Post by New Crabber on May 28, 2014 18:24:31 GMT -5
HOW MANY CRABS DO YOU HAVE,WHAT SIZES ARE THEY & HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD THEM?-(I always say name something they are the size of like a grape, ping-pong ball, etc.)
I have 4 crabs. 2 came from the pet store and are larger like the size of a Tootsie Pop and 2 came from Panama City Beach and are about half as big.
WHAT SPECIES OF CRABS DO YOU HAVE-(Self-explanatory)
Pretty sure I have 2 Ecuadorian and 2 purple pinchers (the small ones)
TANK # AND SIZE(S))- (ie: I have 2 tanks, 75 gallon & 55 gallon)
I have one 10 gallon tank
LID TYPE-(ie: Glass, aquarium hood, etc)
reptile lid with screen
SUBSTRATE USED-(ie: I use playsand and Eco Earth in an approx 5:1 ratio)
I used moist Eco Earth.
HUMIDITY SOURCE-(ie: Do you use a humidifier, mist daily, etc)
The Eco Earth helps with the humidity and I mist the tank regularly
HEAT SOURCE-(ie: Under tank heater, heat bulb) Where are they located?
I don't have a heat source yet, and they are located in our living room
WHAT IS YOUR TEMP/HUMIDITY ON AVERAGE?-(Please give averages for both day & night)
I don't have a guage yet, but the temp in the house is about 75 during the day and 70 at night.
HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR WATER?-(ie: Tap water conditioner, name brand)
I buy bottled water, usually aquafine, and I also have used Zoo Med Salt Water Conditioner for about a month since I learned they need both fresh and salt water. Prior to purchasing that I did provide water mixed with sea salt (researched carefully to verify not additives)
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR SALT WATER?-(ie: Do you use Oceanic or Instant Ocean-name the brand)
Zoo Med Salt water for hermit crabs
WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR CRABS?-(If you feed other than fresh food, what is it called & where do you get it?)
Hermit Crab food (pellets, and shrimp), Mangoes, Banana, apples
WHAT TYPES OF HIDES/CLIMBS DO YOU HAVE?-(ie: coco-hut, cholla wood, etc)
Coco-hut, lava rocks
DO YOU HAVE AN ISOLATION TANK?-
HOW MANY EXTRA SHELLS AND WHAT SIZES DO YOU HAVE?-(Self-explanatory)
9 ranging from 1/4" to 3/4"
DESCRIBE THE PROBLEM & ANY OTHER INFO YOU THINK APPLIES-
There was an odor coming from the tank (turned out to be the food) so I was changing food and water and cleaning the tank a bit and making sure no one had died, and I discovered two molting crabs. One had the exoskeleton by him but it had come completely away the other (I was worried it was dead) I picked up and thought he was falling from his shell, but I believe it was in the process of molting and it was his exo. :-\ I replaced the crabs and covered them over with substrate (they'd been under over a week), but now after reading I'm worried that they will suffocate under there. Should I have just set them on top after inadvertently disturbing their molts or are they fine? Should I carefully remove the substrate above them so they are exposed or will this be worse? I substrate is loose and light, but I'm just not sure. Thanks for your help.
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