwinkle shell 11 o'clock to the dime about what size shell they are currently wearing!Image

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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by RiNiKy506 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:07 pm

I love it! It’s so perfect!


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Post by Scarletfire » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:18 am

Omg it looks amazing! Do you have any on progress photos?

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Post by Xenocrab » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:33 am

I have a few pics of the start of the tank. After those pics, it went fast. It's all set up and stabilized. We are ready for CrabCon in 5 days!ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by Motörcrab » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:58 am

The small palm trees were make out of half round pieces of cholla cut to be flat. The larger ones were from one small diameter piece of cholla that I cut lengthwise into quarters. The leaves we're from vines we got at Hobby Lobby and pulled apart into smaller pieces.

Xenocrab crab braided all the ropes/vines. We wrapped the tension rods with the ropes and zip tied the ends so they stay in place.

Once we figured out placement of the tension rods. They hold the backdrop in place. We started experimenting with placement of the hanging chollas so it is still easy access for maintenance Al also food and water changes. Once we figured out those locations we zip tied everything in place to hold everything.

The longest part was the prep work, building the background, making the braids, and making the baby wheel and getting it to spin freely after a few changes.
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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by Motörcrab » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:03 pm

I'm really hoping they use the micro wheel. It spins freely for us. With how tiny the babies are I'm not sure they will have enough body weight to spin it. At least it is there for them to try.Image

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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by RiNiKy506 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:15 pm

That wheel is just too precious! You two really are the king and queen of crabby do-it-yourself, always the best ideas! I can’t get over that baby tank!

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Post by Xenocrab » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:20 pm

We are adopting 4 E's and we know how active they are. Super active and curious. So, we wanted to make sure they had as much climbing things as possible. Everything is secured safely and they can climb and explore as much as they want.

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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by odelayheehoo » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:25 pm

Outstanding! :) I think it’s crazy creative! :cloud9:

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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by Xenocrab » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:18 pm

Thank you! We put a lot of thought into the tank. We love all our crabbies and try to do our best for all of them. My husband brings out a creative side in me that I didn't know that I had. It's an absolute honor to adopt these precious babies and, like our other crabbies, we want nothing but the best for them.

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Re: 29 Gallon Crabby Nursery

Post by GotButterflies » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:16 pm

I saw this on Instagram, and it really doesn't do the tank justice! You both are soooo creative! I love it!! It's so adorable! Great job!
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