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by curlysister
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: First shell change is crab not happy?
Replies: 14
Views: 272

Re: First shell change is crab not happy?

Hahaha, I know, eh?? It cracked me up when she told me about it too! Crabs are strange people, LOL!

That's a great example of chirping caught on camera! I have never heard mine make a sound, which I'm not sure if that's good or bad!
by curlysister
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Soon to be new crab owner
Replies: 9
Views: 92

Re: Soon to be new crab owner

That's okay Motor! It's good that more than one of us is giving the same advice. Your dechlorinator and salt are not proper for crabs. Your tank is too small for any more than a couple of very very tiny crabs. If they survive and grow, you will need a larger tank very soon. Sponges will grow bacteri...
by curlysister
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Soon to be new crab owner
Replies: 9
Views: 92

Re: Soon to be new crab owner

Your substrate is NOT safe for hermit crabs. Many products marketed for hermit crabs aren't actually safe for them. The All Living Things sand and soil mix is a mixture of calcium sand and eco earth - calcium sand will cake solid when moistened and will kill crabs. You need to get play sand and mix ...
by curlysister
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Missing crab
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Missing crab

Don't worry yet! Still very early. Four months is kind of the arbitrary mark to start worrying!
by curlysister
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who Doesn't Like Baby Pictures?
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Re: Who Doesn't Like Baby Pictures?

Oh wow! I don't think Sonny and Cher were ever that small! LOL!
by curlysister
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Owner - Started completely wrong!
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: New Owner - Started completely wrong!

RODI....is that reverse osmosis? From what I have read, not everyone is in agreement as to whether RO water is appropriate for crabs or not. Personally, that is what I have always used - for both my fresh water and for mixing the Instant Ocean into to make my salt water. I have had my crabs for almo...
by curlysister
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Tank cover and humidity
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Tank cover and humidity

Saran wrap works better than a towel for keeping humidity in.
Some people have had issues with all EE, flooding seems to be more of a problem than with the play sand EE mix.
by curlysister
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Humidity and dried sub
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Humidity and dried sub

I often add a bit of water along the edges, especially if I have my UTH on. My sub does seem to dry out along the top edges where the UTH's are.
by curlysister
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Owner - Started completely wrong!
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: New Owner - Started completely wrong!

Welcome to crabbing! My first tank was a 10 gallon, with saran wrap for the lid to hold in humidity. Your 10 gallon will be fine for a while, as they get larger and you want to add more stuff, you will likely upgrade to larger in the future. This website is the only site I have gone on for hermit cr...
by curlysister
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: eco earth
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: eco earth

Crabs are funny, they dig or not dig LOL. Your temp and humidity are good. Just give them some time.
Your substrate needs to be at least 6 inches, or three times as deep as your largest crab (whichever is deeper), through the whole tank.
by curlysister
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: eco earth
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: eco earth

How deep is your substrate? Many of us use a mixture of EE and play sand. The play sand is cheap, usually sold in 50 pound bags at a hardware store. 5 parts play sand to 1 part EE is the most common mix, but other mixtures can be used. The sand helps hold the shape, and the EE helps hold the moistur...
by curlysister
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Crab looks dead, out of shell
Replies: 7
Views: 86

Re: Crab looks dead, out of shell

Here's the link to the Emergency Template. You can copy and paste, and fill in your answers. Then we can further help you trouble shoot what went wrong.

http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/ph ... 27&t=46102
by curlysister
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Newbie-ish. [emoji23]
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Newbie-ish. [emoji23]

You will need to get a thermometer, and both it and the hygrometer need to be inside the tank. Then you will know if you need to get a heat source.
by curlysister
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: My 2 hermies are not getting along
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: My 2 hermies are not getting along

HCA recommends at least 3-5 extra shells per crab. Having a good selection will prevent shell fights.
by curlysister
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Tank cover and humidity
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Tank cover and humidity

I would take the aquarium lid off of the tank and just cover the top with Saran wrap. I didn't have any kind of lid on my first two tank, I just used Saran wrap. You will need to treat even bottled spring water with a dechlorinator such as Prime - it's cheaper to use tap water and treat that, though...