Yes that is what i mean by burrows. I try to disturbe them as little as possible. I also did away with a shell shop, i find they change more often when the shells are on the ground for me. I like seeing the shell changes, that way i can check shells for problems and know that no one is shell bound. Do you have any wood or cork bark, what you can do is like i do , i made a feeding board. I put the food on top of the board in dishes or without dishes depending on if its something messy. This is a idea i stole from Bob. I loved seeing all his crabs come to the feeding board at feeding time. After spending the day and seeing very few crabs on the boards seeing feeding time with the board full of crabs was amazing..
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Jul 14, 2010 21:14:32 GMT -5
Well, when I had the shell shelf, it seemed like no one ever went up there. I never saw signs or swapped shells. My guys have all only ever changed on the ground....with the exception of poor Mothra. I thought he'd like this pretty black & white shell from Mel, so I put him on it, on the shell shelf. I was standing right there with him & talking to him. Well, he changed into it! I was like, "Cool, I just got my first crab to do what I wanted when I wanted-sweet!" Sooooo proud of myself. So I was gonna help guide him & show him how to get down. Well then, he turned to walk back the other way. I turned for a second and he rolled right off the shelf. I figured that was the only reason he kept the shell; he'd gone through somuch to get it,hh. It's really way to big for him, but i didn't know that till he put it on. :-[
I don't have any other wood things right now, I feed them in either a little flat clay plate or this little tupperware square, flat thing,hh. But I've been feeding them earlier & taking stuff out sooner, so hopefully the'll get the idea.
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
Most of my shell shopping baskets have been eliminated at this point too. They just don't seem to take to them as well. I spread them out some on the plexy shelves I build and some on the sand they seem to like it much better this way.
For climbing and moss pits I still love the corner shower caddies :-)
you usually wont see a color change untill after a molt. coco nut oil is great. Fresh coco nut is the best but you can also use coco nut oil (the thick white stuff) when you make popcorn or to add to dry foods to moisten it up. Coco nut oil will bring out the purple or blue in the crabs. Take lots of pictures so you can see changes before and after a molt!
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Aug 26, 2010 15:27:07 GMT -5
Well, I will get pics up here in the next day or two. It's so hard to motivate myself for packing when I just got back online, but....... I don't know if it was the coconut (I give them both frozen fresh & the powder, alternately) or all the dark berries, but my new molters have some amazing colors! They seem to have gained some really red & blue colors since molting. I couldn't be happier!
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
Post by crabbysara on Sept 1, 2010 22:02:43 GMT -5
Ok I'm just getting to reading this and I have a question. Every time I've EVER tried to open a coconut it has ended badly. I hurt myself or the darn thing is rank. So what's the trick? My guys are only getting dried and powered cocnut now am I'm sure they'd like fresh but I just can't spend the money only to stab myself and have a rancid nut on my hands. Tips?
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Sept 1, 2010 22:09:52 GMT -5
Try going to walmart buy coconut (cheap there). Look for one thats eyes are not crying and see if it sounds like it has a lot of liquid inside. Take a screw driver and a something to hit it with and puncture one hole and drain it then take it out to a sidewalk and pitch it at the concrete.... I'm guessing if you are afraid to try and puncture the eye you could just pitch it at the sidewalk... but it might be a bit more messy that way. I just froze the pieces then broke off what I needed when I needed it later.
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Wal mart has the scored kind, I get those and get a hammer. Then I put it on the drive way and smack it hard a couple of times with the hammer. It usually cracks open and all is good with the world... no injury involved.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Sept 2, 2010 23:13:22 GMT -5
HH, yeah, I guess not everyone has a hubby who used to be a meat cutter (translate-good with sharp stuff,hh) and likes to cut open coconuts with either a sword or machete.
You can also buy already cut coconut halves, then all you have to do is get the meat out, I will explain in a minute.
(BTW, Sue says they enjoy the milk too, so maybe we could try saving some?)
As for getting the meat out, you have two choices. You can chisel it out with a screwdriver, or you can smash the crap out of the coconut with a hammer. HOWEVER, if you chose the smashing method, understand that you can not do it on your kitchen counter or floor. You have to hit that sucker hard and often to get it to manageable sizes. Also, YOU MUST WRAP THE COCONUT IN SOMETHING YOU DON'T CARE IF IT RIPS. The husk is sharp when you break it and it can stab right right through, but having it wrapped up keeps your pieces from flying all over the place. Then, you just stick it in a ziplock (can be husk and all) and freeze it. You can give your crabs the chunks you broke it into, or you can use a paring knife and shave or chop bits off your chunks as needed. I do it when it's frozen (fruit too) and then it shaves right off in pieces thin enough that they are defrosted before I even get it to the tank, but fresh right until the moment I do.
Oh yeah, and apparently coconuts do get rotten (I just recently discovered). If you can't hear milk sloshing in a coconut you could hear it in when you bought it, odds are it's gone yucka.
Post by crabbysara on Sept 3, 2010 18:55:46 GMT -5
ok so I'm all geared up to vent my anger and I go to Wally world. pick up a cocnut and am immediately SWARMED by fruit flys! So now the crabs will have to wait till I do the grocery shopping. Thanks for the tips everyone!
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