hello I am new to all things crabby and I was worrying( again) about molting.. my lil crab is buried and I haven't saw him in 2 days, but I don't know if he surfaces when I am asleep..IF he is molting what do I do for him if I have no idea where in the tank he is? I am afraid the other crabs will eat him!! and should crabs be up and around all day or is it normal for them to bury in the sand and only come out at night? any info or thoughts would be appreciated
Posts: 343 How Many Crabs Do You Have?: My son currently has sixteen LHC. We take care of them as a family, but they are most definitely "his crabs".Buster (M), Tiki (UNK), Lulu (UNK), Bejamin (M), Axle (UNK), Trista (UNK), Elliot (UNK), Tinsel (F) Registered: Mar 13, 2013 15:59:26 GMT -5
It is normal to be nervous and worry over your crabs, especially when you are a new owner. If he is molting he will need to be left alone, don't worry he knows what to do. You will need to make sure there is fresh and salt water, a calcium supplement and a protein source available for when he resurfaces. Making sure your other crabs needs are taken care of should keep them from looking for the molter.
Our crabs are used to coming out at night because in the wild coming out during the day would make them easy prey for predators. It takes time, but once they start to feel safe and secure and the environmental conditions are correct, they will start venturing out during the daytime. At least that has been my experience with them.
OH GOOD!!!! I was hoping I would get this type of response. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I know they are probably they same questions you answer over and over hh, but I really appreciate your time. Now I will just wait and hopefully my tiny lil guy, Crabcakes, will come up safe and sound!
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Aug 17, 2015 21:08:13 GMT -5
Thanks stacy, that's pretty much what I would have said!
As she said if the tank is a comfy environment (enough space, deep enough sub, etc) & the others are well fed they won't bother your molter (cannibalism is actually much more rare in captivity than you'd think). Never, ever dig up a buried crab unless it is a dire emergency (floods, bacteria, mites).
In the wild the crabs are mostly nocturnal but not entirely as was once believed; they are also incredibly adaptable & smart. Once they know you aren't a threat you will see them out in the day more & more but as I always explain it imagine you've adopted a child whose language you don't speak; everyone will have a different time frame of when they get comfortable with each other. I have crabs I've had for years that will still roll over backwards when I walk by while literally the other 10 around them are like, "What is your problem, dude?" and others that will sleep dead center out in the open in the day with my kids running around the room (sometimes literally,hh).
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