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SURVEY! SHELLS

Post by ciaraalston » Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:36 pm

Quick survey! Which do you prefer... shells on the surface or in a shop? I've always had both, but shells on the surface bug me because they're half buried and I'm certain that theres some completely buried that are lost forever
What's yalls experience on this!??




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Re: SURVEY! SHELLS

Post by Overmountain1 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:16 pm

I do a little of both; I have the shop where 95% of the shells stay (well.... mostly lol) but I do leave one each of the various sizes of my crabs on the ground, in case of an attack or anything- I’m paranoid.


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Post by Maddamay32 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:05 pm

Nice to see you back! wondering where you had gone :) Personally I leave them all on the surface. I actually keep a note in my phone where I count and document my shells monthly to make sure the crabs don't bury them to the bottom of the tank
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Post by Motörcrab » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:42 pm

I started making second levels out of egg crate for shells and some foods. My guys in Crabbyland seem to enjoy the elevated shell shop. They are are smaller purples with openings 1" or smaller. In the 75 on the other hand don't seem to use the second level as much. They are all resurfacing from molts so that may be a factor.

Last night I cleaned all the shells with saltwater for both tanks. I believe 2 out of 4 that are up in Crabbyland changed pants. I don't think anyone in the 75 took notice to the cleaned shells.

As for my preference. I like them on the second level. It makes it easier to pull the shells out to clean.
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Post by wodesorel » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:11 pm

Shop. The shine can get removed quickly when on substrate or moss, and I like mine to look as new as possible for as long as possible.
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Post by Meg'sAussieCrabitat » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:05 am

I have 1/2 a ceramic flower pot that sits on the substrate, and I use that as a bit of a shell shop. I tried elevated, but it wasn't popular. The ceramic pot is the current favourite sleeping spot right now, so that's a bit of a bonus! :) I suppose they like the heat it'd hold!

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Post by ciaraalston » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:10 am

Thanks y'all!! I did a little of both since I have so many shells. The shell shop is elevated a bit and I added the smaller shells there and on the surface I tossed the larger shells. Within 5 minutes all 3 of my big crabs were shell shopping!

I didnt do much to the tank, just moved q few items around and changed their water bowls. We used aquarium mats around the inside of the bowls instead of craft mesh. It looks cool but of course once it gets dirty I'll have to clean it and see if I want to keep it. Lol.

I was cleaning the area where the shells were and I realized that my guys were up there way more than I realized because... POOP! ImageImage

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Post by Overmountain1 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:01 pm

Awesome! I think it looks great! I LOVE that big wood piece on the right side- the log basically- it is so perfect! Everything else looks great too- can’t wait to get mine set up finally!


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Post by Crabby7Crabber » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:11 pm

Motörcrab wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:42 pm
I started making second levels out of egg crate for shells and some foods. My guys in Crabbyland seem to enjoy the elevated shell shop. They are are smaller purples with openings 1" or smaller. In the 75 on the other hand don't seem to use the second level as much. They are all resurfacing from molts so that may be a factor.

Last night I cleaned all the shells with saltwater for both tanks. I believe 2 out of 4 that are up in Crabbyland changed pants. I don't think anyone in the 75 took notice to the cleaned shells.

As for my preference. I like them on the second level. It makes it easier to pull the shells out to clean.
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Re: SURVEY! SHELLS

Post by DevilNDisguise » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:39 am

I prefer the look of shells naturally scattered along the surface. I just like the look better. But unfortunately, I don't care for the shells getting lost underneath the substrate, so in the end, I typically prefer using a "shop".
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Post by scuttlecrusty22 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:52 pm

Aww such cute little crabbies! Awesome crabitat btw! :banana:
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Post by RiNiKy506 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:45 pm

I have a little of both also, I like them up bc they stay a little cleaner longer but with so many different sized crabs in such a big tank, it’s like the tank is full of shells! Lol! Then of course sand and they get buried. I thought about putting them in my pools, I wonder if anyone else has done that. They’d stay clean! Haha!
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Post by Links » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:12 am

When I left them in the tank 24/7 I had a “shop” now that I’m doing the shell experiment I just scatter them across the sub since they’re only in there for about 2 days a week.


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Post by ciaraalston » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:02 pm

RiNiKy506 wrote:I have a little of both also, I like them up bc they stay a little cleaner longer but with so many different sized crabs in such a big tank, it’s like the tank is full of shells! Lol! Then of course sand and they get buried. I thought about putting them in my pools, I wonder if anyone else has done that. They’d stay clean! Haha!
Your tank looks great! I love your water bowls with the plants! How is Sebastian doing!? I will never forget him because he was one the first hermit crabs that I read about with his time in isolation. I can’t remember exactly what happened but I always remember him. <3 How are all your new Es doing? You had some gorgeous colored Es! We missed you! Image
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Re: SURVEY! SHELLS

Post by ciaraalston » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:03 pm

I have the smaller shells in the shop and bigger shells on the sub. It bothers me to have them so dirty and constantly digging them up but the crabs seem more interested in them now!
Also, I've tried shells in the pools and some crabs love it! I just dont have big enough pools yet

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