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Well rounded diet?

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:27 pm
by Jaimeh
We just got hermit crabs a few days ago, and I want to make sure we are giving them a well-rounded diet. I was thinking commercial food supplemented with fresh food. Suggestions? I have some urgency to make sure I give them well-rounded food quickly, because I THINK one of them is molting and I don’t know where it buried itself...I want to make sure the other one has no reason the eat him!! (Right now I only have the good we got with the kits - FMA Hermit crab food and ZooMed hermit crab food - which I know is not good. We also gave them cucumber and raisins - they ate the cucumber, but not the raisins).

Appreciate any help!!

Re: Well rounded diet?

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:04 pm
by curlysister
Check out the care sheets about food and nutrition:

Nutrition:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=92554

Commercial foods:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=92555

Safe food list:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=92557

Re: Well rounded diet?

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:53 am
by GotButterflies
Curly sister covered most of it, I just wanted to say Hi and welcome to the HCA! :)

Hermit crabs can eat a lot of the same things that we eat. Just check to make sure the item is on the safe list. Foods should be organic when possible. Hermit crabs are sensitive to pesticides and fertilizers.
You also want to provide one or more calcium sources at all times. Examples would be Cuttlebone, Organic Eggshell, Oyster Shell, Lobster Exo, Shrimp Exo.
Make sure you cover all aspects of food pyramid :)
Safe food list: http://hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/ ... 25&t=92557
Unsafe food list: http://hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/ ... 25&t=92556
Food pyramid: http://hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/ ... 25&t=92554

Re: Well rounded diet?

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:41 pm
by Jaimeh
Thanks so much!!