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by curlysister
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: New to Hermits
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: New to Hermits

Four or more months is generally the time to start to worry - but crabs can come up for short periods of time and go back down, so you don't always know how long they have actually been under for. Unless there is an emergency like a bacterial bloom or a flood, there really isn't any need to go looki...
by curlysister
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Advice please!!
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Advice please!!

As long as he molted underground (and did not surface molt), he will have stayed under until he was hardened up and can be moved whenever you are ready to do so!
by curlysister
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: my crab’s legs look like soft and fragile
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: my crab’s legs look like soft and fragile

1. What kind of substrate is used in your tank and how deep is it? Sea-sand #3 and it height is about 3 cm and I also have a container full of coconut soil ,its depth is about 8cm. The container is only for molting Curly - Substrate should be at least three times as deep as your largest crab. It nee...
by curlysister
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Hermit out of shell and not moving, and weird lump on abdomen
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Hermit out of shell and not moving, and weird lump on abdomen

Here's the 'water' care sheet, which says how to mix up the various brands:

http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/ph ... 27&t=92553
by curlysister
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Process for Drying Crab Food
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Process for Drying Crab Food

I would personally tend to skip the blanching part. Once your food is dehydrated, it will keep longer if you bag it up and freeze it.
by curlysister
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Missing crab
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Missing crab

Please do not dig up crabs, unless you have an emergency like a flood or a bacterial bloom. A crab will dig under the substrate to molt, to de-stress, or just for fun. We have no way of knowing what they are doing down there, and disturbing a molting crab can be potentially fatal for them. It is ver...
by curlysister
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Naked crab
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: Naked crab

Crabs do not leave their shells to molt. As Angelbear stated, a naked crab is an emergency - a crab will die without a shell. The link that Angelbear gave to the care sheet, gives all the information you need to try to get your crab to take a shell, and to manually re-shell him if he will not.
by curlysister
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: worried new owner!
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: worried new owner!

I would not be worried at all. Crabs eat very little when they are small. I swear that for the first couple of years I had my two crabs, the only way I knew they were eating and drinking is that they were still alive! It seemed like I put in and took out the exact same amount of food every time. Jus...
by curlysister
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Accidentally disturbed a molter.
Replies: 19
Views: 362

Re: Accidentally disturbed a molter.

Hmmm....okay. If he's underground, you wouldn't know where, so pushing the pop bottle down into the sub far enough to protect the molting crab might cause a problem for the one under. In that case, it might be better to use the Tupperware.
by curlysister
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Accidentally disturbed a molter.
Replies: 19
Views: 362

Re: Accidentally disturbed a molter.

Personally, I would iso him where he is. That way, you don't need to disturb him at all. You could use a 2L pop bottle, lid off, bottom cut off. Push it into the sub deep enough that he is protected from your other crab. That is assuming that your other crab is above ground. Your other crab is top-s...
by curlysister
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Bought on vacation and now learning the ropes
Replies: 16
Views: 340

Re: Bought on vacation and now learning the ropes

Welcome to crabbing! Many (if not most) of us started the same way you did - got the crabs, then realized we didn't know how to care for them.
Be sure to look through the Care Sheets, it can be a bit overwhelming at the start, but start with the 'basics' one and go from there.
by curlysister
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Is it a Hermit crab exoskeletons or is it dead
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Is it a Hermit crab exoskeletons or is it dead

A naked crab is an emergency. They drop their shell when they are too weak to carry it. The first thing you need to do is to get the crab back into a shell, if it is still alive. Here is the care sheet that explains how to do that: http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1223...
by curlysister
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Tank too cool - best method to warm it up?
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Tank too cool - best method to warm it up?

UTH's should never be mounted on the bottom (ie- underneath) a hermit crab tank. They are not meant to heat through the amount of sub we have, and are a fire hazard if used that way.
by curlysister
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Powdered Peanut Butter
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Powdered Peanut Butter

I would say that if the powdered peanut butter is just peanuts and maybe a bit of salt, it should be safe. Some people will probably say it should be organic. I would avoid any that had any artificial sweeteners or preservatives.
by curlysister
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: New Flooring: How to Protect the Crabitat During the Work?
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: New Flooring: How to Protect the Crabitat During the Work?

I am totally spitballing here, but would think 48-72 hours would be fine to be sealed up.