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Collapsing Sand...

Discussion in 'Molting.' started by DaisyCrab, Dec 10, 2007.

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  1. DaisyCrab

    DaisyCrab (Small Crab)

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    I'm becoming very worried. What happens if a crab is burried and the sand starts to dry out and collapses on them.
    Here's my problem:
    I usually have to wet my sand once a week with salt water to keep it from drying out. I wet it and mix it around until it's just moist, the way it should be.
    Well, I have 5 crabs that are burried and I assume they're molting. So I can't do my regular routine. Now the sand under the top layer is really drying out in some spots, and me not knowing exactly where they're burried, I don't know if it has or will collapse on them.
    What will happen??? What should I do???
     
  2. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    I would just spray alot in the one area and place some wet moss over the top to keep it moist.
     
  3. DaisyCrab

    DaisyCrab (Small Crab)

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    Ok, thats basically what I've been doing. I was just worried that they could suffocate if they were in mid-molt and couldn't get back up to the top.
    You'll have to excuse my paranoia, lol.
     
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    I never have to do that--I wonder if your humidity is too low? The crabs always make it too wet--around the water section--and once in awhile I have to spray the sand down but you need to do this once a week--wondering do you have a bubbler that may help because as you said you can mess up a cave
     
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    DaisyCrab (Small Crab)

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    Usually the humidity in my tanks gets too high, the sand is drying from the bottom up. The top 2 inches is perfect, then it's like dry beach sand under that if I don't keep up with it. My under tank heater is drying it out.
     
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    alli'smommy "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    I put my UTH on the side. The sand in front of it gets real dry, but the rest of it is fine. Maybe you could move the heater??
     
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    It's one of those stick on heaters, it's a one time deal.
     
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    Oh that explains it- what you can do is get a reptile combo hood- and the UTH's can be re-stuck 1-2 times.........I have done it :)
     
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