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by PinchersAndShells
Thu May 23, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Substrate in water?
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Substrate in water?

Branching off of what Motörcrab said, the ocean contains beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia (toxic) to nitrite (also toxic), and then converts that nitrite to nitrate (only toxic in large amounts). In aquariums, you have to let the tank "cycle" for at least a month in order to build up this b...
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Heating Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Heating Problem

A cheaper alternative that has been working for me (and other crabbers) is taking a layer of cardboard and wrapping it in tinfoil! You can do multiple layers of cardboard but just one works for me. :)
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Heating pad or heat lamp?
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Re: Heating pad or heat lamp?

I had to break down and buy a thermostat for my heat mat because the tank was getting up to 90°F in winter! Whether or not you need one really depends on the temperature of your house and how well the mat works. I bought a thermostat meant for seed germinating on Amazon for my Ultratherm and it work...
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Cleaning substrate?
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: Cleaning substrate?

You can put trays full of the substrate into the oven, I typically do the lowest possible heat setting for 15-20 minutes. This will kill off most things living in it. If you're just worried about bugs you could also freeze it in bags and then let it thaw back to room temperature before using. :)
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Feeding Schedule
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Feeding Schedule

Scarletfire wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 5:28 pm
I like that idea. I guess I dont need to do it exactly seafood vs land veggies?
Mine get both sea vegetables and land vegetables in that rotation, just not at the same time. :)
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Feeding Schedule
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Feeding Schedule

Over time I have gathered quite a bit of food, so I make sure I feed two proteins, one vegetable/plant matter, one fruit, and one grain or seed every time I change the bowl. I rotate through all the foods I have so that way I can make sure I'm feeling everything I have and not skipping over anything.
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Water
Topic: Water Cabanas!
Replies: 33
Views: 1315

Re: Water Cabanas!

I like them! How do you clean?
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: Isolation
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Isolation

When you isolate using a soda bottle the crabs can typically dig themselves out when they're ready to leave unless you push it all the way to the bottom. Otherwise you can just keep an eye out for when most of the shed exoskeleton is eaten and the crab starts becoming active again, then let them fre...
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Bugs!
Topic: Baby isopods taking over!
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: Baby isopods taking over!

If they're food mites you can just leave them be. They don't bother the hermit crabs and typically come back even after cleaning. You can tell the difference because food mites look like this: https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190521/96f685c3e626af2fea2d6709a5bac32c.jpg While baby isopods look like...
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Using a Moon-glow/lite with an umbrella lighting (kit)
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: Using a Moon-glow/lite with an umbrella lighting (kit)

Hello, I'm not quite sure what you mean by an umbrella lighting but I did want to note that the crabs should have darkness at night. Moonlight bulbs are fine to use temporarily for night viewing though. :)
by PinchersAndShells
Tue May 21, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Our Other Pets
Topic: Millipedes!
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Millipedes!

scuttlecrusty22 wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 7:33 am
I live in the mid-west :D
Possibly Narceus americanus?
by PinchersAndShells
Sat May 11, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Our Other Pets
Topic: Millipedes!
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Millipedes!

scuttlecrusty22 wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 12:37 pm
Does anyone have red/black millipedes? I have found some of them out in the woods before, under logs and such.
Where are you from? Possible species depends on location. Just saying a state or province would be sufficient. :)
by PinchersAndShells
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Strawberry shoots in crabitat
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Strawberry shoots in crabitat

doth wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:50 pm
that is so cool! I've heard of pple sprouting seeds in their tats but haven't had luck myself- maybe if I get a UV bulb...

Sent from my XT1635-01 using Tapatalk
Many people in the terrarium and vivarium hobby use LED lights for growing plants. They seem to work pretty well too!
by PinchersAndShells
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Our Other Pets
Topic: Millipedes!
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Millipedes!

So cool! You have such an awesome collection of critters. I love your millipedes. Thank you! I just really love invertebrates. There's so many out there and seeing other people being able to appreciate them makes me happy! I have a tank of bumblebees, too. 😊 A few adults were in the plants I bought...
by PinchersAndShells
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Our Other Pets
Topic: Millipedes!
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Millipedes!

Nice shots! I also have milipedes. Curious, what type of container do you keep em in? Any pics? Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk I can get some pictures this weekend! The bumblebees (I was sent 6) are in a 16 quart tub with a good 2 through 4 inches of substrate and ventilation holes on the sid...