Hey all! My husband and I are going to be moving the first week of June and this will be my first time moving the gang. I just wanted to get some ideas from anyone who has done this before on the best way to move the crabitat. One perk....we are only moving to a bigger apartment in our same complex....just the next building over. Most of my crabs are buried so I need to move the tank with the least amount of josteling possible.
Hermie mom to 2 PP's I got in July '14(Iggy & Sheldon, 1 that I got in September '14 (Penny Jr) and 2 E's I got in September '14(Nikki and Frankie)
No idea about the nitty gritties. I think it was Sach who told me that moving them in their tank is a better idea then switching them to a travel tank. Apparently you can't bury them accidently! The tanks are heavy though, it's like moving a full fish tank, incredibly heavy and not at all easy. You get to choose where stuff is put too! My computer is going to be put in my dining room along with my crabs, not my 2nd bedroom! My cat enclosure will be covered with shade cloth and shifted around to the actual back of the house, not just behind a fence so kids can't throw rocks at cats, the RSPCA can't take invasive photos and it stops the cats being sunburned! I'm hoping the kitchen doorway will be straightened up with the front door, that way it'll be easier to actually enter my house. My pantry would be better at the bottom of my bench, being at the end of my bench makes it 'inaccessible'...the builders of this place didn't account for the pantry doors!
4/1 - Stained crab is a boy! 1/5 - Got a 'sick crab' pack from Nat. I'm very impressed, it's a large pack so will feed all crabs! 30/6 - My new hygros have arrived! The big tank is 29degrees/81humidity. The little tank has the same temperature but 86humidity.
When I had to move mine (3month overseas holiday) I took them out and put into a smaller tank with the deep sub etc but I was able to lift it easily. I only have 2 so it wasn't too hard. I did this a couple of weeks before so that IF they decided to molt I wasn't digging up to move. I then took all the sub out and put it into containers and lifted the empty tank (with a friend) to the back of my car. Put all the sub and other stuff in the back as well. (station wagon) and went to my friends. We set the big tank up and seeing it had only been a matter of hours I just popped the crabs into the big tat. I did this about a week before I was leaving so my friend could check with me about anything she needed to before I left. Crabs had a good time. One spent down for an extended time (so did molt) and then came up. One spent the whole time up and the other went down about the same day I departed the country. She stayed under till 2 days before I arrived home. There was no urgency when I got home as my friend was happy to keep them if one went down. BUT she moved them both to the smaller tat the day or so after Ginger came up from her long molt. We then did the revers to get them back to my place. About a month after I got home the one who had been up the whole time I was away went down. I fear that she has not made it as it is now 7mths and she is only little. BUT I'm not digging to find her. Anyhow that's what I did.
c. variabilis x4: Ginger, Mango, Fudge and Caramel Ginger has been with me since November 2011. Mango, since August 2013 Fudge and Caramel were adopted in about November 2015 from a local crabber along with Ziggy who was the mother of my first lot of babies but died about a week later. + about a 13 baby crabs as at 26 Dec 2016 (DOH 4th December)
Post by Ookami-Meggle on May 20, 2015 12:34:17 GMT -5
I have done it different ways personally. A 29 full of sub would be pretty heavy, but you may still be able to have two strong people lift on both sides and move it very carefully to a wagon or something like that. I have done that with similar sized tanks. We were up three flights of steps so we had to carry it but if you are on the level with the outside you could lift them into a wagon of some sort and roll them over to the other apartment.
Most of my other tanks are 42 gallons or larger. With those I took another tank I had and set it up at the new place and then transferred the crabs that were up as they came up to the new tank until I had them all in the tank at the other house. Then I emptied the old tank and moved that over, set it up and then moved part of the group back so that they weren't crowded. I had a decent amount of time though so I could wait for them to come up.
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