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Are these a hit?

Discussion in 'Foods, Treats & Home Recipes.' started by cococrispy132, Sep 1, 2009.

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  1. cococrispy132

    cococrispy132 "Never Molted"

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    I recently bought some crickets at the pet store. Are they loved by your crabs? I wanted to know if it was a waste of money or not. I gave them 2 but so far they've only ate watermelon and cucumbers i gave them today.
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Are the crickets alive or dead? I've fed mine dried crickets and they've eaten them, but honestly the bugs I offer are never as big of a hit as fresh shrimp. I do think it's important to give them a variety of bugs and seafoods for the varying nutritional value, though.
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    I feed mine freshly killed crickets that have gut-loaded on a blueberry/banana mix. The spider enjoys the live variety. ;)

    I'm not sure the crabs could catch a live one and I wouldn't risk them polluting my tank personally.
     
  4. cococrispy132

    cococrispy132 "Never Molted"

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    Well the crickets I know are a hit to at least 1 crab because he ate all four crickets! So no other crab got to taste any. Today I put in 5 so I'll see what happens. Cucumbers and watermelon are a big hit in my tank, they LOVE them!
     
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    cococrispy132 "Never Molted"

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    They are dead but they're not dried all the juices are inside. Do you cook the shrimp? Or do you leave it raw?
     
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    strawberryskittle (Small Crab)

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    Mine love watermelon too, but that stuff molds unbelievably quickly ( put it in the night before, got home from work and it was a lump of green! YIKES!)
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    Grape stems cause tug-a-wars in my tank. Venison marrow makes them go a little nuts as well.
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    You Cook the shrimp first
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Really? I serve it frozen.
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    If you don't at least steam the shrimp, your crabs could catch shell rot from them. Shrimp, crabs, and all other crustaceans can catch shell rot (a fungal infection that eats away at their exos until they catch bacterial infections and die) from each other, and that's why it's important to serve them only steamed or cooked (in some way) shrimp/crab/lobster/etc.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    I never knew that! Thanks for the info! :)
     
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    Winter "Never Molted"

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    Aww I could never feed my crabs crickets. For a while I had a bunch of pet crickets, because my snake was retarded and made friends with them instead of eating them. Then I just kept them all until they died a few weeks later.

    Also emma you're like the hermit crab guru. I never knew that about shrimp, so I'm glad I read that before tomorrow (I bought some for them this morning).
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Haha, not a guru - just done lots of research. I'm a moderator over at HCP, so I try to know as much as I can about crabs so I can answer (hopefully) every question.
     
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    Donny (TMNT) (Large Crab)

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    I feed my crabs freaze-dried worms, but they're never gone the next day, and I don't see any signs of bites on 'em.
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Crabs eat very slowly, though. . .
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    What kind of worms are they?
    They may not like them.
    Crabs really don't eat that slow, my crabs pretty much clean the shell by morning every night and there is often new things that I try that they wont touch, like mine do not like green peppers but if I chop an olive they all steal a piece and RUN! They love it.
    If your feeding them things they like you will know it!
     
  17. NewCrab

    NewCrab Hi, I'm New Here!

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    My crab is a piggie! He eats fast. I just got him yesterday and he has alreay eaten shredded lettuce and carrots, peanut butter, spirulina flakes, and now he is having some crackers and pb. It's like he was starved! I am preparing some shrimp for him today too.
     
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    crabalicious "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Mine don't like bell peppers either. But they went nuts over tonight's dinner of shrimp and yellow squash. Things got a little tense and shovey at the food bowl.

    Mine don't seem very responsive over cucumbers. That really surprises me.
     
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