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by TXcrabby022
Fri May 26, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Re: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?

Sorry, I thought GotButterflies meant that Whole Foods and TJ's had organically grown prepared hermit crab food, because that's what I meant when I said it was difficult/impossible to find products labeled organically grown. As I said, we eat organic and localy produced foods as much as possible. So...
by TXcrabby022
Fri May 26, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Re: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?

Thanks, GotButterfiles! Good to know that Whole Foods and Trader Joe's carry organically grown hermit crab food--I had no idea! We try to stick to organic and locally grown for the produce and other groceries we buy, and we're lucky to have lots of options in the Austin area.
by TXcrabby022
Thu May 25, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Re: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?

Thanks, Wodesorel. I am of the same mind. I bought bricks of Eco Earth compressed coconut fiber, which are labeled "Eco Friendly", though there's no indication that they would meet organic standards or be completely (added) chemical free. Same is true of the foods I've seen in stores. So now I'm won...
by TXcrabby022
Wed May 24, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Feeding canned crickets
Replies: 12
Views: 3826

Re: Feeding canned crickets

Got the river shrimp and crickets in the reptile food section at Petsmart. So far the crickets seem to be being ignored. :(
by TXcrabby022
Wed May 24, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Re: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?

Thanks guys! I called the manufacturer and they confirmed that it is just coconut coir, with nothing added to promote shelf life or prevent insect infestation, etc. Still feeling a bit iffy, though, so I think I'll go buy another brick of the pet store stuff.
by TXcrabby022
Wed May 24, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Crabitat Conditions
Topic: Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Horticultural coconut coir ok to use in substrate?

I have some left over from gardening projects. This is the brand and website:

http://blackgold.bz/tag/black-gold-just-coir/

It seems to be fine, but wanted to check with y'all first...

TIA! :)
by TXcrabby022
Mon May 22, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Feeding canned crickets
Replies: 12
Views: 3826

Re: Feeding canned crickets

Thanks, all! Going to try just freezing them for now. I haven't opened the can of river shrimp yet--that will be another adventure, I'm, sure!
by TXcrabby022
Sat May 20, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Feeding canned crickets
Replies: 12
Views: 3826

Feeding canned crickets

Just opened a can of Fluker's crickets (purchased at Petsmart) and was surprised to see whole insects (minus legs). How should I feed them to my large crab? Do I need to cut them up first? And can I freeze and save the rest? While it is a small can there's no way he'll eat them any time soon! Also, ...
by TXcrabby022
Sun May 14, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What to do with possible cannibal
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: What to do with possible cannibal

Thanks again, everyone! So much helpful and fascinating info!! I'm going to check out the sources of animal protein y'all mentioned. And how cool to know that PPs favor magpie shells in their natural habitat. Glad I've got a couple and I'll look for more--a fun quest! I gave H a twig with some maple...
by TXcrabby022
Fri May 12, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What to do with possible cannibal
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: What to do with possible cannibal

Thanks, y'all! Lots of helpful insights; I appreciate your taking the time. While we're doing most of the things you suggest (always organic food, distilled water, Instant Ocean Reef Crystals), the protein and space seem to be the big issues we need to address. I'm not sure where we can fit a tank t...
by TXcrabby022
Thu May 11, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What to do with possible cannibal
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: What to do with possible cannibal

P.S. Weirdly, the more popular shells have been heavy--the black and white striped kind my son calls "cow shells". :)
by TXcrabby022
Thu May 11, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What to do with possible cannibal
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: What to do with possible cannibal

Thanks for the feedback and ideas, guys. The tank is 10" wide, 12" tall and 20"long. H's shell is 2.5" at its widest and 2" at its most narrow, with a 1.5" opening, so he's pretty big. It is hard to find good shells that will fit him. I have several and rotate them so he has options. His diet consis...
by TXcrabby022
Wed May 10, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What to do with possible cannibal
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

What to do with possible cannibal

A few months back, I posted here about what seemed to have been subterranean shell-swapping and possible murder. Well, not sure what happened under the substrate, but when Hermie, the remaining crab, did some digging, he unearthed an empty shell near where the other crab, Sandy Claws, had burrowed d...
by TXcrabby022
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Shell-swapping cannibal?
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: Shell-swapping cannibal?

Thanks, Rawrgeous--it is helpful to know that they can be down for so long. I've checked in the middle of the night a few times, which I'll keep doing. The substrate tends to get really messy when they emerge because they are pretty big, but it seems to have remained undisturbed. Last night H/SC ate...
by TXcrabby022
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Shell-swapping cannibal?
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Shell-swapping cannibal?

One of our two PPs emerged a couple of weeks ago after a long molt. Both crabs had been down for long enough (about 12 weeks) for me to be worried when this guy, who we assumed was Sandy Claws because of the shell, emerged. Then we noticed that SC seemed to look and behave more like the other guy (H...