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Discussion in 'Nutrition & Water' started by sirenequidanse, Jul 29, 2009.

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  1. sirenequidanse

    sirenequidanse (Micro Crab)

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    ok, i have some beaked moss i bought in a pet store. should i microwave and put in with my crabbies or not. last moss i got was from addiction. i saw that this moss was natural no dyes or chemicals and thought it would be ok. but i noticed a post that it was questionable. please send me any and all input on subject thanks. :dontknow: :shmama:
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    I'm fairly sure that beaked moss is a no-no for crabs due to the fact that it grows on coniferous (pine's relatives) trees and these trees are toxic to crabs (think about it - they're used for their insecticidal qualities, and crabs are SUPER close relatives of insects, so it will irritate their abdomens, cause them to drop their shells, and die). The moss is harvested and will always end up with pieces of pine/pine products that will irritate your crabs' soft parts. Hopefully you still have the receipt from that bag of moss and you can go return it and see if they have any Hiawatha moss to replace it with. Otherwise, you can buy some from the Addiction store again!

    The only safe moss to use that I know of is Hiawatha moss, but this should always be soaked in salt water (to kill bugs) and microwaved (to kill bug eggs - we have a member at HCP who ended up with Chorid flies that will attack crabs' soft tummies because salt water alone doesn't kill the fly eggs and her microwave was broken so she couldn't use it to kill the eggs before putting it in her crabitat).
     
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    sirenequidanse (Micro Crab)

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    :twirl:thanks so much for replying. i dont care about getting my money back, im more interested in keeping my hermies safe and healthy thanks so much again. i bow down to the crab master :rockz: :hail:
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Here is some research I've done:

    Not suitable for hermit crabs

    Spanish Moss can harbor bugs and is treated
    with pesticides. It is not a true moss but an air plant
    that absorbs calcium and moisture from the air.

    Cypress is a conifer with wood/needles that are
    toxic to crabs when ingested.
    Depending on the species of cypress,
    some have toxic properties, among them arsenic.

    Beaked Moss provides a Realistic Setting for Reptiles and Amphibians
    Completely Natural (no dyes or chemicals)
    But, it is harvested from coniferous rain forests of
    Oregon which is toxic to hermit crabs.


    Ok to use for hermies

    Hiawatha moss

    Sphagnum moss (NOT sphagnum PEAT moss)

    Naturals floral moss from Walmart

    Frog moss

    Hope this helps too.
     
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    dee4126 "Never Molted"

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    ok well i am using humidity moss dont know what type it is didnt say should i take it out found it in the lizard section of petco.to help with my humidity.
     
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    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    Go to walmart and get the naturals floral moss. I did just today!! It's only 2.50
     
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    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    I sure hope that Naturals floral moss is ok for them cause a couple of them are really pigging out on it.
     
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    its fine! :flower:
     
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