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Crabitat Sand

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  1. Hermies_Rule

    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    Hi, I heard you need to wet your sand... all sand types? and with what? Im fixing up the crabitat now so answers are needed ASAP!!!

    How long have you had the crab(s) in question?
    A week and two days
    Do you know what species they are?
    Purple Pincher
    Did you/Do you isolate new crabs?
    I only have one crab right now...
    Tank Size:
    smaller than 10 gall; critter carrier
    Lid Type:
    holes in it; critter carrier
    Placement of tank in your home:
    corner of house
    Substrate Used (moist or dry & depth):
    dry; depth of him.
    Type of Gauges: Strip/Analog/Digital
    Not sure what its called; has needle pointing to humidity like a compass
    Did you test your humidity gauge for accuracy?
    atleast twice a day
    Placement of Gauges:
    center back of cage
    Temperature and Humidity levels in your tank: Degrees %
    not sure of temperature; something close to room hermie is in shows temperature of house, though

    Heating Source (if UTH how much of the tank does it cover and how much substrate is over it):
    Nothing; i use a warm moist towel to boost humidity in the cage
    Lighting Source (type bulbs & wattage):
    nothing but natural light in a window close by
    Do you have at least one area for each crab to hide?
    Yes

    Is there any metal in your tank?
    Not anymore!

    What types of climbing things/toys do you have in your tank?
    Plastic tree ( short); temporary toy is empty toilet roll with holes; will get choya log soon.

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

    If you use dechlorinating drops-which kind?
    wardley watercare chlor out
    Do your provide fresh and salt water? If yes, what type of salt mix do you use?
    No, just fresh

    Do you provide dishes for water or just sponges?
    i use a seashell from the beach; i have a sponge but not for the water dish; just humidity, i guess.. he likes to climb on it too!
    How many extra shells do you have for each crab?
    two
    Did you boil the shells prior to putting them in the tank?
    no....

    Do you bathe your crabs? If yes, how often and what do you use to bathe them in?
    Once a week but he is so new i am not going to bathe him right now.. i used chlor-out and water

    Do you only handle your crabs with clean hands?
    im not sure
    How often do you handle them?
    Only a few times when im cleaning the cage out, bathing them, or putting them in a plastic hamster ball to exercise

    Have they been exposed to toxins such as chemical/cleaning fumes, perfume, spray deodorant, etc?
    nope

    Do you allow your crabs to exercise outside the tank?
    since he is new, i dont anymore but a few days ago i put him in a plastic hamster ball. The dogs go crazy!

    What types of foods do you feed?
    one or two oats and hikara tropical crab cuisine ( pellets that i crush up)

    What do you use as a calcium supplement?
    supposedly sand "provides a source of calcium"

    Please help! How do i wet, if i do need to wet, the sand?
     
  2. Hermies_Rule

    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    oh yeah, and i use a warm moist towel to keep the humidity atleast 70(RH) or around 70... without towel its like 40 or 50 relative humidity!
     
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    happy_crabbies (Micro Crab)

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    I use 3/4 EE with about a 1/4 sand...they seem to like it that way. [​IMG]
     
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    crazeecrabber103 (Small Crab)

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    If you keep your sand moist,the humidity stays up.You should cover at least half of the lid with saran wrap (if you haven't already).It really helps keep the moisture in.All sand types except calci-sand should be kept wet.calci-sand gets clumpy and smelly when you wet it.It provides calcium though,so you should add it to their food.
    *If you still have problems with the humidity,you can try using eco-earth,or EE.It's comressed coconut fiber that comes in a nice big brick.Just let it soak in a warm pot or bowl of sea salt water for about 30 minutes,wring it out like a sponge and put it in the tank.It can be found in the reptile section of your pet store.[​IMG]
     
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    crazeecrabber103 (Small Crab)

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    Oh yeah,and you need to wet it with sea salt water.It helps prevent mold.Your crab needs access to both salt and fresh water,so get some sea salt(not table salt!)asap.
     
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    gweebles "Preparing For First Molt"

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    I use playsand about 2-3 inches deep and one side of the tank has coconut fiber, soaked in salt water to moisten it. It gives the guys a choice of digging through the sand or the coconut. I buy the bricks of compressed fiber and just hack off a chunk when I change substrate.
     
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    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    i think my sand is calci-sand ( it says calcium carbonate substrate or something like that). Can i still use that if i dont wet it? I dont want to just throw the sand away ( considering the money it cost )
     
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    kuplakrabs "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Definitely don't throw out your calci-sand. Offer it in a small separate food dish. I keep a kidney shaped dish of vita-sand (same thing, just a different brand name) in the tank at all times. I replace it weekly or when the crabs get it too wet. They snack on it quite frequently. And a bag will last for a very long time.
     
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    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    i had two bags of sand, and i dont think she'll eat that, huh? i mean, its green. and it feels jsut liek regular sand, i dunno why the crab would eat that.
     
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    moire_eel "Second Molt, A Success"

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    I have purple calci-sand that I put in the dish, and my crabs will eat it. [​IMG] Crabs find different stuff tasty than we do!
     
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    yeah, its just.. eating sand? Maybe ill just keep it as substrate for now until i get a larger tank and a better substrate ( an actual tank actually lol) hey, its sorta like walking around the block in jell-o instead of eating it out a bowl! lol ( hey, thatd be awesome! xD)
    ~ [​IMG] ( Hermies_Rule)
     
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    kuplakrabs "Second Molt, A Success"

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    LOL...yes, eating sand. They do. Many of them eat the cork bark, driftwood, and the coconut fiber bedding in the tank as well.
     
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    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    xD ok, thanks
     
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    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    they're like goats except they're not xD lol!
     
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    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    one more question... those bags of play sand. how do you make sure they are completely clean and bug-free to put into the crabitat? And how do you keep them from being the homes of mites or eggs,ets.?
     
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    moire_eel "Second Molt, A Success"

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    If the bag is completely sealed and the sand in the bag is dry, I assume that it's okay. Some people do bake theirs to be extra-sure though. Because sand is mineral rather than animal based, it's unlikely to have bugs, and the playsand in particular is supposed to be kid-friendly, so it should be clean -- I believe that all playsand is washed before packaging, though I could be wrong about that.
     
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    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    I tihnk it is washed, yeah.. i must heard something about bugs getting in the bags...Anyway, thanks moire_eel!
    oh, i forgot! I heard wetting the sand (play sand or something; Wetting sand (( besides calci-sand)) being what you're supposedly supposed to do so the hermies can dig) will attract bacteria and bugs to the crabitat. Is that true? How can i prevent this if it is?
     
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    Hermies_Rule "Never Molted"

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    Please reply to this... I would like to know if you should wet play sand or not
     
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    happy_crabbies (Micro Crab)

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    I wet mine with the salt water. The saltwater helps reduce the growth of mold. [​IMG]
    But don't worry too much- they will wet it themselves if it isn't wet enough....
     
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