Hi thanks so much for your response! I am definitely learning a lot. I’ve responded to some of your questions / comments below:
I believe he was probably disturbed when he was molting and is now finishing up the process. It does take AWHILE for them to do their thing.
- this makes sense because all 3 of my crabs were down at the same tine and the bigger guys came up around the same time he did. Perhaps one of them disturbed him on the way up so he cane up too.
It seems like you're learning a lot and doing mostly everything you can to help this little guy. Good on you!
- thanks I’m trying!
To answer a few questions,
1. Idk why he has green eyes. That's quite different. I haven't seen that before. Maybe one of the mods has? Perhaps he is partially blind. I would keep an eye on him to see if it corrects itself when he molts again.
- I’ll definitely keep an eye on this and let you guys know what happens.
2. Will he molt right away again? I wouldn't think so. As long as they can get along, crabs can make do without one leg for awhile.
3. Now that he is moving, I would quit giving him q-tips. It might be more stressful than helpful.
- yep I stopped the q-tips a week or so ago and he has a food dish now along with the mini fw & sw caps. I’ve been giving him baths every other day though I’ll stop that except for the medicinal bath xenocrab posted that I’m gathering supplies to make.
4. When should you be moving him back? I'd wait until he's basically like "let me out!!" If he is lethargic most of the day/night, he is still resting and healing.
- ok thanks, he’s still pretty quiet. Ive noticed he comes out during the day not at night though.
5. Honey and bee pollen are wonderful healing foods, but where is the protein?! And are you giving him calcium? Crabs should have protein as the foundation of their diet everyday and calcium readily available always.
- yes good point! At the very beginning I just did honey & bee pollen for a few days. Now he’s back up to a regular diet in his food dish. Right now he has cornmeal, butterfly pea powder, ground cow bone, a ground fish & fish eggs mix, cuttlebone, honey, bee pollen, green sand, millet, and worm castings.
Easy protein sources: egg - raw or cooked without any seasonings or salt. Chicken, pork, lean beef, shrimp, scallops, etc. Can all be served raw or cooked without seasonings or salt.
- in the past my guys barely touch any of these proteins (I serve them cooked, cold, unseasoned) except shrimp. Is it ok to only offer shrimp and other fish-based proteins? I also offer cheese sometimes which they love.
Easy calcium sources: cuttlebone (available near the bird section of pet stores) and egg shells (I like to dry mine in the oven and then break them up). If you give them shrimp with the shell on that has calcium as well.
- yep I offer these and my guys like ground crab exo too I get off Etsy.
6. Add turbo shells to the tank. That's the ones that all my crabs prefer and most do. There's a Shell tread for more info on shells.
- I’ll buy more turbos thanks!
7. When you see him so far extended like in the picture, are you sure he's eating and not checking out other shells? To me it looks like he is checking out new shells.
- sorry the photo is bad, and it’s a weird angle. he’s actually reaching out over the food dish, the shells are a couple inches away to the side of the food dish.
I think he will make it. Keep us updated.
- hope so thank you!
Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk[/quote]
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk