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I've noticed a smell

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by RoxyLupin, Sep 5, 2009.

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  1. RoxyLupin

    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    There's a strong smell in my tank, I can't quite discribe it, It's not a dead crab smell ( both my crabs are quite alive ) and it's not the food I just put new food in... I'm thinking it's eather something in my pools or the substrate... tommarrow I'm going to take out the pools and clean them, also I'm going to bake my sand and see if there's something in it that could be causeing the smell...

    I know neather of my crabs are molting at the moment I'm just wondering what could be some causes? the Subsrate's barely a week old...
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Remember that they like to bury food. Maybe in the days you had that food they buried some of it and just left it there. If no hermit crabs are buried, then yes, I'd look through the substrate
     
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    ItsMeg "First Molt, A Success"

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    Yeah I agree with the Onion; because I've had this happen before. Just makes sure you get it out before it goes terribly bad and the crabs get to it :) Eek!
     
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    ziptied Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Sometimes sand smells when its wet/moist
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Sometimes the water will get gunky and stale. That happened to me recently. Took everything out of the pools (rocks, bubbler, and filter) cleaned it out, then replaced everything and put in fresh water.
     
  6. RoxyLupin

    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    Found the smell, it's a coco fiber climbing wall I have in the pools to help Micheal climb in and out, So I guess I'm keeping the funky smell till I can find an alternitive that doesn't smell as bad... i'm still going to bake the sand just to make sure there's no food in it, I can't really sift threw it in it's wet state...
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    You can use the plastic they use for crafts. It has small square openings that are just the right size for hermies.
     
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    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    Well... I removed the Cocofiber and the smell's still there...
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Keep the tank open for a bit to air it out. You can also try spraying it with water (assumption here is you always use de-chlorinated water), Then keep the tank open for a bit to adjust the humidity.
     
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    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    I can't do that, I have a fear of my crabs escapeing ( Micheal's done it twice while I was filling food dishes) and I've had some major crabby death threats if they're found somewhere they shouldn't be and I'm not with them... My mom and her boyfriend hate spiders, the boyfriend's conviced hermit crabs are spiders...
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Check the tank to see if anyone crab dragged some food and then left it there.
     
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    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    That was one of the first things I did, I checked for dead crabs, molters, spoiled food, mold on any of my climbing toys, see if it was my make shift hut( Which I've been told to take out because of the hot glue used ) I changed the water and baked the sand and sifted threw... didn't find anything other then little peices of sand dollars but those still smelled like the beach... but when I baked the sand and re-wet it I noticed the smell had tonned down...
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Sometimes sand does have an ugly smell to it when wet.
     
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    strawberryskittle (Small Crab)

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    deep clean! :p
     
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    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    @-@ but I'm still sore from the last Deep Clean
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    What type of sand are you using? Both Calci-Sand and Hermit Crab Sand can smell awful (and mold and turn rock-hard) when wet. If you're using playsand, some of the impurities in the sand can cause it to smell bad too. EcoEarth has on occasion been known to smell funny, but I haven't heard of it as often as smelly Calci/HC Sand.
     
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    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    I'm useing Quickcrete play sand...
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Sometimes if your substrate is moist it starts to grow mildew. Maybe that's what's happening. Take out your substrate and then wash it and let it dry out.
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    I use Quickrete too.
    you need to bake it first to kill any bugs that may have crawled into the bag an died there. it also kills Germs when you bake it.
     
  20. RoxyLupin

    RoxyLupin (Micro Crab)

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    now I do... XD I'm still learning...
     
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