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by TXcrabby022
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Crabs hiding from bugs?
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Crabs hiding from bugs?

P.S. They've been buried for a couple of months at least, after a previous month or more (I was starting to worry). I expect they'll be on the surface for a while now. Kinda wondering about the other guy, though, since it looks like the one who came up is wearing his shell. Or maybe he's just darken...
by TXcrabby022
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Crabs hiding from bugs?
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Crabs hiding from bugs?

Thanks, Kermie! Good to have confirmation that they're probably food mites. I will try your ideas. Going to see how I can get some isopods...
by TXcrabby022
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Crabs hiding from bugs?
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Crabs hiding from bugs?

A few months ago I switched from a screened lid to a folding glass aquarium lid, so that the crabitat would stay humid enough while we were away (I'd normally mist it a few times a day). After a while I noticed lots of fast-moving little white insects, especially around the food. I read the info on ...
by TXcrabby022
Sun May 29, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Molting
Topic: Water loading before molt?
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Water loading before molt?

Thanks, CallaLily. Good idea. I checked and there doesn't seem to be a leak, though the last water dish had one. No substrate-wicking that I can see.
by TXcrabby022
Fri May 27, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Molting
Topic: Water loading before molt?
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Water loading before molt?

Caught my two crabbies at the watering hole this morning. It was full last night, now it is down to half full. Do crabs do this before molting? I've never noticed it before, but there have been other pre-molt signs (shell fashion-shows, digging, restlessness), and it is about that time. Not sure how...
by TXcrabby022
Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: Toss swampy-smelling substrate?
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Toss swampy-smelling substrate?

P.S. My two crabs seem much happier now, too. Glad to be out of that stink, I think!
by TXcrabby022
Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: Toss swampy-smelling substrate?
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Toss swampy-smelling substrate?

Thanks, guys! I think I'm just going to add it to the garden soil I've been meaning to make for my tomatoes. Crab poop compost! ;)
by TXcrabby022
Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: Toss swampy-smelling substrate?
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Toss swampy-smelling substrate?

Just cleaned out my tank and replaced the substrate because it was too wet (probably water dish leak) and had a sulfury/rotten egg smell (hydrogen sulfide?). Should I toss the old substrate? Or is this kind of smell normal? I'd never noticed it before. Crabs seem happier in their freshly cleaned hom...
by TXcrabby022
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Sudden attack?
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Sudden attack?

Update: after a night of separation, they seem to be getting on well again. Maybe they missed each other? Fingers crossed peace has returned for good. :)
by TXcrabby022
Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Sudden attack?
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Sudden attack?

KellyCrabbieLove, I tried to copy a photo into my post but it didn't work. Sorry, but I've never done this before and I'm not exactly the most computer savvy person in the world! ;) They are about a half inch apart in size, so big guy's current shell opening is 1.75 inches across and little guy's is...
by TXcrabby022
Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Sudden attack?
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Sudden attack?

Thanks, KellyCrabbieLove. I went back and checked on them after typing my post and found the big guy (BG) on top of the little guy (LG) in the water dish, holding onto LG's shell and turning it back and forth (maybe trying to wedge his claws into LG's shell?). I took them out and put them into the d...
by TXcrabby022
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: What's the smartest thing your crabs do?
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: What's the smartest thing your crabs do?

One of my PPs climbed across the screen tank lid upside down to the corner nearest the door to the bathroom (crabitat location) and meticulously cut his way through the tough screen with his big claw. He'd made a sizable hole by the time I noticed it!
by TXcrabby022
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Crab Behavior
Topic: Sudden attack?
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Sudden attack?

My larger PP is on top of the smaller one's shell, apparently trying to pull the small guy out, and I can hear "chirping". Yesterday I saw them having a bit of a claw fight. Nothing new going on in the crabitat, aside from last month's refreshing of substrate and addition of moss and salt water imme...
by TXcrabby022
Tue May 12, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Archivables
Topic: Which fake plants are safe?
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Which fake plants are safe?

Thanks, y'all! I've left one of the plants in there and they seem to be ignoring it mostly, along with the sphagnum moss I got. I even took out the plant and gave it a good sniff (I am always smelling things, need to quit, LOL!) and it seems to be less smelly. I'll add the other, more stinky one nex...
by TXcrabby022
Thu May 07, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Archivables
Topic: Which fake plants are safe?
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Which fake plants are safe?

How can you tell if a fake (plastic) plant is safe for crabs? I understand they are sensitive to chemicals, and the mini aquarium plants I got yesterday at Petsmart have a chemical/plastic smell to them that didn't fade after washing in warm, unscented soapy water. They are labeled safe and non-toxi...