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by VHPlac
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: Cleaning Shells w Muriatic Acid(PIC UPDATE)
Replies: 6
Views: 2545

Re: Cleaning Shells w Muriatic Acid

I will try a kiddy tumbler first. I plan to stuff the shells with moist paper towel to keep the inside somewhat protected. It will be trial and error :) The acid we got is called Magic Acid or similar. It wont harm your skin as long as it is not broken, but still do the job. I will post an update on...
by VHPlac
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: Cleaning Shells w Muriatic Acid(PIC UPDATE)
Replies: 6
Views: 2545

Cleaning Shells w Muriatic Acid(PIC UPDATE)

I am always on the hunt for more shells and often I pick them up in home decor sections. Many of them are very crusty and I used to spend an eternity with my Dremel Tool and a Dentist Pick scraping them clean. I heard that shell collectors use Muriatic Acid to clean their shells. We have a bottle in...
by VHPlac
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: ssuction cup frustrations!
Replies: 6
Views: 1992

Re: ssuction cup frustrations!

sometimes the plastic/rubber hardens and gets stiff. I throw the suction cups in a cup with hot water for a bit and it makes them flexible again.
by VHPlac
Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Bone Marrow
Replies: 7
Views: 929

I give them marrow as well! They seem to like it A LOT!!!
by VHPlac
Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Crabs warm enough? Pictures in post
Replies: 26
Views: 6334

what kind of heating pad was it? ultratherms, as i have read, are a big step above normal heating pads it could have also been defective, like getting too hot or something.. i will change my words to very rarely! back then we used ZooMed heating pads, but moved on to ultratherms. at first, because ...
by VHPlac
Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Crabs warm enough? Pictures in post
Replies: 26
Views: 6334

UTH's were made to go on glass so no they wont break the glass. as well they dont dry out the sand any more than a heat lamp would not entirely true! the UTH on our snake nursery did crack the tank. we had it filled with aspen and when my son changed the snakes water and spilled some where the pad ...
by VHPlac
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: How can I enlarge my crabitat?
Replies: 22
Views: 3787

blazingazn wrote:how about this concept?

http://www.martinscages.com/products/cages/toppers/

I would be worried about loosing too much humidity with the cage toppers!
by VHPlac
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: What's on today's menu & recipe sharing ~2010~
Replies: 193
Views: 1340

egg yolk, shrimp, seaweed, bloodworm, oak, squash omelet
dried cherry and a piece of fresh shed, healthy snake skin
by VHPlac
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Shells
Topic: Beeswax to polish shells?
Replies: 14
Views: 5627

I do buff the natural shells with a tiny bit of olive oil that I wipe off when I am done. I am not concerned about it going rancid. I clean my shells (rinse/boil/buff) every now and then and olive oil takes a while to go bad! Last year I found an opened bottle of olive oil on my husbands work bench ...
by VHPlac
Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Pictures of a fake rock wall I'm building
Replies: 14
Views: 2355

I did something similar for a fish tank once. I had to soak and rinse the background FOREVER!
I don't think you will have to do that for a Crabitat... since it wont change the ph of the entire tank as it would with fish :D
Yours looks a lot better than the one I made years ago :wink:
by VHPlac
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: Beeswax to polish shells?
Replies: 14
Views: 5627

If you use sandpaper... it will take you ages to get any kind of shine to it! When I made jewelry from Shells, I would use the Dremel with a sanding bit for clams etc and my hubbys bandsander for snail shells. It is not a quick and easy process! I never used Mineral Oil on my Jewelry, because the sh...
by VHPlac
Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: What's on today's menu & recipe sharing ~2010~
Replies: 193
Views: 1340

For the Hermies piece of raw beef kibble (homemade) seaweed ground brown rice fresh basil and parsley peach and grape dried cherry hibiscus flower I stole of my neighbors bush side of crushed oyster shell, ground cuttlebone, ground eggshell and seasalt :wink: My homo sapiens get Gulash Soup with Ita...
by VHPlac
Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Dehydrator - What brand? What food?
Replies: 7
Views: 1094

I have my Snackmaster since 2003 when my husband went to Iraq and buying Beef Jerky for the weekly care packages got way too expensive! It is still running and works like on day one! For the Crabs I am dehydrating everything I can get my hands on from the save food list. (Leafs, blossoms, veggies, f...
by VHPlac
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Crochet your own Hemp Net (Lots of pics)
Replies: 8
Views: 5881

Crochet your own Hemp Net (Lots of pics)

I use NATURAL POLISHED HEMP ($5 at Walmart at the jewelry/beads crafting section) and a size F/3.75 Crochet Hook. I use the thinnest yarn they carry, because it is not as stiff and easy to crochet! It puffs up and gets thicker once you wet it!!! A smaller hook would make tighter/smaller stitches, bu...