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by mool
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Process for Drying Crab Food
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Process for Drying Crab Food

"Blanch and shock" is a mantra for cooking vegetables, but I've never blanched anything prior to dehydrating it. Granted, I mostly dehydrate herbs and make kale chips.
by mool
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Advice please!!
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Advice please!!

I would get him/her two new buddies and put them all into the new tank at the same time--that way no one is dominant (territorial). Move them all into their new home as soon as you get the temperature up--so whenever the heater comes, put it on and let the temp rise and put your crab plus new buddie...
by mool
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:45 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

Take it out, quick! Lol. I remember when one of mine switched from her painted shell and I just kept watching, fascinated...I had never seen that before. And then, before I knew it, she was changing back into her painted one! It, of course, took her another few weeks to change out of it again, litt...
by mool
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Powdered Peanut Butter
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Powdered Peanut Butter

It's funny how much things have changed since I started keeping crabs. This is a good thing! One reason I dusted off this ol' account and became active again was to learn new stuff. Mostly what I've learned is that many long held "facts" and "musts" have changed. The next time my snake sheds, I'm go...
by mool
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Hide ideas for a jumbo?
Replies: 14
Views: 553

Re: Hide ideas for a jumbo?

Do you have access to a tile saw? I've made my geckos natural stone tile hides, and they can be made to accommodate any size opening. I would suggest slate or marble, the back side of travertine sort of disintegrates in humidity. It doesn't cost much either, maybe $5 to $10 per hide depending on th...
by mool
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Serious help/advice/opinions. Ty
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Serious help/advice/opinions. Ty

I'm sorry your crabs are giving you more anxiety than pleasure. Please take care of yourself.

Where are you at in Texas? I live in Austin and could give them a good home--if that's what you want to do.
by mool
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:47 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

Glad you found this forum and very glad you are taking the time to learn about their correct care! Have you checked out the care guides in this forum? They contain so much information that it can be over-whelming, but it's all good stuff. A few things I want to point out: -Our crabby friends (assumi...
by mool
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: New crab has been buried for a month
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: New crab has been buried for a month

Stay the course! If they are okay and you dig; you could harm them. If they aren't okay and you dig; you're not going to be able to save them.

No good comes from digging! Patience is the key. Meanwhile, enjoy your tank of pet sand!!

My biggest crabs stay down for over a year at a time.
by mool
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Food
Topic: General food info
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: General food info

Here is a simple food chart that I like. I don't know where it came from so I can't credit the original user: Hermit Crab Food Groups Animal Protein (7 days/week) Foods of the animal protein group include: crab, egg whites, freeze-dried bloodworm, freeze-dried plankton, earthworm, freeze-dried shrim...
by mool
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Powdered Peanut Butter
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Powdered Peanut Butter

I see powdered peanut butter (i.e. PB2 and similar brands) mentioned on here quite frequently. When it first came out in retail stores was about the time I started keeping crabs--2008-ish. Most brands were just dehydrated peanut butter. Some has additives such as salt. I asked on here if it was safe...
by mool
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: fresh food rotations
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: fresh food rotations

Mine do not prefer fresh foods or freshly cooked foods with the exception of finely minced leaf lettuce--that they devour. Even super enticing and super healthy foods that are "wet" go ignored (i.e. honey, peanut butter, oils, blackstrap molasses, banana, etc.). Unless they devour it overnight, I us...
by mool
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: I'm sorry.
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: I'm sorry.

I'm sorry for your loss. I'm also sorry that your journey with crab-keeping caused you such stress.

Please reach out to a trusted adult and ask them for help in processing your feelings.

Gentle hugs.
by mool
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Crab Owner with questions!
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: New Crab Owner with questions!

I made the mistake of buying the "wrong" sand (calci sand, which is very similar to what you bought). Unfortunately that type of sand is bad for crabs to live on. It can stick to them and cause abrasions and it can form cement like tunnels that can trap them and suffocate them. If you can access Eco...
by mool
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Mixing different types of substrate
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Mixing different types of substrate

What is "approved hermit crab sand?" I made the mistake early on of buying calci sand before I knew it was the wrong kind of sand. Since I already mixed it into my sub and didn't want to waste, I "diluted" it with several more bags of play sand and several bricks of Eco Earth. I didn't lose any crabs.
by mool
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: is embroidery string safe?
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: is embroidery string safe?

Most often embroidery floss is made of 6 strands of dyed cotton. Sometimes it can be made of silk, linen, or rayon--all of which would be dyed to the desired color. Rayon is a man-made fiber made from mostly bamboo cellulose.

I think the natural fibers would be okay, but I'm unsure of the dyes.