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by JoeHermits
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: pesticides garden
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: pesticides garden

Even Certified Organic produce still has residues, but I would definitely wash all produce thoroughly before offering. Spraying for mosquitoes is largely ineffective, as has been demonstrated by hundreds of mass sprays (reducing standing water for their larvae is better). Do you know what they’re us...
by JoeHermits
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Importing exotics
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Importing exotics

Yes, you need to pay for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, fees for inspection at a designated entry port, and overnight international shipping. The entire process costs hundreds of dollars and generally isn’t worth the effort.


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by JoeHermits
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Craft Moss
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Craft Moss

also a 29 gallon is still not enough for 6 crabs. you need at least 60 gallons. 10 gallons per crab at least Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk The ten gallons per crab rule is a broad and overly conservative generalization. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210412/807c96364955ab72f203f8428c8f807c...
by JoeHermits
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Surface moult
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: Surface moult

He’ll eat the exoskeleton on his own time. Most of the time spent underground is just recovery time, so it may take a while. As for the jostling, there’s a small window that lasts about a day or two immediately after a molt where they’re at their softest and most vulnerable. However, even if he was ...
by JoeHermits
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Craft Moss
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Craft Moss

Personally I don’t think a few scattered flecks are enough to justify a full substrate change.


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by JoeHermits
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: melon seeds safe?
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: melon seeds safe?

Cantaloupe seeds are edible for humans (raw or cooked) so I don’t see any reason that hermit crabs can’t eat them, too.


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by JoeHermits
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Adopting Crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Adopting Crabs

Yeah, the cork is safe. Chlorine and chloramine are only a concern if in bathing or drinking water to prevent crabby absorption. Plus, you boiled it in treated water which would likely remove most contaminates anyways.


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by JoeHermits
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Adopting Crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Adopting Crabs

We’ve never found the PPDS method to have any significant effect on mortality. Survival is more dependent on previous conditions than current. As for buddies you can get one whenever you wish. Hermit crabs congregate for resource exploitation, not sociality, so being alone in the meantime won’t harm...
by JoeHermits
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Crab passed during molt, cause of death?
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: Crab passed during molt, cause of death?

DragonsFly wrote:I have no experience with Blueberries--does anyone know how long an approximately 15 year old Blueberry would generally take to molt?
About three months.


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by JoeHermits
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Crab passed during molt, cause of death?
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: Crab passed during molt, cause of death?

Nothing is standing out to me. Sadly between ten and twenty years is a respectable age for captive crabs and is typically when they finally pass away during their last molt.


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by JoeHermits
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Mixing different types of substrate
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Mixing different types of substrate

You can just pour what you need on top, but don’t pack or press down to avoid collapsing any caverns.


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by JoeHermits
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New Exotics! (better pictures coming soon)
Replies: 11
Views: 349

Re: New Exotics! (better pictures coming soon)

There are many reports of hermits laying eggs in captivity but so far no one knows how to induce breeding behaviors reliably, not to mention how difficult it is to keep the zoea alive.

I wish you luck.


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by JoeHermits
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Cherry Blossoms Tree "NOT THE FRUIT TREE"
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Cherry Blossoms Tree "NOT THE FRUIT TREE"

No, but considering Wode’s were munching on cherry wood for years I’d imagine that the blossoms aren’t high risk.


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by JoeHermits
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Cherry Blossoms Tree "NOT THE FRUIT TREE"
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Cherry Blossoms Tree "NOT THE FRUIT TREE"

They’re the same thing. The genus Prunus consists of all cherry trees regardless of fruit or flowers.


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by JoeHermits
Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Cherry Blossoms Tree "NOT THE FRUIT TREE"
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Cherry Blossoms Tree

Cherries and other Prunus spp. contain prunasin, which breaks down into benzaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide as the tissues decompose. They’re toxic to mammals but whether they affect crustaceans is unknown. Many generalist insects feed on the leaves but I don’t know how they metabolize prunasin and it...