Hermit Crab Killing Fields

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Hermit Crab Killing Fields

Post by VickieG » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:37 pm

How do I keep my crabs from killing their plants? In the last 6 months they've eaten an entire fern, a sorrel plant (the only one they were supposed to eat!) and a dracaena. They killed a beautiful bromelied by first snapping off the upper 2/3rds and finally by digging the rest out of the planter. They also dug out 2 other succulents and my most recent casualty is an arrowhead plant. They dug out over half the soil and the roots appear to have been clipped off. I think I can replant it, but they're just going to dig it out again. The only plants left are 2 crotons. Either they don't care for the taste of those or they're just biding their time. Lulling me into a false sense of security before killing them.

They seem to like hiding in amongst the leaves and poking through the soil for whatever. Sometimes I put moss on top of the soil for them. I'm fine with the occasional casualty, but my issue becomes what do I replace these plants with? Should I give in and go with another yummy fern or should I try to find a way to limit their access to the soil? The same thing happens when I plant seeds. As soon as they sprout, if they last long enough to do so, they're dead.

I really don't want to use artificial plants. I'd rather just replace the plants, albeit reluctantly, and muttering under my breath.


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Re: Hermit Crab Killing Fields

Post by Cococrabgirl! » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:19 pm

Sorry I don't have advice. But I am curious what succulents are safe for crabbies. My succulents keep multiplying and if they are safe for my crabbies that would be great because I have an infinite supply.

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Re: Hermit Crab Killing Fields

Post by aussieJJDude » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:25 pm

How is it set up in the tank. I've had great success in keeping the plants up high (away from the crabs usual activities) and others have had great success in covering the pot with large pebbles, rocks or plastic mesh (even eggcrate) to stop the crabs from digging into the planter.

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Re: Hermit Crab Killing Fields

Post by curlysister » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:58 pm

Aussie made a really great guide to plants!

http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/ph ... 9&t=120839
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