Tank upgrade

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Tank upgrade

Post by Giner13 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:19 pm

What do ya'll recommend using for bigger water pools? I currently have a two-sided pet food dish but I know it won't be deep enough for my growing boys when I upgrade.


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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by EOD-Crab » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:27 pm

I use a small painters tray. You can get them at Walmart or a hardware store. To prevent drowning I have a plastic mesh zip tied at the lip with silicon in the bottom. This is my fresh currently. In prep for a Strawberry I want to get my sea water is the old critter keeper that my first crabs were sold to me in. I use eggcrate and the same mesh for a ramp.

Ps. On the painters tray you can scratch the smooth ramp on it alread, add silicon and pebbles for a more aesthetic pool


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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by Just Jay » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:31 pm

I have used tuppy containers that work out great but i find they are either wide or deep. I love my sw thats the bottom of a kritter kepper. Only thing i kick myself for often is not making it easier to take out and change. Ive been looking up different aquariums for like salt and fresh water snails, shrimp, other crabs and other things that hermit crabs would eat or find in tide pools. That has given me some good ideas about larger upgrades. Lots of them are other containers instead of aquariums.

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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by GotButterflies » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:48 pm

EOD-Crab wrote:I use a small painters tray. You can get them at Walmart or a hardware store. To prevent drowning I have a plastic mesh zip tied at the lip with silicon in the bottom. This is my fresh currently. In prep for a Strawberry I want to get my sea water is the old critter keeper that my first crabs were sold to me in. I use eggcrate and the same mesh for a ramp.

Ps. On the painters tray you can scratch the smooth ramp on it alread, add silicon and pebbles for a more aesthetic pool
Do you have a false bottom in place for the kk with water when you do that? (Just in case it ever leaks)


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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by Giner13 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:53 pm

EOD-Crab wrote:I use a small painters tray. You can get them at Walmart or a hardware store. To prevent drowning I have a plastic mesh zip tied at the lip with silicon in the bottom. This is my fresh currently. In prep for a Strawberry I want to get my sea water is the old critter keeper that my first crabs were sold to me in. I use eggcrate and the same mesh for a ramp.

Ps. On the painters tray you can scratch the smooth ramp on it alread, add silicon and pebbles for a more aesthetic pool
That's a pretty good idea
But I'd be wondering how to make it easier to take out/change as JustJay said?


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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by EOD-Crab » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:06 pm

No false bottom, mine has never leaked but I did a test prior to using it by filling and setting on paper towels for a few days. Every time I clean it I inspect it.

I did just do a sub cycle, where I mix the sub from bottom and top together and there was no standing water.

Taking it out is easy for me because I water sealed a large front door cabinet for my "tank" so I have easy access. The kk lip is flush with sub. If I can figure out posting pictures I will post one.


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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by EOD-Crab » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:46 pm

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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by Giner13 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:50 pm

EOD-Crab wrote:Image
Very cool!!


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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by GotButterflies » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:21 pm

Very nice crabitat! How many gallons is that?
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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by daws409 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:23 pm

Very cool! I use double up Tupperware. The first is buried in the sub and has a layer of siliconed marbles (some use pebbles) in bottom. The second bowl sets inside this and is filled with water. I have plastic canvas as ramps but you can use pebbles, marbles, vines, or egg crate.... It makes it easier to do water changes. I also only change my water once (maybe twice if it's dirty) a week because I have bubblers. My dishes hold about 5 cups of water.

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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by EOD-Crab » Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:24 pm

GotButterflies wrote:Very nice crabitat! How many gallons is that?
Only about 60gal but the door makes everything much easier to manage. Also being wood I could mount my ceramic heater and a dimmer switch on the side to control temp. The UV light and night viewing light were super easy to mount too

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Tank upgrade

Post by GotButterflies » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:53 am

Nice!
Edit: I would probably make substrate deep since you don't have much of a footprint.


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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by EadvEnturEs » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:54 pm

I do literally the exact same as daws. Pretty sure we have the same dishes (haven't we talked about this before?). Here are my pools:

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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by daws409 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:59 pm

EadvEnturEs wrote:I do literally the exact same as daws. Pretty sure we have the same dishes (haven't we talked about this before?).

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Yes, same ones but mine are set up different.... I'll have to take a pic

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Re: Tank upgrade

Post by Giner13 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:42 pm

EadvEnturEs wrote:I do literally the exact same as daws. Pretty sure we have the same dishes (haven't we talked about this before?). Here are my pools:

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