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Deep clean of tank and new crab pics

Discussion in 'Say Cheese' started by CrabbyChris22, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. CrabbyChris22

    CrabbyChris22 Hi, I'm New Here!

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    So I decided to attempt my first deep clean on Saturday.  This was a lot of fun (sarcasm) because I caught a cold from one of the kids and wasn't feeling the greatest.  Actually it wasn't all that bad though because with me and Steph both working on it, it went pretty fast; just a little over an hour I guess.  At least we didn't end up digging up any molters; I was really worried about that.  The hardest part really was figuring out exactly where I wanted to put stuff and what I wanted to put in.  I didn't put in the half log this time, Steph wants it to dry out really good so I just put in a larger hut and a small cocohut but they have a big plant in the back to hide in and under and LOTS of digging room.  The crabs had so much fun Saturday afternoon and evening I just couldn't believe it.  I have never seen so much activity going on in my tank in the nearly 4 months I've had it.  It even spurred a shell changing frenzy too.  They kept waking me up all night from the clanking on the glass they were all doing as they were frantically climbing and shell shopping.  I'm sure all that fun activity will cease immediately but it was fun for a day or two.

    Anyway, so here are the pics of the newest design and there's a bunch more sand AND FB.  Last time I used the Forest Bedding from the bag and I hated that stuff and I'm throwing it out.  I do not recommend it as there's some pretty big chunks of wood in it.  This time I used a brick of the EE and there's also Bed a Beast and it's much finer.  There's about 5 inches each of EE and sand and then another couple of inches of moss on top the EE which we found they LOVE.  Below the 'tat pics are pics of the crabs when we were putting them back in.

    [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06158.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06161.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06162.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06160.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06165.jpg[/img]



    Tink (PP)-Can you see the interesting pink color on it's legs?:

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    Beaker (Indo):

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    Tune (Indo) aka Petunia (but then we found out she was a he:

    [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06147.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06149.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06150.jpg[/img]

    Spaz (PP) aka Psycho Crab:

    [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06151.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06152.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06153.jpg[/img]

    Kermit (PP):

    [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06154.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06155.jpg[/img]

    And I don't know who this is anymore  (PP)
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    [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06156.jpg[/img] [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06163.jpg[/img]

    And here is Kermit again watching the Olympics with me Saturday night (we were busting on Bode Miller):

    [img=300x225]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/cricha22/02-26-06/02-26-06166.jpg[/img]

     
  2. Crabby1

    Crabby1 "Third Molt, A Success"

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    Wow!!  that is the deepest substrate I have ever seen!!  Cool tank!!  I love your crabbies.  You are so brave.  I wouldn't let those big pinchers anywhere near my fingers!!
     
  3. CrabbyChris22

    CrabbyChris22 Hi, I'm New Here!

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    :sign10:   Crabby1. 

    Tell you the truth, I get pinched more by our teeny/small Ruggies than I do the big ones.  I haven't had a really good pinch since about 1-2 days after I got the first crab.  That sucker didn't even come out of his shell, he just reached down and grabbed my palm really hard.  Oy, that hurt.  The Ruggies get the tiniest bit of skin from the tips of my fingers in that little tiny BP of theirs and it doesn't really HURT, but it's noticeable.  As far as the Indo's go, they haven't gotten me.  Tune is very gentle despite the size of that BP.  In fact, in the first pic of Tune you can see he has a bit of the end of my finger in there and he never pinched at all.
     
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    LOOKS GREAT!!!!!!!!!! :icon_thumleft: Such cute crabbies too
     
  5. CrabbyChris22

    CrabbyChris22 Hi, I'm New Here!

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    As far as the depth of the substrate, I went deeper this time because of that ratio of having the substrate depth 2-3 times more than the height of the largest crab.  Before I only had like 3 inches of substrate and the biggest crabs are large mediums; i.e., they are very close to being considered large crabs on that circular chart I got somewhere on the internet.  Before, I had the sand depth up to 3 inches but that was only up against the end of the tank and it sloped downward to the middle so there just wasn't a whole lot of room for the bigger crabs to bury and still be completely covered.  I know for the 20 gallon tank it looks really high but I wanted to do everything in my power to alleviate the possibilities of having a surface molt occur because it wasn't deep enough.  I think I took care of that, lol.  They should have a good time digging and tunneling in that depth I have in there.

    They have really been enjoying the fish net.  I had it in for a bit before and then I took it out because it kept getting moved and tangled up in stuff but now it's secured a little better and stretched out.  They've been climbing all over the place on it and in the big plant in the back of the tank.  It seems they like the layout a little better because the activity has still been higher than normal.  It would be really cool if they'd keep it up because it's been really fun for me to actually see them out and doing their things.  They've sure been making a lot of noise at night though, ROFL, they keep waking me up (they are on the dresser right next to my head!  It's ok, I'd rather see them up running around and being healthy than being buried constantly and them not doing anything like they have been.
     
  6. Blaze

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    That's awesome that they've been out and about now .... you've been waiting awhile for them to "co-operate!"  :hello2: Your pictures are great and the crabbies are such cuties! (It makes it hard to choose which one to steal first hehe  :angel4: ) I love the picture of Kermit watching the Olympics! Hope your cold is gone and you're feeling better too =)
     
  7. RFcrabs

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    Yup, you sure took care of depth...actually just so enquiring minds know, yes depth should be at least twice the height of your largest crab, but does not have to encompass the entire breadth of the tank. This may make your heat and temp variables a bit harder to control, as it takes up quite a lot of volume. It will also need to be fluffed more as the weight will make it compress easier with constant heat.

    You will always notice more activity when you change around the elements in your tank...your crab's treat it sort of like unexplored territory and in my opinion it is a good thing to help them keep active! I have become lazy with my bigger tanks and only change around the plants every couple of weeks.
     
  8. CrabbyChris22

    CrabbyChris22 Hi, I'm New Here!

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    That's good stuff to know RF.  I haven't had a problem at all as far as the temp and humidity go.  The moisture has spiked some but that's to be expected now that nearly everything in the tank was wet but is easy enough to take care of by just opening the top a little.  That will settle down a bit I'm sure sometime this weekend though and all will be back to normal soon.

    I DID notice though about what you meant by the compression; I saw that the EE had compressed quite a bit in the last round so "fluffing" sounds like a good idea.  Now if I can figure out how to remoisturize the EE this time better than just misting it but without cracking the tank bottom (the UTH is under the EE).

    Blaze:  Yeah, I've had a blast this week watching these guys.  They are still on the shell swapping kick too, I woke this morning to seeing shells they were wearing yesterday laying around and other shells moved all over the place.  The cold is still hanging on but thanks for the well wishes.  And I'll just pretend like I didn't notice that stealing comment...

    I think I want to tackle changing out Steph's tank this weekend and see if we can get the same results going on in her tank, lol.  This is FUN!
     
  9. Cool!  Wha size tank is it?  The cage is so cool!  :sign4:  (Feeling a little random today... watch the icon!  So funny...)
     
  10. CrabE

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    I like the tank!!!  So, are you one of the many hermit crabbers that have a sencond level?  Well, I like it, and I'm thinking about giving my crabitat a deep clean!  :toothy12:
     

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