moving with molting crabs

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moving with molting crabs

Post by ciaraalston » Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:08 am

Hey y'all!
So, great news! We sign closing documents on MONDAY!!!!! :banana: :clap: :cheer:
Which means, we are moving NEXT WEEK! :shock: :shock:

I've searched "moving with crabs" and read some old threads, but i just want to lay out my plans to yall. I do have a few questions as well. (don't i always?? :wink: :hlol: )

Right now, i have a 55 gallon tank with about 11 inches of substrate. out of 6 crabs, only 1 E is up. The other 4 PPs and 1 E have been down for at least a month.. (as a busy person, i was a terrible crab mom who didn't document who went down when... :( )

The plan is to move the crabs LAST. I'll start at one side of the tank, digging slowly, and each buried crab goes into it's own plastic tupperware container. the substrate from the tank will go into a large, clean tote. (aside from the top inch or two with isopods, that will be separated into a KK)
I'll have each tupperware container set with some moss, a hide, and about an inch of substrate with some crushed oyster shells on top.
The drive to the new house is only about 10 minutes, so i'll have the boys load the tank and stuff, i'll bring the crabs with me in the car.
Once at the new house, i'll set their tote tank up immediately. I'll add the 1 E thats been up for a while.
Heres my questions:
do they need heat packs for the drive? it's been on the colder side here, low 60s and below. (for those of you living in the 15F weather, louisiana cant deal with anything colder than 75F... dont judge :hlol: )
If i dig up any that are mid molt, i read that i should keep them iso for a while. What do they need in iso? (how much substrate, food, water bowls, etc?) I can buy small totes to iso them in... (if i do that, i'll just use the totes to move them)
what should i use for a heat source? i saw reptilebasics has the heat packs for shipping, but is that enough for their iso totes? they only have up to 72 hour ones, so i'll be changing them roughly every 3 days.
how long will i keep them in iso?

My goal is to move them quickly and with the least amount of stress as possible, no matter what that takes. i don't want to lose any molters.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Re: moving with molting crabs

Post by ciaraalston » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:21 am

Also, where do y'all buy moss locally? My go to is currently busy BUSY raising Zoeae, so I can't order any. Petco/PetSmart? Has anyone tried the organic kind at home Depot?

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Re: moving with molting crabs

Post by RiNiKy506 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:34 am

I get mine at a local pet store but PetCo and PetSmart have the same kind, I think it’s ZooMed.


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Re: moving with molting crabs

Post by ciaraalston » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:55 am

RiNiKy506 wrote:I get mine at a local pet store but PetCo and PetSmart have the same kind, I think it’s ZooMed.


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Okay cool, I'll check today. I haven't even started packing due AND I have to work all weekend so it's going to be a very long week for me Image

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Re: moving with molting crabs

Post by RiNiKy506 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:27 am

ciaraalston wrote:Okay cool, I'll check today. I haven't even started packing due AND I have to work all weekend so it's going to be a very long week for me Image

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Now all the excitement is over of buying a new house and the fun part begins... packing! I’m feeling for you! Sending good luck and peaceful vibes. Image


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Re: moving with molting crabs

Post by ha_haley » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:56 am

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You can buy sphagnum moss at almost any hardware store, you just want to make sure it doesn’t say “peat” on it. Image


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