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by DragonsFly
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Recommend things to me
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: Recommend things to me

What size tank are you looking for, and where are you?
by DragonsFly
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Hermit Crab Hijinx
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Hermit Crab Hijinx

Right! More climbing is actually better for them! Just like us, they need to move. :)
by DragonsFly
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Ummmm this is new
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: Ummmm this is new

Okay, so I was not understanding the background of these two crabs--they are a male and female who have been in captivity for some time (how long?), but just recently came into your possession?
by DragonsFly
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Recommend things to me
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: Recommend things to me

If you do decide to do the silicone thing, bear in mind that (as I understand it) you can't just do that with crabs in the tank. The fumes are highly toxic; you need to take them somewhere else, and let the silicone cure until all the smell is entirely gone (1-2 days, depending on humidity), before ...
by DragonsFly
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Hermit Crab Hijinx
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Hermit Crab Hijinx

Why not just put another railing across the front? That way, they can climb up and into it, but it would be much more difficult for them to knock the shells off onto the lower level (they would have to lift them up over the railing first, which would be unlikely).
by DragonsFly
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Hermit Crab Hijinx
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Hermit Crab Hijinx

To keep loose shells from cluttering up the walking space, and keep them off the substrate (and thus cleaner), I usually put them in some kind of basket or shower caddy, hung up somewhere, with a way to climb up to it. A big enough basket with steep enough sides keeps them from bunging them down; th...
by DragonsFly
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Recommend things to me
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: Recommend things to me

Go as big and tall as you can, if you are limited to that footprint (and keep numbers of crabs as low as possible, to limit possibilities of crabs encountering molters underground!). I can't reach down inside my 120 high if I'm standing on the floor, so I just got a little step-ladder from the hardw...
by DragonsFly
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Ummmm this is new
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: Ummmm this is new

Wodes, is it likely that recent rescues would be trying to mate, though? I thought they didn't really go in for that unless they were really healthy and in stable, excellent conditions for a while?
by DragonsFly
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Found possible molting crab under water dish
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Found possible molting crab under water dish

I think that's fine. If she was still able to dig, she wasn't fully into "molting mode" yet--or if she is again able to dig, you may be correct that she is almost ready to come up anyway. I would go ahead and VERY CAREFULLY change to some kind of system (for both water sources) that allows something...
by DragonsFly
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Crab & Care Questions
Topic: Moving crabs into a new tank
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: Moving crabs into a new tank

When you say "you never seem to catch" the other two crabs--do you mean you haven't seen them up and moving around in a while? If so, they may be molting, and it is really not recommended to disturb a molter if you can possibly help it--disturbing a crab mid-molt can be very dangerous for the crab. ...
by DragonsFly
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Found possible molting crab under water dish
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Found possible molting crab under water dish

This happens a lot. I think it is because the water dish (or other objects) help to somewhat compact and therefore stabilize the substrate, so it seems to the crab that under those objects is a better place to make a cave. I think you've done the best you can for now, as well, and in the future, you...
by DragonsFly
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Ummmm this is new
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: Ummmm this is new

No, it looks a lot like fighting, or a shell jacking. The male will ride the female around for hours or sometimes days, and when its time he flips her over and pins her down and won't let go. Afterwards he continues to guard her for a while, and he'll be fighting off any approaching males as well. ...
by DragonsFly
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Ummmm this is new
Replies: 12
Views: 424

Re: Ummmm this is new

:crabblush:
by DragonsFly
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: D.I.Y Projects and Equipment
Topic: Do hamster wheels have to be plastic?
Replies: 44
Views: 1368

Re: Do hamster wheels have to be plastic?

That's resourceful! :)

I'm still curious as to how you closed off the other side of the axle of the wheel itself. Can you show a pic of the open side of the wheel as it is now?
by DragonsFly
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Aggression From New PP
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Aggression From New PP

Yes, eventually (if they survive), they do get that big, and then you'll need huge tanks and very deep substrate, etc.--but that will be a while. Yes, I saw that there seemed to only be an issue with this one crab, but you never know how things will go as things continue. Sometimes, just one of the ...