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Help! dying crabs

Discussion in 'Emergency Care - 911.' started by catcrayz101, May 21, 2007.

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  1. catcrayz101

    catcrayz101 Hi, I'm New Here!

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    I have had five hermit crabs since last summer and three have died. I still have no idea why they did. The first two started getting sluggish and weren't doing anything. The third was very energetic though. I left it for a day and night and came home to find it dead. What is going on and what should I do to prevent future deaths?

    Katherine
     
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    silver616 "Preparing For Second Molt"

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    It'd be helpful if you'd provide some info about the temp and humidity in your crabitat. Most of the time that seems to be what causes crab deaths. I try to keep my temp and humidity both at 75. Also, I have heaters on either side of the tank so that they alternate which one is on in order to give a warm side and cool side. But the overall temp is 75. Anyway, that's a long way of saying to check your temp and humidity. Also, if you're feeding them commercial crab foods that may be contributing to the deaths. I feed mine only foods with no nasty preservatives. Check out epicureanhermit.com - Home for some good food ideas. Also, they need a constant source of both fresh and salt water.
     
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    silver616 "Preparing For Second Molt"

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    oh...and the water (salt and fresh) needs to be dechlorinated....I use bottled spring water
     
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