Hurt baby pp

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Hurt baby pp

Post by Billy'smom » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:49 pm

Since you've come to the emergency forum, we know you want a fast answer to your question. In order for us to figure out the problem as quickly as possible, we ask that you answer the following questions as best you can. Some of them may seem odd, but they're all designed to give us the information we need to give you a good solution for your problem. The things in the [ brackets ] are there to make this post easier to read once submitted. Thanks!
All of my crabs ar pp

1. What kind of substrate is used in your tank and how deep is it? sand and coconut soil


2. Do you have gauges in the tank to measure temperature and humidity? If so, where are they located and what temperature and humidity do they usually read?
73°-78°

3. Is a heat source used in the tank? If so, what? heat pad on back of tank


4. What types of water are available (fresh or salt) and how is the water treated (what brands of dechlorinator or salt mix and what ratio is used to mix it)?
Flukers

5. What kinds of food do you feed and how often is it replaced?
Every other day, honey and calcium powder, fruit and veggies

6. How long have you had the crab and what species is it, if known?
The larger one I've had for a few weeks I just got 2 babies today

7. Has your crab molted, and how long ago did it happen?
Not yet

8. What type of housing are the crabs kept in, what size is it and what kind of lid is on the housing? 10 gallon tank


9. How many crabs are in the tank and about how large are they? the babies are about 1 1/2 inches, the large one is 3 1/2


10. How many extra shells are usually kept in the tank, if any? 3


11. Have there been any fumes or chemicals near the crabitat recently? no


12. How often do you clean the tank and how? weekly. I remove the feces and change the water


13. Are sponges used in the water dish? If so, how are they cleaned?
No

14. Has anything new been added to your crabitat recently? the babies


15. Is there any other information you would like to share that might be helpful (anything that is regularly part of your crab care, playtime, bathing, etc.)?
I take the large one out to wander around

16. Please describe the emergency situation in detail.
My larger pp billy started attacking one of my new babies (lefty and j.r) he tore off the back leg on j.r.'s left side. I separated billy from the babies. I'm just worried that he will do it again. What should I do?

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Re: Hurt baby pp

Post by curlysister » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:24 pm

1. What kind of substrate is used in your tank and how deep is it? sand and coconut soil
Curly - Be sure it is at least three times as deep as your largest crab. It should be moistened with dechlorinated water so that it is sand castle consistency.

2. Do you have gauges in the tank to measure temperature and humidity? If so, where are they located and what temperature and humidity do they usually read?
73°-78°
Curly - What is your humidity?

3. Is a heat source used in the tank? If so, what? heat pad on back of tank


4. What types of water are available (fresh or salt) and how is the water treated (what brands of dechlorinator or salt mix and what ratio is used to mix it)?
Flukers
Curly - Are you using Flukers for both your salt and fresh water? It is likely not suitable long term. Pools should be deep enough for crabs to submerge, but also have a way to climb out. Be sure to read through the water care sheet for all the info you need about proper water:

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=92553


5. What kinds of food do you feed and how often is it replaced?
Every other day, honey and calcium powder, fruit and veggies
Curly - Crabs need a varied diet. Do you feed any protein? They need protein daily. Be sure to read through the care sheet about nutrition:

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=92554


6. How long have you had the crab and what species is it, if known?
The larger one I've had for a few weeks I just got 2 babies today

7. Has your crab molted, and how long ago did it happen?
Not yet

8. What type of housing are the crabs kept in, what size is it and what kind of lid is on the housing? 10 gallon tank


9. How many crabs are in the tank and about how large are they? the babies are about 1 1/2 inches, the large one is 3 1/2
Curly - With crabs the size of your big one, your substrate needs to be pretty deep. You will likely also need to upgrade to a larger tank at some point, so they all have enough space.

10. How many extra shells are usually kept in the tank, if any? 3
Curly - HCA recommends at least 3 to 5 extra shells per person. There are correct and incorrect shells to buy. S
Shell care sheet:

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=92552


11. Have there been any fumes or chemicals near the crabitat recently? no


12. How often do you clean the tank and how? weekly. I remove the feces and change the water


13. Are sponges used in the water dish? If so, how are they cleaned?
No

14. Has anything new been added to your crabitat recently? the babies


15. Is there any other information you would like to share that might be helpful (anything that is regularly part of your crab care, playtime, bathing, etc.)?
I take the large one out to wander around

16. Please describe the emergency situation in detail.
My larger pp billy started attacking one of my new babies (lefty and j.r) he tore off the back leg on j.r.'s left side. I separated billy from the babies. I'm just worried that he will do it again. What should I do?
Curly - If you didn't already, you can give them all a quick dip in the fresh water so they smell the same. You will need to keep a close eye on them when you reintroduce them again. You may need to keep them separated for a while, especially if the injured one is weak.
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Re: Hurt baby pp

Post by Billy'smom » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:26 pm

The injured one is extreamly active for having just lost a limb

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Re: Hurt baby pp

Post by jonathon1989 » Sun Aug 16, 2020 12:32 pm

I would take Curly' Sister's advice and separate them. Do you have a spare tank you can use an ISO tank?

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