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Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by Pamela_C, Sep 28, 2009.

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  1. Pamela_C

    Pamela_C (Micro Crab)

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    Ever since Sebastian changed shells, he's been digging down a lot. Well, he dug down in the sand side last night, but I just noticed that his burrow has collapsed, I can't see him from the bottom of the tank. Can they get back out if the opening has collapsed....should I dig him out. I'm not sure if he's molting or what. My crabs never really did destress.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    What kind of sand do you use? What is the consistency? Is it moist, wet, or dry?
     
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    Pamela_C (Micro Crab)

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    I use marine sand, sugar texture, it was at sand castle consistancy but it seems a little dryer right now, but still moist. I don't want to moisten it right now while he's down there. I don't want to drown him.
     
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    Pamela_C (Micro Crab)

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    i'm not even sure he's down in that spot.
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    I have 2 crabs that like to dig under stay a couple days and come back up. Yes they can dig themselves out and you can moisten the sand by misting with warm salt water.
    He may be getting ready to molt so it may be best to just leave him be for a bit.
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Just leave him be. Spraying is a good idea.
     
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    Pamela_C (Micro Crab)

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    No, I didn't want to bother him, but I wanted to make sure he didn't get himself trapped down there. I see some trashing around where I suspect he is, I can only assume he was up and around earlier. I did spray before I left for work. I poked around in the sand (where I know he is not) and it's pretty much just the top layer that had dryed a bit...deep down was still real moist.

    Thank for your help.
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Smooth out the sand around the tank, if you see little crabby footprints after that you know he is sneaking up at night and wandering around. Just be sure when your smoothing you do it gently and dont pack the sand ;)
     
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    mine did that and came back up in 2 days and was fine
     
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    jissxc (Micro Crab)

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    he should be ok
     
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    jissxc (Micro Crab)

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    just make shure u keep the top wet by misting
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    My hermies love to burrow. . . And yes, they can easily climb out if their burrow has collapsed on top of them!!!
     
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