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Finally getting some E's- Some advice from E's parents, please?

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by liagiba, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. liagiba

    liagiba "First Molt In Progress"

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    I have been wanting Es for a very long time but I have been terrified of buying them online. I found a local wholesaler  :cheer: that will let me go to his "warehouse" and get some Es.  Its a short drive from home! So, although I had hermit crabs for 3 years, only purple pinchers, I am concerned about the new species. I don't want them in my main tank yet, because I am concerned about mites. I want to prepare for their arrival by setting a smaller tank. What substrate is best for Es? What is the ideal temp and humidity for Es? Anything else you think I should know before getting them will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
    (Just in case, I have a 30 gallon for my 6 hermits, in a mix of sand and EE. I will be setting up a 20g for the new Es, I am not getting more than 4. Eventually, I will be setting my 55 g to put the hermits altogether, around mid September, depending how the new Ecuadorian crab adventure works out...) :hermzpoo:
     
  2. liagiba

    liagiba "First Molt In Progress"

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    :cheer: Got'em! Went yesterday with my youngest son to the hermit crab farm, they GAVE us six! All E's! For free! Two came in painted shell but when I checked this morning, they have changed into natural shells! I set up the 55 gal for them, I have the purple pinchers in the 30 gal. I want to put them together in a couple of weeks. Yesterday I gave the Es a bath and so far, no mites! Here are some pics!

    Cobra Bubbles in painted shell and my very enthusiastic son Gabriel
    [img=400x300]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/cobrabubbles.jpg[/img]

    Katara and Luna in the waiting room while I was setting up the 55 gal
    [img=400x300]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/kataraluna.jpg[/img]

    Cobra Bubbles and Prince Zuko in their new shells
    [img=400x300]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/changeshell.jpg[/img]

    55 gal
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    Prince Zuko before shell change
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    Luna
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    Katara and Aang
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    [img=300x400]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/e.jpg[/img]
     
  3. timebandit

    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    awsome!!!!!!Very good looking.
     
  4. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    :spunky:  Alright!!  Congrats!

    E's and PP's are similar when it comes to a tank setup, etc.  E's get a bad rap......they love to party but don't really bother anyone else as far as I have seen and heard.  Of course there's always an exception, but that's with all the species.
    I have three E's and I don't see them as being rowdy or tearing up the tank.
    You're going to enjoy them, and they are really pretty.  How lucky you are to have a place like that to visit!

    It's good to ISO them for a while, but perhaps next time you can put the new crabs in a smaller tank for the ISO (isolation).  (I only added that in case there are some who read this and don't know what ISO stands for)  :flower:
    The reason I say a smaller tank is if they do have mites or are sickly, that will be less substrate you'll have to throw away and less area to clean, and less of a chance for your others to possibly get infected when adding them in with your new ones.

    The ISO tank doesn't have to be very decorated, just a few basic things so they don't get bored.  They most likely will spend a good deal of time de-stressing and eating and drinking.

    Myself personally I only put in about an inch and a half of substrate so I can keep an eye on them.

    I also include shells and of course the food and the waters.  I make sure that I have a calcium source and some protein foods for them as well as the rest of the good foods.

    Keep an eye on the water and food dishes because they sometimes devour everything in sight.

    A climbing thing and plants or hidey things are good so they can hide and feel protected.

    If I know ahead of time that I may be bringing a crab home I'll try to have my ISO tank ready by turning on the heat source and getting the substrate moist for the humidity and digging.

    Just a few tidbits but by all means if anyone can add to this (or you disagree with it) please chime in and share your thoughts and opinions.

    oh by the way, your son is a cutey-pie!  :chuckle:
     
  5. liagiba

    liagiba "First Molt In Progress"

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    Thanks Jellybean I always love your replies, you are sweet, I dont have to disagree with you on anything, you always give great advice :) I wanted to put them in the 20 gal, but I can't find it :think: I found instead a ten gallon that I don't recall owning. I think my teenage boy may have swapped with someone. You wouldn't believe how many times I have been looking for something only to find out that one of my teenagers let a friend "borrow" it or made a trade  :no: So my choice was to dump all 6 in the 10 gal or set up once and for all the 55 gal that has been sitting at home waiting for a good time to be set up. Nut, know that you say it can be just an inch or so, I could have done it. At the same time, I am happy I put them in the 55 gal because Moto Moto Jr. Jr. dug down on Thursday as soon as he got "home". He came out yesterday and I took pics because he is so small! I didn't even remembered his shell. Do you think he is pre molting? I always read about how people can tell when the exo is separating, but I haven't been able to tell.  I can tell when I see them in the salt water often and digging like crazies! But these are Es and I feel like I have just started crabbing again! They are a rowdy bunch, they are really hyper. The party starts around 7pm and I can watch them being crazy until 2 am, when I can't keep my eyes open anymore and they just keep going! They have cuttlebone and have been getting a buffet! And they have been eating like pigs!
    Here are the pics of Moto Moto Jr. Jr. ( my son named him, I think he has more name than crab)

    [img=400x266]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/SAM_1744.jpg[/img]

    [img=400x266]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/SAM_1746.jpg[/img]

    [img=400x266]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/SAM_1748.jpg[/img]

    [img=400x266]http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/liagiba1977/E%20Hermit%20crabs/SAM_1749.jpg[/img]
     
  6. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    That is a beauty!!  Love the pics.

    I don't go by their exo's splitting either.  Like you, I watch them hanging out around and in the salt water dish as well as pigging out at the food dish.  Mine will also tend to get quiet and just chill  close to the water dishes.

    They may not be in a pre-molt but destressing, or investigating, or tunneling around having a good time.  I have 6 PP's  who love to tunnel from one end to the other. I sometimes have holes all over the tank where they are coming up and going down.  But then again---some molt almost as soon as they get in the tank because their body really needs to.

    Sounds like all is well and everyone is adjusting nicely!  :straw:







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