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by mlakers
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: New Aussie breeding colony.
Replies: 10
Views: 1269

Re: New Aussie breeding colony.

So exciting! The tank looks great. I’m betting they’ll be making babies soon! 😁
by mlakers
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: My DIY crabitat items
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: My DIY crabitat items

Obviously none of us have copyright on our uniquely designed crabitat items, but as a seller myself, I know I would be annoyed if someone started making identical objects to what I have designed and sell at my shop and then posted publicly about it, complete with pictures. At the very least, I think...
by mlakers
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding attemt
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Breeding attemt

Good conditions are the best thing to encourage mating. Slightly warmer temperatures help, too, but that usually occurs in most summer tanks. I'm not sure what you purchased as a bubbler, but the smallest air pump, some airline tubing, and an air stone is all you need. The whole thing should have co...
by mlakers
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Teeny shells
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: Teeny shells

Definitely task that friend! I also recommend a bright light and a pair of tweezers. :wink:
by mlakers
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Teeny shells
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: Teeny shells

Yeah, those craft store shells are teeny, but they're nothing close to as teeny as the first shells need to be. They need to fit under your fingernail to work. Purple pinchers like the teeny tiny spiral shells, larval whelk shells (hand-picked picked out of a whelk egg casing), and very small "melis...
by mlakers
Sun May 17, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Just caught my crabs "in the act"
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: Just caught my crabs "in the act"

My current theory about why we're seeing so many more breeding crabs (especially PPs), is because of the addition of deeper pools, and also (perhaps more importantly) the addition of hamster wheels and saucers. PPs migrate to spawn (possibly also to find a mate, though I don't know if that's been pr...
by mlakers
Sun May 17, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding attemt
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Breeding attemt

Hello! I have a 45 gal bioactive aquarium, and 5 pp's. My ultimate goal is to breed them. (I have already started to see 'guarding' behaviors between my two largest, but it could easily be something else.) Yes, I have fully read Mary Akers's blog and such. She is the one who is inspiring this goal....
by mlakers
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Seaweed?
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Seaweed?

The zoeae won’t have any way to eat this during the first stages when they only catch microalgae, etc, as others have said. But if you get them to megalopa stage, they will happily eat this with their brand new claws. And it’s really nutritious for your adult land hermit crabs. Good luck!
by mlakers
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Guys I just realized something
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Guys I just realized something

Worst case, I isolate females from the captive breeding program and introduce them to a new/different male than the one that sired them.
by mlakers
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Guys I just realized something
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Guys I just realized something

Yup. Can't speak for others but it's definitely on my radar. It's one of the reasons I share info and am working hard to help those who have a viable shot at breeding get some to land, too.
by mlakers
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding and Adopting Out
Replies: 30
Views: 2047

Re: Breeding and Adopting Out

This is the exact post I used as reference when I built my Kreisel. It really does work, but make sure the mesh is taut when it’s being epoxied in place or it’ll turn into a pocket. This design is more or less what I did that worked so well for me. I did it the first year in a 20 gallon breeder, wi...
by mlakers
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding and Adopting Out
Replies: 30
Views: 2047

Re: Breeding and Adopting Out

Well, it would be nice if the big chain pet stores would get on board, but I don't think that's very likely. And it's not just with hermit crabs that they are falling short, either. Pet stores are, first and foremost, for-profit businesses, and their bottom line LIKES buying hermit crabs in bulk for...
by mlakers
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Tank updates
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: Tank updates

I'm rocking the "used reptile store" look here, as well. :hlol:
by mlakers
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Recommendations from other groups?
Replies: 18
Views: 912

Re: Recommendations from other groups?

Like Motorcrab, I pick and choose what sounds right to me and for my hermits. The basics in most groups don't differ all that much. If I dislike anything, it's the groups (and there are ones out there) that are 100% certain that everything they espouse is The Gospel of Hermit Crab Care and should ne...
by mlakers
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: 2019 Breeding
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: 2019 Breeding

I hope all goes well. Maybe your success with help others. There may come a day (soon I hope) when captive bred hermit crabs are the norm, and more happily kept as pets. Everytime someone has a thread about successful breeding I watch with fingers crossed! Sent from my cp3705AS using Tapatalk Me, t...