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Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by rugh1982, Oct 2, 2009.

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  1. rugh1982

    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    hi,
    new to the hobby.
    bought 3 crabs yesterday (1 i bought a week ago).
    i noticed that they are not moving in the tank. they just sit there, half out of the shell.
    last night around 9-10pm they started moving alot, running around and eating. is that normal?

    here are some pics, if u have some tips i`d be happy to hear them
    roee
    http://picasaweb.google.com/rugh1982/HermitCrabs#
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    Crabs are nocturnal, so they like to come out at night.

    Also they will need to distress and get comfortable with their new home. That takes a while.
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    It is important to have as little contact as possible with new crabs for about a month. They need to de-stress from the change in environments. Especially if they were kept in poor conditions wherever you bought them from.
    During the De-stress you may notice them only coming out to eat at night. You may also notice they bury themselves for a couple days at a time, this is them regulating their stress levels. Don't touch them and if they bury themselves dont dig them up. I am going through the same thing with my crabs right now, got them all less than a month ago but they are slowly coming around. They WILL walk around during the day when they feel more comfortable but they are always more active at night because like dee said they are noctournal
    Make sure you read the sticky http://www.hermitcrabsrus.com/forum...t-care/3913-i-just-bought-new-crabs-what.html
     
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    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    thanks guys :)
     
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    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    one of them (named GERSHON) has just started buring himself (he buried himself WITH the shell, do they do that also when molting?) so it`s a good thing u told me about it so i wont dig him out :)
    thanks
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Hermit crabs bury themselves if:

    A:They are stressed
    B:They are just having fun
    C:They are molting
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Yes, Hermit crabs dont go anywhere without their shells unless there is something wrong with them.
    So he should be burring himself with the shell.
    Like alex said they bury when de-stressing, just leave him be he could be down there a few days or a few weeks but it is IMPERATIVE you just don't touch them right now, just offer fresh water and food every day, salt water is very important as well.
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Yes, don't disturb him. And try not to peek at him. He will come back up when he is ready. That may be in a day or possibly a few weeks.
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    I looked at your pics just a few things...how many do you have? That tank is pretty small, does it have a lid? Humidity is VERY important to the crabs, it should be about 75% you need a gauge so you can keep it consistent.
    They need fresh water (NOT TAP WATER) but purified or bottled water make sure it does not contain chlorine.
    They also need good salt water, Aquarium quality salt water do not use sea salt that you use for cooking or table salt it will kill them. Look in your pet store of Instant ocean or Natural Oceanic sea salt.
    The water needs to be deep enough for them to submerge past their eyes and needs to have something in there so they can climb out safely.
    They also like to hide so a coco hut or something like that would be helpful. Beware of the hidey logs that you get in the pet store, they are usually pine or cedar and will kill your crabs.
    Your off to an awesome start though! I was in the same boat as you got these cute little crabs in this little plastic tank with gravel substrate and thought we were good to go, by was I WRONG! lol
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Yup, same here, but after joining HCRU, and looking through the forums, I finally found out how to house my hermies properly. . .
     
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    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    cloie74:
    1. i have 4 little guys
    2. i now know the tank is small, and i`m trying to find a way to get a bigger one. the prob is that i live in a 1 bedroom apt with my gf, 2 cats and a 30 gallon aquarium. believe me, if i can get a bigger tank, i will :)
    3. i`ll get a gauge next week
    4. they have a coconut shell pool with declor` mineral water and aqua grade sea water. both are in submersion depth.
    5. in the next days i`ll get a hideaway. i made a really nice one from a coconut shell but it`s too big...
    6. keep in mind that there aren`t any hermit supplies in stores here. these guys are the first land hermits i`ve seen here, EVER... i cant even get a pooper scooper here :)
    i have good relations with the guys in the local fish store, so they let my put my hands in all the saltwater tanks and get all the shells i wanted, even gave me a fresh batch of sea water (from an aquarium salt mix)

    thanks so much for your reply :)
    roee
     
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    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    in number 3, they have separate pools of course :)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Of course!!! What do you feed your hermies???
     
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    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    whatever i eat. yesterday they got a salad (tomato, cucumbers, peppers, tuna, dates and nuts) today they got chicken meat, yellow melon and popcorn
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Sounds yummy. . .
     
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    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    yes, it was :)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Hahaha. . . Heeheehee. . . Do you like coconut crabs and strawberry hermies???
     
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    rugh1982 "First Molt In Progress"

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    i`m not a racist, i like all kinds :)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Oh. . . Same here!!!
     
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