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by DragonsFly
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: reptile vines
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: reptile vines

I used them in my first crabitat, but I hated how they shed little black junk everywhere, so eventually I took them out and used other things for climbing apparatus.
by DragonsFly
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: Need help ASAP understanding crab behavior
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: Need help ASAP understanding crab behavior

So much information is needed in order to know what might be going wrong. The crab that is constantly being found on his back is not a great sign, but it could be that he is ill from poor conditions or has been injured by Hermie or keeps being bullied by Hermie (possibly for his shell?)..... Things ...
by DragonsFly
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Crape myrtle?
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Crape myrtle?

Thanks for the update. If it has been moved, chances are they at least tried a little of it.
by DragonsFly
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Which foods last longer in the tank and how long would they keep (ish)?
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Which foods last longer in the tank and how long would they keep (ish)?

Freeze-dried tiny things like bloodworms (a favorite!) don't seem to mold (of course they usually don't stay around long enough to mold, either). I've had the freeze-dried tiny shrimp in there for at least 3 days without seeing any mold, but usually they don't last that long (the crabs love those, t...
by DragonsFly
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Hermit Crab not moving for days
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Hermit Crab not moving for days

Oh--an additional thought--if all you have fed them is this one prepared diet and shrimp, they may be suffering from some kind of nutritional deficiency. Hermit crabs do well on a highly varied diet of fresh and dried foods; you can check the foods lists for lots of ideas.
by DragonsFly
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Hermit Crab not moving for days
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Hermit Crab not moving for days

In a 10 gallon tank, there is not enough space to have enough volume for that many crabs to safely molt underground, so it may be that this crab has put off molting for too long (which eventually can lead to death). Remember that these are wild animals used to traveling for miles every night in the ...
by DragonsFly
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Bacteria bloom?
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Bacteria bloom?

The problem is that (remember) you did not smell the odor until you disturbed the substrate; so just sniffing every now and then may not reveal if there is a bacterial bloom going on underneath. But if you have any crabs down, you don't want to just go randomly digging down to the bottom of the tank...
by DragonsFly
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Bacteria bloom?
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Bacteria bloom?

Sounds like you may have hit a pocket of gas from decomposition of something, but if it were me, since you emptied it out already anyway, I'd clean the inside of the tank well with vinegar and water, dry thoroughly, and then (out of an abundance of caution) probably start with new substrate, if you ...
by DragonsFly
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Cleaning Tank with UTH
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: Cleaning Tank with UTH

Assuming that the UTH is on the OUTSIDE of the tank (which it certainly should be for hermit crabs), the only thing you need to be concerned about is not spraying or splashing or sloshing cool liquid on the glass that is being heated by the UTH (that can cause the glass to crack or shatter). If you ...
by DragonsFly
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Tank Temperature is 84
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Tank Temperature is 84

75 to 85 Fahrenheit is great; humidity should also be between 75% and 85% , ideally.
by DragonsFly
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: The Predictive Power of Poop ?
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: The Predictive Power of Poop ?

Thanks; yeah, I've seen it different colors from various things--like the classic orange carrot poop, and greensand poop that was clearly greensand poop; but mine have always had a fairly consistent shape to it--a tube-like extrusion of basically uniform size around (like if you squeeze a tube of to...
by DragonsFly
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hermit Crab Age
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Hermit Crab Age

I remember a nature show about lobster's yearly migrations, so at least some of them must molt according to that cycle. :)
by DragonsFly
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hermit Crab Age
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Hermit Crab Age

There are ways to do it once they are dead. Crustaceans have internal structures (inside the eyestalks and part of their gastric mill) that are retained when shedding and can be dated like tree rings. I haven't seen a study on doing it with hermit crabs in particular, but it should hold true though...
by DragonsFly
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hermit Crab Age
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Hermit Crab Age

That is a good one. Assuming they are correct, it give several different indicators. Taking them all together, I guess you can at least get a general guess.
by DragonsFly
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Crape myrtle?
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Crape myrtle?

As long as it's pesticide-free, give it a go and see what the crabs say. :)