my boyfriend managed to convince me to go to the flea-market and of course we stumble upon a booth dedicated to selling reptiles, hermit crabs and such. So what do we find 9 hermit crabs in total. 7 crabs stuck in about a 3 gallon sized tank filled with about an inch of water and 2 sponges used for fish tank filters. The other two were kept separately in little kritter boxes being sold for ten dollars each. With recently putting together a 65 gallon from a 20 gallon and only 8 hermit crabs (4 babies) I felt they needed to expand their family. I ended up taking all 9 home. I gave them all salt bath and let them roam. It has been only several hours since they came home and there has been tons of shell changes I have lost track of who is who. On the way home, we received a call back about 2 hermit crabs up for adoption and within a couple hours we had two more purple pincers to add to the family. I went from 8 crabs to 19. My family thinks I'm insane but they are all running around exploring and eating a storm. We are at 16+ shell changes for just today in the last say 5 hours. I had one of the guys try on the large green turbo before he went into a red smaller red turbo. So as delighted as I am, I'm hoping I didn't get too ahead of myself.