Is it eggs?

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Is it eggs?

Post by CrabMommaChara » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:46 pm

So, I found some tiny white specks in my water dish today and I'm very confused. Are these eggs? Mites? Sand? They've never been there before, and I am quite confused!
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Re: Is it eggs?

Post by CrabMommaChara » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:20 pm

Whatever it is, I washed it out, replaced everything and cleaned every. single. freakin. thing. crisis averted!
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Re: Is it eggs?

Post by JoeHermits » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:27 pm

Hermit crab eggs look like pink or gray fish eggs. You’d recognize them immediately.

Small white flecks could potentially be small animals, like mites or springtails, or nonorganics, like mineral sediments. It’s hard for me to say without pics. Were they floating or on the bottom?


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Re: Is it eggs?

Post by CrabMommaChara » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:52 am

They were definately floating, and kind of clearish. they looked like they were moving, too.
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Re: Is it eggs?

Post by JoeHermits » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:34 am

I’m guessing they’re either food mites or springtails, both commonly found in households and completely harmless to crabs.


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Re: Is it eggs?

Post by CrabMommaChara » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:43 am

Well that's not good! Does washing the water tank, all the items, and all the exposed crabs, and removing all sand with hints of it clean it away?
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Re: Is it eggs?

Post by wodesorel » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:34 am

No, because they will come right back. The tank is a perfect environment for them, and in exchange they keep mold and rotting food away.

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