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by wodesorel
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Cleaning an aquarium
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Cleaning an aquarium

I use dish soap and a razor blade on funky areas, then rinse well. If its seriously nasty then I'll use bleach or ammonia (never together!) outdoors if the weather permits.
by wodesorel
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Expired food
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Expired food

Minerals and vitamins oxidize when exposed to air, so the longer they've been sitting open the less nutritional value they will contain. Oils and fats also oxidize and go rancid, fairly quickly. That probably wouldn't harm hermits, but again, nutritionally not the best. Humidity and moisture will al...
by wodesorel
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Okay to cover Ultratherm UTH with aluminum foil for heat reflection?
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: Okay to cover Ultratherm UTH with aluminum foil for heat reflection?

The very flat kind sealed in a thin sheet of plastic are usually safe to insulate. Flukers for sure can be. The ones that are thicker and rubbery or puffy generally cannot be. They're already one-sided heat, and packing on the installation can make then get much hotter than intended which is when it...
by wodesorel
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: Hole in shell from boiling
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Hole in shell from boiling

My big crab seems to prefer lighter shells, which the pearl turbos are. What other type of shell is light but more sturdy? Turbo fluctuosus, also sold as striped turbo. The snails are known in the pet trade as Mexican Turbos. These tend to be pretty sturdy but much thinner than Tapestries and are a...
by wodesorel
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Smallest ultratherm
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Smallest ultratherm

I've always covered the back of my tanks fully, so managing it with a little extra water in the back didn't even register as being a problem. Once every month or two I had to pour a cup of warm along the back edge to keep things at the right consistency, but I also have the tanks sealed up pretty we...
by wodesorel
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Smallest ultratherm
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Smallest ultratherm

Hermiesguardian wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:42 am
Ok. Thanks. I assume you covered the entire back including the substrate.
Yes. It was the only way to keep the heat up and steady.
by wodesorel
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Smallest ultratherm
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Smallest ultratherm

I used an 11x11 Flukers UTH (same design as an Ultratherm) on the back of my 10 and it got it to 82 degrees, but I keep my room chilly in winter.
by wodesorel
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Shopping, Stores and Reviews
Topic: crabs shells, heaters, lights etc for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: crabs shells, heaters, lights etc for sale

Xenocrab wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Is this legit?

Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
They've been a member for two years, have photos available for everything they listed, and very sadly lost their crabs earlier this year.
by wodesorel
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Recommendations from other groups?
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Recommendations from other groups?

To understand where our advice comes from, you kind of have to look at the history of the HCA and the previous groups it inherited it's information from. Usenet was the home of the original hermit crab group, then yahoo, then the old forum, and then the current forum that has gone through several up...
by wodesorel
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Where can I find plastic egg crate?
Replies: 13
Views: 325

Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

Lowes calls theirs louvered ceiling panels

https://www.lowes.com/pd/PLASKOLITE-Com ... ls/3280904

They'll either be with the florescent light strips, or in the back with the ceiling panels and insulation.

😂 Jinx
by wodesorel
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Where can I find plastic egg crate?
Replies: 13
Views: 325

Re: Where can I find plastic egg crate?

I'm never sure where the egg crate nickname came from, but call it that in a hardware store and you will get the strangest looks!
by wodesorel
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Is a gradient temp a common practice?
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Is a gradient temp a common practice?

I've never fussed, and my tanks do stay warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter. There is going to be some seasonal changes in the wild, and after researching it years ago I was comfortable with it happening in my tanks. If anything, they tend to eat like pigs over the winter so being a little...
by wodesorel
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Asking for help, how to properly cycle water tanks
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Re: Asking for help, how to properly cycle water tanks

The reason why it's not as simple as x+y=z when it comes to filtration is that there are so many factors. You're growing a bacteria colony and so much effects it. Water composition, minerals, pH, temperature, other bacteria, bacteria source and strains, food source, light, filter media, etc. There's...
by wodesorel
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Safe silicone?
Replies: 15
Views: 437

Re: Safe silicone?

The mold-free guarantee may be an issue. If it has any kind of mold inhibitors, it should not be used.
by wodesorel
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Crab escaped, found empty shell...
Replies: 19
Views: 604

Re: Crab escaped, found empty shell...

I'd let him do his own thing if he's mobile enough to get around. He's not out of the woods by any stretch, but it is a miracle that he's alive. Great catch. I can't believe you were able to find him!!!