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by curlysister
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What is Crusty doing?
Replies: 20
Views: 357

Re: What is Crusty doing?

Sub is not deep enough, which I just discovered through the this forum. I’ll be remedying that here soon. She’s also the only crab, so she was fairly safe in doing a surface molt. I’ll be buying a couple good UTH’s that are recommended in the forums. One on the side, one on the back. I may leave th...
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What is Crusty doing?
Replies: 20
Views: 357

Re: What is Crusty doing?

How deep is your substrate? What are you feeding her? If you had more than one crab, and one of them molts on the surface, you need to ensure that the molter is isolated from the other crab(s), because they are vulnerable when they have shed their exo and before they have hardened. So it's good that...
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crab caretakers.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: New Crab caretakers.

Just a caution about bacon....it has tons of additives and preservatives, which aren't great for crabs long term.
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Is my tank set up ok?
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Is my tank set up ok?

Sounds like you are off to a fabulous start! Substrate should be at least three times as deep as your largest crab, which it sounds like it is. Deeper is never a bad thing, and of course as crabs grow you will need to make it deeper. And of course as your crabs grow, you will need a bigger tank whic...
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Water
Topic: Pre-Mixed Saltwater Solution?
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: Pre-Mixed Saltwater Solution?

I am not familiar with the Imagitarium Pacific Ocean Water, but found and answer from Wode, on a thread from 2016: The saltwater you're using is good! However, salt doesn't evaporate along with the water, it concentrates and eventually crystalizes out of the water. By adding more saltwater without r...
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What is Crusty doing?
Replies: 20
Views: 357

Re: What is Crusty doing?

It’s a terrarium heating pad. Sticky backed, designed for that purpose. We live in pnw, so she is going to have to stay warm. Without the pad on, crabitat is room temp, about 65 degrees, far too cold for her. I’ll be moving the pad to the back terrarium wall, as it will be more effective there. As ...
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crab caretakers.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: New Crab caretakers.

Welcome to crabbing! Crusty is cute!
by curlysister
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What is Crusty doing?
Replies: 20
Views: 357

Re: What is Crusty doing?

You will need to remove or unplug the heater under the tank, it is a fire hazard. When a crab molts, it digs underneath the sub, and stays there. It will shed it's exoskeleton, and eat it. It will stay under ground until the new exo is hardened, and then will come up. Crabs can be down for a couple ...
by curlysister
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Lost Limbs
Replies: 13
Views: 286

Re: Lost Limbs

I agree that if he is moving around okay, he will be fine in the main tank. Was this his first molt with you? When you say 'dirt-sand' mix, do you mean coco fiber and sand? Just wanting to make sure that it isn't something in your sub that could have caused a wonky molt. And yes, their ability to re...
by curlysister
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Worried
Replies: 47
Views: 1467

Re: Worried

HCA does NOT recommend bathing crabs. It can stress them further, and is not needed. They carry a balance of fresh and salt water in their shells - they will go into the pools/ dishes as they need to. Pumpkincrab, how long have you had your crabs? Why do you think that bathing is going to help an al...
by curlysister
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: How often do you redecorate your tank?
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: How often do you redecorate your tank?

Deep cleaning is not needed unless there is an emergency like a flood or bacterial bloom.

I hardly ever change things around. I might add a piece of cholla or something, but don't rearrange everything.`
by curlysister
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Shells
Topic: White size shell?
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: White size shell?

You will want to measure the opening, and then find a seller who measures the openings in small increments. Some places measure in 1/16th inch increments, so you can get a precise size up from what you have now.
by curlysister
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Substrate temperature
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Substrate temperature

Most of us don't check the substrate temperature. Some of the more scientific crabber do, but in ten years I never have. It is more important to ensure that the air is heated to the proper temps, then the sub will be a bit warmer near the surface and cooler further down - crabs can choose the temp t...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Molting question
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Molting question

The recommendation is that your sub is at least three times as deep as your largest crab. And your tank isn't over crowded. I wouldn't isolate anyone, it is generally better to leave them in the main tank. I have had my crabs for ten years now. The only time one of them dug up the other one, is when...
by curlysister
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Molting for months
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Molting for months

How deep is your sub? You might not smell them if they have passed away deep under ground. How many crabs are down? How many are up? SIx months is a long time for small/ tiny crabs, but it is also possible that they have come up at times and gone back down. If you don't have any crabs up, you could ...