How long underwater?

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How long underwater?

Post by Kermie16 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:52 pm

Went to PetSmart to pick up some more Instant Ocean and turned out they just got a new shipment of crabs in so we tried to save some and add to our tank . We ended up with 3 total. This little guy was active in the store and maybe only 1 cm in size so we went ahead and got him with 2 other small mediums. Since we got him he has not moved. We just all of the crabs in the FW pool and he has stayed like this for a full 20+ mins. Advice? How long can some of the hermies stay in the pools?


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Post by piratetoothgir » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:55 pm

My E did this when I bought him, they are probably deprived of proper food and water source from shipment to the store. They can stay underwater properly for up to an hour, possibly even longer. I haven’t ever had a crab stay under that long.


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Post by Kermie16 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:52 pm

It’s been a little over an hour and the little guy has not even moved a leg. I have taken him out and put him in a separate container. He is completely flaccid


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Post by Kermie16 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:06 pm

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I took Larry out of the FW. Still no response and flaccid. I moved his legs and pinchers, I got nothing. But I feel like it’s too early to give up so I made a little iso with a spare Tupperware I had, put some sub in there, a shell of FW and a shell with organic raw honey. Any further advice is appreciated! Thank you!


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Post by hermiwormi » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:56 pm

Knowing the conditions the crabs were in before they got to your home, the poor thing probably is totally and utterly exhausted, hopefully. Continue to hope, wait, and see. Best of luck and great job helping those crabs

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Post by fandt94 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:59 pm

Oh no! Hope he pulls through!
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Post by ciaraalston » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:32 am

I wish you the best of luck!!! <3
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Post by Kermie16 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:33 am

Thanks guys! So far nothing has changed. He hasn’t moved or changed positions really since we took him out of the tank from Petsmart :(


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Post by GotButterflies » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:04 pm

Usually when they are really active in the store they are already in distress.

I hope that the little guy makes it. He looks so tiny. HUGS! I think you are doing everything you can do for him!
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Post by Kermie16 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:50 pm

GotButterflies wrote:Usually when they are really active in the store they are already in distress.

I hope that the little guy makes it. He looks so tiny. HUGS! I think you are doing everything you can do for him!
Thank you!


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