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Crab is hanging out of shell

Discussion in 'Emergency Care - 911.' started by manolo578, Oct 16, 2009.

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  1. manolo578

    manolo578 (Micro Crab)

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    How long have you had the crab(s) in question? About 3 days

    Do you know what species they are? PP

    Did you/Do you isolate new crabs? No, dont have an ISO yet

    Tank Size: 10 gallon

    Lid Type: Aquarium hood with duct tape at back for less humidity loss

    Placement of tank in your home: In bedroom

    Substrate Used (moist or dry & depth): Moist sand, about 3-4 inches

    Type of Gauges: Strip/Analog/Digital: Analog

    Did you test your humidity gauge for accuracy? Yes, calibrated hydrometer

    Placement of Gauges: About 1-2 inches off sand

    Temperature and Humidity levels in your tank: Degrees 80% humidty
    75% temp

    Heating Source (if UTH how much of the tank does it cover and how much substrate is over it): lighting

    Lighting Source (type bulbs & wattage): day and night glo 25 watts each

    Do you have at least one area for each crab to hide? yes

    Is there any metal in your tank? no

    What types of climbing things/toys do you have in your tank? a fake vine

    What type of water do you use (dechlorinated tap/spring water)? treated tap water

    If you use dechlorinating drops-which kind? hermit crab brand

    Do your provide fresh and salt water? If yes, what type of salt mix do you use? dont have the right salt water

    Do you provide dishes for water or just sponges? no sponges, just water

    How many extra shells do you have for each crab? about 4-5 per

    Did you boil the shells prior to putting them in the tank? yes

    Do you bathe your crabs? If yes, how often and what do you use to bathe them in? no bathing

    Do you only handle your crabs with clean hands? not yet. they still destressing

    How often do you handle them? rarely. only to move them

    Have they been exposed to toxins such as chemical/cleaning fumes, perfume, spray deodorant, etc? no

    Do you allow your crabs to exercise outside the tank? no

    What types of foods do you feed? commercial for now, offered broccoli and eggshell, no takers

    What do you use as a calcium supplement? eggshell?
     
  2. manolo578

    manolo578 (Micro Crab)

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    I suspect he is molting because I can see some of his new body where his abdomen is. I see his exo skeleton slipping off.
     
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    strawberryskittle (Small Crab)

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    It sounds like you're pretty certain he's molting, if you have other crabs, I suggest (like I did int he PM) to see if you can try and divide him off, or move the others while he's doing this surface molt.

    Try to get proper salt solution asap, I use Instant Ocean, others use Oceanic, and I think you can also order some from hermitcrabaddictionstore.com too.

    Even if it seems like they don't eat the fresh food, feed it to them anyway(chances are they WILL, just aren't hungry every night or are just plain shy). I've noticed mine absolutely go crazy for shrimp. Once your crabby looks a bit more active, try a variety and see what they like. Commercial food tends to have a lot of harmful additives, and though it won't kill them instantly, it can shorten their life significantly.

    gl!
     
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    manolo578 (Micro Crab)

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    I have no money for salt stuff. I will ask to get some today.
     
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