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by wodesorel
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Sea Salt For Water
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: Sea Salt For Water

Sea salt is not harmful, but it does not match the composition of natural seawater. Ocean water is made up of about 70 different elements, and Instant Ocean and similar mixes recreate this. These trace elements in their drinking water are important for long-term survival for hermits.
by wodesorel
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Sphagnum moss
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Sphagnum moss

Distilled water for moss and substrate is safe for hermits. If you have really hard water it might be a better choice as there will be fewer minerals to cause build up when you need to rewet. I use tap for the sphagnum in my leopard gecko tanks and there's mineralization on the surface from it dryin...
by wodesorel
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: 3D Printed Hermit Crab Accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 252

Re: 3D Printed Hermit Crab Accessories?

I have my fingers crossed for successful 3D printing of shells. It would be beneficial in so many ways, and with specialty printers I'm sure a more natural blend of materials could be used to replicate natural snail shells. The first hurdle is finding a way to design and print to where they are comf...
by wodesorel
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Crab safe?
Replies: 15
Views: 295

Re: Crab safe?

It should be just fine, we just haven't trialed specific species of those flowers before. Cornflowers are in the same family as thistle. Ants destroy my cornflowers every spring so I know they are insect-friendly! Mallow is a pretty odd collection of edible flower species that not a lot of gardeners...
by wodesorel
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Funky Cracked Big Pincher After Molt
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: Funky Cracked Big Pincher After Molt

I bought a few with bad pitchers to rehab, had a couple from fights, and had a few that were obvious attack injuries from molting. I think most claw injuries end up being from other crabs - either while they are not quite hard enough from molting, or from getting into fights with larger crabs when t...
by wodesorel
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Funky Cracked Big Pincher After Molt
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: Funky Cracked Big Pincher After Molt

The exposed meat will turn black and shrink and become hardened over. It's very odd looking. I'll see if I have any pictures of it.
by wodesorel
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Funky Cracked Big Pincher After Molt
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: Funky Cracked Big Pincher After Molt

I've had this happen a few times and had no difference in outcome between leaving it alone, soaking it often in saltwater, or using honey. Either they drop it or attempt to repair it. As always, make sure it can molt undisturbed next time, and make sure it has access to a variety of good foods to st...
by wodesorel
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Shells
Topic: How to remove eco-earth stains from shells?
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: How to remove eco-earth stains from shells?

Soaking in a bit of hydrogen peroxide is the only thing I can think of that might work, but I'm not sure if it would cause any damage to the finish of the shells. You might want to test one just to see. Peroxide is unstable and breaks apart into plain water extremely quickly, so it wouldn't leave an...
by wodesorel
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: NEED HELP!! Substrate turning a different color under my tank
Replies: 12
Views: 119

Re: NEED HELP!! Substrate turning a different color under my tank

It's looking like dry or not fully expanded patches to me as well. I think keeping an eye on it is a good call.

You generally won't smell anything until the substrate is disturbed if there is a problem, so don't go by that!
by wodesorel
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Can I find wild hermit crabs here?
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Can I find wild hermit crabs here?

This all said, keep an eye out for released pets while at the lake beaches. People just think they'll be okay because it's a beach - not understanding that they need a constantly tropical ocean beach, not a lake beach covered in ice 6 months out of the year. There have been several people who have r...
by wodesorel
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Can I find wild hermit crabs here?
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Can I find wild hermit crabs here?

All hermits are saltwater creatures and will only be found by the ocean, the Great Lakes are freshwater.

Land hermits are found within the tropics only, but species of fully marine hermits can withstand cold temperatures up into the Arctic.
by wodesorel
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: safe/unsafe woods?
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: safe/unsafe woods?

The worry about fruit trees is that there is compound that digests into cyanide in the bark and leaves. The problem is that this is known to happen in mammals. Crabs are not mammals. Ants, for instance, can eat fruit bark and leaves with no trouble. I had a big cherry tree in my crab tank for five y...
by wodesorel
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Livehermitcrab.com
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Livehermitcrab.com

Hey! The site is finally down after years of no responses. Now maybe no one else will be scammed.

I'm so sorry you got taken. Paypal should be willing to sort it out for you. They have dozens if not hundreds of refunds on file for this place stretching back years.
by wodesorel
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Humidity 103%
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: Humidity 103%

Venting it again will drop it back down to normal levels. You may need to go back and forth with covering and uncovering until it starts to even out. That should be pretty quick and not affect any molters. So long as you are certain your sub was mixed to the right moisture level and you haven't been...
by wodesorel
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Moss pit replacements?
Replies: 17
Views: 301

Re: Moss pit replacements?

Oliviet#1 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Where did you get the crushed coral? I think that is a pretty good idea too.😊
It's a chicken feed amendment from farm supply stores. Super cheap, too.