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by Eggster
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Help
Replies: 9
Views: 183

Re: Help

Using straight coconut fiber (eco earth) is an easy way to help maintain humidity levels. A long time ago I saw suggestions on here to use salt water with the substrate to inhibit mold growth and it has worked really well for me. Added bonus, occasionally my crabs will chow down on the coconut fiber...
by Eggster
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Ride Home
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Ride Home

Coconut fiber on it's own works perfectly as tank substrate and helps maintain humidity. Pet stores are a treasure trove of cheap supplies and great tank items everywhere but the hermit crab section lol. Fish section generally has the cheapest prices on dried shrimp and dried blood worms. In this se...
by Eggster
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Lethargic and not eating
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Lethargic and not eating

You definitely need to pick up Instant Ocean or some other marine salt. I used the petsmart salt water when first started and while it's enough to keep your crabs alive, it's not what they need. I've noticed, I haven't had a single crab death during a molt since I made the switch a few years ago. I ...
by Eggster
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Crab stress?
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Re: Crab stress?

When in doubt, just wait. I've been nervous because all of Christmas break, I only saw two of my crabs. I took care of them as normal and held off on changing the substrate. Well I'm home after two days of moving back into my dorm and a third crab decided to grace me with its presence. Maybe fresh f...
by Eggster
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Hoarding Food!
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Re: Hoarding Food!

Yeah, I've tossed shrimp tails to my crabs a few times and they loved them. First time I set them out, I didn't even get the tank lid close before my smallest guy started to steal one away. I dont give shrimp tails that often as the crabs do love to secret them away which leaves me with more mold an...
by Eggster
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Size Differences Between Crabs?
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Size Differences Between Crabs?

I personally have had tiny, medium, and large crabs together in the same tank with no problem. They've grown so much this past year or so that I feel like I now have two jumbos, a large, and a medium coexisting peacefully. Only incident I've had with a small/tiny crab is back when I first got my cra...
by Eggster
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Smart Crabs
Replies: 7
Views: 961

Re: Smart Crabs

They certainly can learn to an extent. Back when I first introduced a hamster wheel to my tank none of my crabs went near it. I finally popped a crab in the wheel myself; once one crab figured out what the wheel did, the others soon followed. My crabs have also learned that when the wheel is off cen...
by Eggster
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Adding a hamster wheel and I have a few questions
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Adding a hamster wheel and I have a few questions

Hope I'm not too late but the wheel you were looking at is pretty much the same one I use in my tank. I hung it from the top of my tank with command hooks and it has worked perfectly with no modifications. The ridges actually provide enough traction that none of my crabs had any problems cranking t...
by Eggster
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: I know everyone asks about this but...
Replies: 6
Views: 517

Re: I know everyone asks about this but...

Depending on your substrate he could be eating it. I have pure coconut fiber made with salt water and I find my crabs chowing down on it all the time. I've also found them eating the sides of their coconut hut and the wet end of the attached rope ladder.
As long as he is active, he's eating something.
by Eggster
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: switching the cycle
Replies: 9
Views: 606

Re: switching the cycle

I wouldn't worry that much about light cycles. My crabs have no set schedule, my tank light is a simple bendy clip on desk lamp and they're active as ever. For example I was sick and literally slept for the past two days so my light hasn't been on at all. Now tonight I've had it on all night so far ...
by Eggster
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Playing on the wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: Playing on the wheel

The wheel is the best thing I've ever put in my tank. My crabs do all sorts of crazy things with it now but my favorite thing is that they have learn to take turns. It's fascinating to watch them patiently wait and switch out. Of course, there are times when a crab doesn't wait and those scuffles ar...
by Eggster
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Adding a hamster wheel and I have a few questions
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Adding a hamster wheel and I have a few questions

Hope I'm not too late but the wheel you were looking at is pretty much the same one I use in my tank. I hung it from the top of my tank with command hooks and it has worked perfectly with no modifications. The ridges actually provide enough traction that none of my crabs had any problems cranking th...
by Eggster
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Why a lid/cover is so important!!
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: Why a lid/cover is so important!!

I just can't get over how your crab is a mirror image of my own escape artist right down to the same shell. If I can figure out how to insert a pic, I'll post one. My big guy somehow managed to still lift the lid enough to get out with a whole 20lbs of Instant Ocean on top. Lol I ended up ducktaping...
by Eggster
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Questions about Crabitat aswell as Crab behavior?
Replies: 11
Views: 855

Re: Questions about Crabitat aswell as Crab behavior?

First of all I would recommend getting a larger tank and ive had a lot of success with a 20 gal long. Most importantly a bigger tank allows deeper substrate which makes molting way safer; i personally have my tank set up with 10 inches of sub that slopes down to 3 in. More space also allows more ite...
by Eggster
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Is being unusually active during the day a sign of anything?
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Is being unusually active during the day a sign of anyth

Summer has my crabs up day and night. I also noticed a little more day activity even since adding a light to the tank. Crabs have individual quirks as well. Some prefer nights, some days and some both. My two big guys are up all the time while my smaller ones prefer early mornings and afternoons. On...