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New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 5:14 pm
by supernatural Momma
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.

Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 5:16 pm
by Xenocrab
Calcium sand is bad. Just get plain play sand. Are you using dechlorinated waters? Have you read the care guides on this forum?

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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 8:13 pm
by Hermielover121
I was wondering this but didn’t know when to bring it up. I have some calcium sand in my ten gallon mixed with a bunch of eco earth it is about a 1 1/2 to 4 ratio. I am upgrading them two a 20 gallon and I am planning to use some of that substrate from the 10 gallon since I just changed it a month ago. Do you think it is okay? Also congratulations on your crabs


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 8:17 pm
by avocadocrabbies
Hermielover121 wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 8:13 pm
I was wondering this but didn’t know when to bring it up. I have some calcium sand in my ten gallon mixed with a bunch of eco earth it is about a 1 1/2 to 4 ratio. I am upgrading them two a 20 gallon and I am planning to use some of that substrate from the 10 gallon since I just changed it a month ago. Do you think it is okay? Also congratulations on your crabs ImageImage


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I'd start fresh. The calcium sand really isn't good for them, and play sand is super cheap so you won't be losing much money by not reusing the sub.

Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 8:20 pm
by Hermielover121
Ok thank you


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 8:30 pm
by Crabby7Crabber
$5 for 50 pounds of playsand is definitely way cheaper, Like Xenocrab said, then commercial "hermit crab" sand!
Edit: you can find the $5 bags at your local hardware store, to clarify)

Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 9:25 pm
by Hermielover121
Well my mom says she will not by a big bag of sand only small! Anyone know we’re to find a small bag? Also this is all I could find that is kinda small is it safe?

https://www.amazon.ca/Flukers-Natural-P ... B00NG61JS2


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 9:28 pm
by Hermielover121
If I can’t is it ok if I just use eco earth


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 10:40 pm
by curlysister
Hermielover - that link you posted is safe. That is one of the few products marketed for hermit crabs that is actually safe for them.
However, you will need multiple bags to get your sub deep enough. Multiple bags of the Hermit Beach will cost much more than a big bag of playsand and a block of eco earth.

Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 10:43 pm
by Hermielover121
Well I thought of just doing a 1 ( sand) to 4 ( eco earth) ratio since I have a lot of eco earth


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 10:53 pm
by Hermielover121
Well do you think I even have to get sand? I have seen some people just use eco earth and there hermit crabs have been around for a while! Can you tell me what you think the down sides of no sand is since I have a very big bag of eco earth.


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 9:44 am
by curlysister
You are correct that there are people who use all EE. The down side to it is that it can be harder to maintain. It is more difficult to keep the proper moisture without flooding, and it is more prone to bacterial growth. The sand and EE mixture is easier basically. So you can for sure try the all EE, and see how it goes, and change in future if needed. You will still need at least 6 inches or three times as deep as your largest crab, whichever is deeper.

Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 10:46 am
by Hermielover121
Thank you


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Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 2:10 pm
by asiankanye
darn, i'm only using ee because the play sand i found cost like 4.40 for a huge bag but the shipping was $45. 45 freaking dollars.

Re: New owner with 4 new babies

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 4:35 pm
by curlysister
Yeah, you pretty much have to buy the big bag of play sand in person or curb side pick up.