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Discussion in 'HCRU Crabitat's - Biography's Of Our Crabitats' started by deedeeiam, Aug 24, 2009.

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  1. deedeeiam

    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    So, I'm quite literally doing a dry run with my new tank. There's no moss or EE, and all the sand isn't in there. There's some vines and hide-spots that I haven't bothered with because it's still in my current tank. I did decide to use a water feature because i like how they sound.

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    No bowls or anything yet, but it's a work-in-progress since I can't move critters until they come up from molting.
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    So wait...where are your molters? In another tank? Is this the new tank you just got?
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    This is my new tank. My 20 gallon is still setup, I haven't moved anyone yet. Just playing interior designer on my tank.
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    Kinda hard too see......
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    What kind of substrates are you using?
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    Yes, yes..must find a better camera.

    I'll be using mostly, moist sand. I have to get another bag of sand, because as you can see, 50 lbs just doesn't go as far sometimes.

    The left side of the tank (which is not in the pictures) will be EE. I'll have some moss pits scattered about.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    It looks cool so far! Just hard to see! Great job! :D
     
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    HatterasCrabs "Never Molted"

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    What kind of moss do you use and do you put it in a container to make a pit?
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    I put my moss around the base of the plants or in the hideouts. My critters love the stuff. I use the Florals Natural moss from walmart. I saw someone else on this site used it and gave it a shot...BIG hit with my little friends.
     
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    HatterasCrabs "Never Molted"

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    I bought the long fibered sphagnum moss. The package says "Organic, long fibered natural moss valuable for many gardening purposes". Is that ok?
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    As long as it's not the peat variety, Sphagnum is safe. If you do a search for "safe moss" on this site, you'll see two pretty helpful threads on the topic.
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    Well now that i look at it again, the bottom pic. does look intresting!
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    After 41 days, Lexi decided to come up from molting. This disturbed Harpo - so up he came as well I guess. Anyways, all crabs accounted for, so we moved things this weekend.

    And look! The picture quality isn't *that* bad. >.>

    Bubba is top crab. He recently moved into a shell that is as big as a tennis ball, so I guess he counts as "jumbo" instead of "large" now.
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    And another one of Bubba.

    Silvester likes to climb the vine thing.
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    Silvester also loves the new waterfall.

    This is my sweet baby Harpo, checking out the new digs. I hoped that when he molted he'd have some color...nope.


    Left side of tank. This side of the tank is a bit more shallow, holding about 6 inchs of sand/EE mix.
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    Right side of tank. This has almost a foot of sand/EE mix with an inch of EE chilling on the top.
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    The waterfall was a great investment IMO. The crabs love that thing - in it, on it, around it.

    Suggestions welcome. I know the water and food dishes are somewhat hard to see at times, but if you look, they're there!
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    ................IM speechless!!!!!!!!!!!! that is so COOL!!!! *turn around in her seat* Now where did i put that water pump...............
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Some crabs never end up being bright crabs despite you feeding them everything the way it ought to be. It's kind of like how I'll never be tan...
     
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    jissxc (Micro Crab)

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    NICE luv it keep up the gd work
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Yes that kind is fine. Spanish and pet moss are not.
    That tank is quite nice but I would DEFINITELY get the sand wet first. I kept it dry and then added my decorations and had to take them out all over again to mix it up and get it moist. It looks great, though!:D
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    I didn't mind taking the stuff out again before I got the sand wet. :)
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Yeah I was just like carefully trying to wet it around my decorations... Does not work.;):p I ended up tearing apart the whole set up and lost some little decorations in the sand.:rolleyes: Maybe next deep clean I'll dig up a no crabbing sign or something,lol.:rolleyes:
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    I know one crabber who has been crabbing for 10 years who uses dry sand and has only had 2 unsuccessful molts ever (out of the 500+ molts she's had so far). Her crabs all surface molt, and while she's had a few surprise molts end up with her not getting the crabs out before they're beat up on while soft, she's only lost 2 to molts, and that was back when they were in damp sand. Go figure...
     
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