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by hprmom
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Shopping, Stores and Reviews
Topic: 50 turbos for $8! + measuring question
Replies: 5
Views: 957

Re: 50 turbos for $8! + measuring question

Thanks, that's why I wanted to pass the word, because this particular bag brand is mostly turbos and trochus if anyone is looking! The trochus shells all appeared to have broken openings and most of them looked too small or shallow for our crabs. My son thinks they look like little mountains and wan...
by hprmom
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:01 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 202

Re: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?

Thanks, KellyCrabbieLove. Right now I'm sitting at my computer in the dark and I can hear one of them knocking about. But of course when I turn on a dim light on the other side of the room for a peek, all commotion ceases! The first two days we had them, they were frequently out and about, that's wh...
by hprmom
Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: Food
Topic: Newbie, food clarification questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: Newbie, food clarification questions

@wodesorel, this is fantastic, thank you so much! A crustacean compost pile on a micro level, brilliant. For dinner tonight we had ramen with kale, tomato and hard boiled eggs, with watermelon for dessert; the hermit crabs are having the same (minus the noodles)! And I'm freezing the rest of the she...
by hprmom
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Shopping, Stores and Reviews
Topic: 50 turbos for $8! + measuring question
Replies: 5
Views: 957

50 turbos for $8! + measuring question

Newbie here, on advice of the forum I checked out my Joann's and Michael's and made out like a bandit! Using 40% and 50% off coupons, I bought three bags for a grand total of $8. Wanted to share because the bags from Joann's had a TON of green turbos, and the bag from Michael's had a high proportion...
by hprmom
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 202

Re: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?

Re: the crabs being darling... the first night I was kind of creeped out, they looked like giant ants crawling around with their antennae waving! Hermit crabs were not my choice for pets, but dangit, I'm getting attached to the little guys already. They're kind of cute. ;) Speaking of which, new pic...
by hprmom
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Newbie, food clarification questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: Newbie, food clarification questions

So the freeze dried strawberries I set out on the counter earlier started to rehydrate and now instead of a nice crispy treat they are chewy, lol. Perils of living in Central Florida, even in winter with the heat on the humidity in the house is 60%!
by hprmom
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Food
Topic: Newbie, food clarification questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Newbie, food clarification questions

Okay, my questions are getting specific so I'm moving over from the new owners forum. :) On reviewing the safe food list, I'm tickled pink that hermit crabs can eat things that we normally keep in the house. I've done a few forum searches so I'm trying to ask questions I couldn't find specific answe...
by hprmom
Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 202

Re: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?

@Crabinski, thanks for your help! I had a nice long reply written and the server ate it, so here's a (slightly) shorter version... UTH: The back of the tank is 20" wide. Should I splurge on an ultratherm 6x17 (what's the wattage?), or get a 6x11 (7 watts) and use it in conjunction with the mini (4 w...
by hprmom
Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 202

Re: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?

Thank you both so much! I'll be checking out the links right away. Both crabs were active when we picked them up this evening. At home we threw together our 5.5 gallon tank with damp paper towels, a hide and stick, food and both kinds of water for them to hang out while we mixed up substrate in the ...
by hprmom
Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: New Crabs and New Crab Owners
Topic: New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 202

New owner, crabs coming home tonight, advice?

KellyCrabbieLove gave me some good info over in the Emergency forum, but since I'm now off topic I'm moving my discussion over here. Since we lost the hermie my son's science teacher sent home, we decided to try again. We're adopting my girlfriend's two, below is what I posted about them before. Wha...
by hprmom
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs

KellyCrabbieLove, so much good info, thank you! I was talking with a girlfriend today, her kids have lost interest in her two hermit crabs and she offered them to us along with the tank. She says they're "hardy" which is to say that out of the original batch of six, these two have stayed alive for t...
by hprmom
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs

AutumnHermie, he's definitely dead, Dad confirmed the fishy smell. I'm usually not squeamish but after the effort I put in all week I couldn't bring myself to sniff. I was so excited when he seemed to revive for the oats and honey! Thanks for following up. KellyCrabbieLove, it's frustrating that som...
by hprmom
Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs

All Living Things brand was the "hermit crab starter kit" that contained "cypress bedding sample". I remember specifically reading on various websites not to use cedar , but I didn't see anything about cypress either way. I checked when Dad brought home the kit. BTW I forgot to say thank you, everyo...
by hprmom
Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs

Just peeked at him again, and his eye stalks are sticking straight out (they were drooping before), and shine in the light. Do they go into a kind of rigor or something? I'm waiting for Dad to come home for the sniff test... moral support. The sand is playsand, out of a sealed bag, and we baked it j...
by hprmom
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Emergency
Topic: Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Unresponsive 4 days, ate one day, lifeless past 48 hrs

Trying to determine if Hermie is dead or not. We are new to hermit crabs and he has only been home for one week, so answers below reflect a new 5.5 gallon tank set up. 1. What kind of substrate is used in your tank and how deep is it? Playsand + cypress (the cypress came in a hermit crab starter kit...