New owner with 4 new babies

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Jen.miller
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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by Jen.miller » Tue May 05, 2020 9:18 pm

We got ours at Home Depot for less than $5 per 50 pound bag when we upgraded to our 40 gal. It took 1 1/3 bags of sand and 5 blocks of eco earth to get the substrate deep enough. 2/3 of the tank is a 4:1 mix, and the other 3rd is straight eco earth.


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by 22pony22 » Tue May 12, 2020 10:37 am

The sand I am using is Zoo Med Repti Sand Desert White. It's a natural sand with pure and fine quarts and the company says it is better then silica sand. I contacted Zoo Med to ask them if this sand was safe for use with Hermit Crabs--they told me that the used it at the HQ for their crab. I have three bags of it in my tank with a 5 pound bag of the hermit crab sand that came with my tank. I mixed the sands together then added the eco earth. The sand is mainly sold in 10 pound bags thought I have seen it very rarely sold in 20 pound bags. Its a good sand--I'm liking it and both my crabs have successfully molted for the first time in it recently.
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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by Hermielover121 » Tue May 12, 2020 10:46 am

Sounds good
What type of sand was the one that came with the tank. Usually the sand advertise for hermit crabs are not good for them.


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by 22pony22 » Tue May 12, 2020 11:22 am

Hermielover121 wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:46 am
Sounds good
What type of sand was the one that came with the tank. Usually the sand advertise for hermit crabs are not good for them.


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Calcium--I mixed it with the repti sand I have and made sure they were evenly mixed-and then added eco earth and mixed it with that. Both my crabs were able to successfully molt in the substrate.
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Current pets: Happy, Crabcake, Blue and Becca.
RIP: Peaches, Fred, Fishy, Goldie, Buddy, Hero, Nemo, Star, Aqua, Indy, King T. Hermy, Frogi, Grog, Yggorf, #4, Dude, Shelli and Bashful.

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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by Hermielover121 » Tue May 12, 2020 7:15 pm

Well usually calcium sand is bad but I think it will be ok just don’t buy it next time!


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by Crabadoo2 » Wed May 13, 2020 2:05 am

Yeah, if the crabs have successfully moulted than its completely fine but next change dont use calci sand. It more expensive and bad.


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by VetTech2022 » Wed May 13, 2020 11:13 am

Calcium sand hardens when it gets wet so if it comes in contact with your hermies’ modified gills it can clog them causing them to suffocate. Originally I was encouraged to use calcium sand as well because they can eat it as a supplement and helping their exoskeleton form properly. I was upset to learn that I could have killed all of my new friends...Now I using a natural fine quartz sand mixed with eco earth and water. I also had trouble finding just plain old fashioned sand...


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by 22pony22 » Sun May 17, 2020 2:51 pm

https://www.petsmart.ca/reptile/substra ... gid=500120
^^^^
This is the sand that I use. I have a TON of Eco earth in the tank with it as well.

I am correcting their diet AND what I have been using in my water dishes. Going to try and return two un-opened bottles of pellets on Tuesday.
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RIP: Peaches, Fred, Fishy, Goldie, Buddy, Hero, Nemo, Star, Aqua, Indy, King T. Hermy, Frogi, Grog, Yggorf, #4, Dude, Shelli and Bashful.

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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by JoeHermits » Sun May 17, 2020 11:20 pm

22pony22 wrote:https://www.petsmart.ca/reptile/substra ... gid=500120
^^^^
This is the sand that I use. I have a TON of Eco earth in the tank with it as well.

I am correcting their diet AND what I have been using in my water dishes. Going to try and return two un-opened bottles of pellets on Tuesday.
This is quartz. I will admit I didn’t know Zoo Med made a substrate like this since most of the repti-sands I’ve seen have been either calcium carbonate or crushed walnut shells.

It’s basically really expensive playsand.


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Post by GotButterflies » Sun May 17, 2020 11:41 pm

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Sun May 03, 2020 5:14 pm
I have recently adopted 4 new little ones i have sam, dean, cas and Lucifer i love them dearly they all love climbing and are in a 30 gallon tank with coconut fibers and mulch mixed and natural calcium sand and soil mixed with regular water and salt water and food with a calcium dish as well for nourishment.
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