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Goodbye Waffles

Discussion in 'Hermit Crab Obituaries - In Memory Of "Skip".' started by CoolDoggy10, Nov 7, 2009.

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  1. CoolDoggy10

    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Waffles if your hearing, I love you, miss you, and wish you were still her. Waffles was eaten alive when she was molting. I don't want to talk about her death so I tell you about how I got her. When I came in to Petsmart she was climbing everywhere. I thought what I should name her? Hoops..Yo-Yo? Bing! This great idea in my head...Waffles. Waffles was the funnest crab. She was a very picky on shells and we finally got him in Aqua's old shell.
    Goodbye Waffles.:(
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Sorry cool :(
    Do me a favor, fill out the emergency survey anyway so we can make sure you are doing everything right, maybe we can help before you lose another crab might be something silly that you are overlooking like usint untreated tap water or something that is causing your crabs to surface molt or get sick.
     
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    SkyBaby (Micro Crab)

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    I'm so sorry. :( *hugs* Rest in peace, Waffles. You were much loved.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    I'm so sorry for your loss. :( It's always so sad to lose a crab, and Waffles seemed very special. But now she is in Hermie Heaven having a great time! Rest In Peace, Waffles!
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    I don't want to say but my Waffle was my favorite.
    Thank you everyone for your syphany
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Where is the emergency forum.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Cloie posted it on your other thread about Waffles. It is a link.
     
  8. DecAbbersMama

    DecAbbersMama "Preparing For First Molt"

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    DecAbbersMama "Preparing For First Molt"

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    I am sorry for your loss, it is hard to loose them no matter how long or how short you have had them, and especially hard if they are your favorites
     
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    xAizaOnigirix (Small Crab)

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    very sorry for your loss =[ Rest in Peace, Waffles!
     
  11. CoolDoggy10

    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Here's the survey
    How long have you had the crab(s) in question?
    10 months
    Do you know what species they are?
    All of them PP
    Did you/Do you isolate new crabs?
    yes
    Tank Size:
    2 10g
    Lid Type:
    Black with rectangle holes
    Placement of tank in your home:
    My room
    Substrate Used (moist or dry & depth):
    sand, moist, 3 in.
    Type of Gauges: Strip/Analog/Digital
    digital
    Did you test your humidity gauge for accuracy?
    yes
    Placement of Gauges:
    in front
    Temperature and Humidity levels in your tank: Degrees %
    Temperature: 75% Humidity: 74%
    Heating Source (if UTH how much of the tank does it cover and how much substrate is over it):
    No heating source
    Lighting Source (type bulbs & wattage):
    No lights
    Do you have at least one area for each crab to hide?
    yes
    Is there any metal in your tank?
    no
    What types of climbing things/toys do you have in your tank?
    Cholla wood, nets , and a rubber duckie
    What type of water do you use (dechlorinated tap/spring water)?
    Sping
    If you use dechlorinating drops-which kind?

    Do your provide fresh and salt water? If yes, what type of salt mix do you use?
    Yes. Commercial salt from PetSmart
    Do you provide dishes for water or just sponges?
    just water
    How many extra shells do you have for each crab?
    The shells are outside so I see if they change.
    Did you boil the shells prior to putting them in the tank?
    I will if I ever find some shells in the ocean
    Do you bathe your crabs? If yes, how often and what do you use to bathe them in?
    yes , once a week, plastic bowl
    Do you only handle your crabs with clean hands?
    yes
    How often do you handle them?
    Everyday
    Have they been exposed to toxins such as chemical/cleaning fumes, perfume, spray deodorant, etc?
    No
    Do you allow your crabs to exercise outside the tank?
    Yes
    What types of foods do you feed?
    Jam, cereal, meat, fruits, vegetable (anything I can find in the house).
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Thank you everyone for your sorry's
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Well, if you are using hermit crab salt or commercial food those both contain preservatives that can harm the crabs. Second, the list " Jam friuit cereal and meats" does not contain any calcium usually. I believe broccoli may have a little but Waffles was probably "eaten alive" because you are not providing enough meat and calcium. If I were you, I would provide meat, shrimp, eggs, crab, chicken, corn or flax seed every day. Those have protein. The following contain calcium,Sunflower seeds, Peanuts, Rice, eggshell, okra, beans, molassas, oyster shell and seaweed. You can also buy calcium blocks for birds at pet stores.
    Good Luck and I'm sorry about waffles. :( He looked really nice.
     
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    DecAbbersMama "Preparing For First Molt"

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    2 things I noticed that I think you should change:

    - Your sand should be 4 or 5 inches at least in both tanks. (Twice the height of your biggest crab)

    - Also, you should boil all shells you introduce to the thank whether or not you find them on the beach. You don't know if they had something before they came to you.

    Again, I am sorry about waffles, but hopefully you will be able to change the conditions so you no longer have surface molters and cannibalism in your tanks
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Oh I also give them peanut butter and rice.
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Still, you can buy a package of steak, shrimp or chicken at the grocery store for $3 and that will last you months.
     
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    xAizaOnigirix (Small Crab)

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    is it organic? inorganic peanut butter like Skippy can kill them because it has table salt =/
     
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    Poppy "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Waffles died?
    Omg???
    So sorry
     
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    Crabs surface molting, the most likely common issues I would look at first is 1) enough sand depth 2) enough dark space (sides, and underside) 3) moist enough for you to be able to stick your finger in and the sand not move when you take your finger out (so sand castle consistency, where you can shape it and build stuff with it)

    Crabs eaten by other crabs
    1) not enough protein 2) no enough calcium (particularly dangerous in a surface molt since other crabs will go for the exo 3) not enough hiding space.


    until your molts stabilize, I suggest you have a half bottle on hand all of the time. As soon as a crab surface molts, or looks sick, put the half bottle over the crab to isolate it without moving it. good luck
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Organic from trader's joe
     
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