Any Helpful Advice?

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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by bbcraft22 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:54 am

Sorry Zoo Med, but do not trust their starter kits from Zoo Med. Their stuff aren't that reliable.
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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by HermiesIsMine » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:20 am

Just a thought... You might want to add atleast another 2 or 3 inches of substrate looks like you have 3-4 inches currently. You want it deep enough fit your largest crab to bury it's self 3 times over. You can add the substrate carefully about 1 inch at a time so not to collape there tunnels. Also I would suggest getting a digital gauge there more accurate and i know a good brand that many crabbers use is "Acurite" which I bought at home depot for $10. It digitally reads temp and humidity and is quite accurate

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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by GotButterflies » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:13 am

Sounds like a Montissori classroom with all of the animals! ;) Kudos for teaching children to love and respect creatures of all kind!

As far as the molting, I personally have not had this issue because my sub is deep, but some people do state that they can smell a "dead" like smell when their crabs molt. I know you also read the care guides, so I wanted to make sure you knew of their exoskeleton shedding.

Once when I was a teenager (MANY MANY moons ago), I had a VERY large HC named Gourman. We went to NYC to visit family for 2 weeks, so I left him with a friend of mine to watch. Back then I did not know everything I know now. Anyways, long story short, when I came home, she told me he had died, and that she buried him. I freaked, and said what did you bury? She said just his body. I immediately had my mom drive me to her house, and luckily to all of our surprise, he had molted and was in his shell ;) he was still soft! He lived for a few years after that.

Anyways, best of luck! You will do great! With a tank that beautiful I would take it home! Lol ;)
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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by Talk2tjj » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:06 am

bbcraft22 wrote:Sorry Zoo Med, but do not trust their starter kits from Zoo Med. Their stuff aren't that reliable.
I'm starting to realize that.

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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by Talk2tjj » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:08 am

HermiesIsMine wrote:Just a thought... You might want to add atleast another 2 or 3 inches of substrate looks like you have 3-4 inches currently. You want it deep enough fit your largest crab to bury it's self 3 times over. You can add the substrate carefully about 1 inch at a time so not to collape there tunnels. Also I would suggest getting a digital gauge there more accurate and i know a good brand that many crabbers use is "Acurite" which I bought at home depot for $10. It digitally reads temp and humidity and is quite accurate

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Thanks. I'll pick it up tomorrow. The substrate is 5 to 5 1/2 inches thick. I'll add some more slowly.

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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by Talk2tjj » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:11 am

GotButterflies wrote:Sounds like a Montissori classroom with all of the animals! ;) Kudos for teaching children to love and respect creatures of all kind!

As far as the molting, I personally have not had this issue because my sub is deep, but some people do state that they can smell a "dead" like smell when their crabs molt. I know you also read the care guides, so I wanted to make sure you knew of their exoskeleton shedding.

Once when I was a teenager (MANY MANY moons ago), I had a VERY large HC named Gourman. We went to NYC to visit family for 2 weeks, so I left him with a friend of mine to watch. Back then I did not know everything I know now. Anyways, long story short, when I came home, she told me he had died, and that she buried him. I freaked, and said what did you bury? She said just his body. I immediately had my mom drive me to her house, and luckily to all of our surprise, he had molted and was in his shell ;) he was still soft! He lived for a few years after that.

Anyways, best of luck! You will do great! With a tank that beautiful I would take it home! Lol ;)
Oh my gosh! I'm glad he was okay and not buried when got there!

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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by soilentgringa » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:48 am

You can add about half an inch of sub a day, carefully.

The molting smell has been described as a chemical odor, like iodine.

Dead fishy smell is the death smell.

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Re: Any Helpful Advice?

Post by Talk2tjj » Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:21 am

Okay. I don't think I have the fishy smell because my team teachers would say something but I don't smell iodine either. Will they just bury themselves? One was active today. Looks smaller than the active one yesterday but maybe he changed shells again... he took off running with a slice of freeze dried banana. Lol! I guess that's a keeper!
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This is the HC I saw today
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This is the one from yesterday

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