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Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

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Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Sat May 12, 2018 3:08 pm

Hello! My crab had babies and I’m attempting to raise them in captivity. I’m at about day 16 and suspect that any day they may start becoming interested in shells. However, I’m struggling to find shells small enough (have checked craft stores, Etsy, eBay, Amazon, etc.). I need shells that are 1mm - 2mm. Like I’m talking -

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Does anyone know where online I could purchase shells small enough or if someone can send me shells small enough or shell grit that I could pick through I’m willing to PayPal shipping costs.

Thank you.
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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: AwesomeHermit » Sat May 12, 2018 3:09 pm

I remember @Wolfnipplechips had some for Renroc?
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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: wodesorel » Sat May 12, 2018 8:14 pm

I bought tiny shells when I was going try, but I don't know if they are small enough. PM me your address and I will get them out on Monday! If you're too far away and need them quick I might ask a few bucks for faster shipping.
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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: CrabHappens » Sat May 12, 2018 10:23 pm

I have some pretty tiny shells in the hopes one day, maybe I would need them but I can always get more should the need arise! I have no idea how to ship things but I will go to the post office Monday to see. What species are the babies, do you know?

Feel free to message me and we can go from there, I'm so happy for you! Also, maybe etsy?

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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: LadyJinglyJones » Sun May 13, 2018 12:18 am

If desperate you might try buying shell grit for birds and sifting through that for okay shells? It would not be fun, but you might get a good number in the absurdly-small size range.

Related note: anyone know if anyone has offered fresh water aquarium snail shells to megalopa with success? I ask because ive always got a metric too-many on hand.
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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: aussieJJDude » Sun May 13, 2018 12:50 am

LadyJinglyJones wrote:Related note: anyone know if anyone has offered fresh water aquarium snail shells to megalopa with success? I ask because ive always got a metric too-many on hand.


Not that i know of, but it could work - epsecially species like Mayalasian Trumpet snails, which have a loose 'oval' shape opening...

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Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: rml6f4 » Sun May 13, 2018 12:04 pm

CrabHappens wrote:I have some pretty tiny shells in the hopes one day, maybe I would need them but I can always get more should the need arise! I have no idea how to ship things but I will go to the post office Monday to see. What species are the babies, do you know?

Feel free to message me and we can go from there, I'm so happy for you! Also, maybe etsy?


I messaged Wodesorel, if that falls through I’ll message you next. Thank you for offering!!!!

Thanks! The babies are from a Strawberry Hermit Crab. And I looked at Etsy (only briefly) and the smallest shells seemed to start at 4mm.
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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: CrabHappens » Sun May 13, 2018 4:49 pm

No problem! it's amazing that your strawbabies are having babies! :)

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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: wodesorel » Sun May 13, 2018 5:24 pm

If anyone has seriously tiny shells, please consider sending them.

I have the smallest commercial mix available, but most of the shells will be too large. There should be some in there that are small enough (2mm, 3mm), but I am not sure how many. I've been having double vision for about a year now and cannot sit and pick through them. :(

You may still want to look into a bag of saltwater substrate. I have bought backs of aragonite before with microscopic shells in it!
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Re: Need teeny tiny shells (anyone live near a beach?)

PostAuthor: CrabHappens » Mon May 14, 2018 8:47 am

I looked through my bag, I only have three 1-2 mm, the rest are about 4 or 5 mm but I have a shop I can check later today

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