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My crabs and tank.

Discussion in 'Say Cheese' started by Spiral, Dec 16, 2009.

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  1. Spiral

    Spiral (Micro Crab)

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    Meant to mimic the habitat from which the crabs came. Only lacking some beach plants.

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1861.jpg[/img]
     
  2. emmac350

    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Re: My tank.

    You might want to work on getting some more stuff in there - I don't see 2 water bowls deep enough for crabs to submerge in, but it could be the angle. I'd recommend also you get some more hiding places for the crabs and extra shells in there, but I love that wood piece!
     
  3. Spiral

    Spiral (Micro Crab)

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    I have a tupper ware of seawater (left of the pic) deep enough to completely cover my largest crab ( a straw, moulting or ??? ). I skipped the fresh water bowl and so i mist my crabs with a sprayer once in a while. There are only a couple of shells in there at a time and i rotate them, don't want shells scattered everywhere! :banana:

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1862.jpg[/img]


    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1864.jpg[/img]

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  4. LordRhal

    LordRhal "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    You should have a bowl of both salt and dechlorinated water. Also, why do you rotate the shells? can't you just put them all in?
     
  5. emmac350

    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Yeah, the fresh water is necessary because crabs use it to dilute the salt water to whatever their personal preference is with shell water. Crabs keep water in their shells to keep their abdomen from drying out, and they go back and forth between salt and fresh water, adding each until it's their personal preference. No two crabs are the same for concentration preference, so you can't just offer their personal preference. If they are forced to have too concentrated of shell water (due to not being able to dilute it from a lack of fresh water availability) they will dehydrate because the water in their cells will go out into the shell water to try to dilute it to the right concentration.

    Also, crabs need to have shells scattered everywhere - they are much more likely to change if they have choices. Each crab has different wants with a shell, and without offering them a very wide variety all the time, your crab may never change because it can't compare shells. You should have a minimum of 3 shells per crab in your tank at any given point in time to help keep down shell aggression.
     
  6. LordRhal

    LordRhal "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    that`s what I meant, only with less words :p :p :pinkhat:
     
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    imported_xAiZaOnigirix (Large Crab)

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    aside from what emma and lord said, i just want to add- that second picture (close us of a PP) is the BEST crab pic i've EVER seen!
     
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    LordRhal "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    it is just me or did spiral get like half to site to own dragon eggs lol
     
  9. Spiral

    Spiral (Micro Crab)

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    I used to have a freshwater pool months ago but i removed it since it took many days to drain as compared to the saltwater.
    Will add more shells if I get a basket or something to hold them without sand getting inside. Never had any shell fights at all yet though.

    Thanks, but i don't own any PPs? :twirl:

    :wasntme: :spunky:
     
  10. Spiral

    Spiral (Micro Crab)

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    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1859.jpg[/img]

    Pics below taken at night, so colour is off and it is grainy/unclear.

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1874.jpg[/img]

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1878.jpg[/img]

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1881.jpg[/img]

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1879.jpg[/img]

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1870.jpg[/img]
     
  11. emmac350

    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Aiza - the second picture (from the original post) appears to be a viola - note the orange antennae.

    Spiral - what do you mean, it took too long for the fresh water to drain? Do you wait for the crabs to completely empty a water bowl before you change it or something? And even if they don't use it as much as salt water usually, they sometimes will need it a lot more (lately my crabs have been making off with half of my fresh bowl in one night...I've tried switching the bowls' positions and fresh is still emptier) and besides - if you don't offer it on the day/night that they need it, they'll get stressed due to the lack.

    One other thing - you have exotic species, who tend to enjoy (I don't own any, so this is based off of talking to others) swimming and spending their time just sitting in the salt water dish. This leads to a lot more of the salt water being missing at any point in time - it's bound to happen, just like a swimming pool is more empty after a bunch of people get in and out - they take water with them. So your salt water bowl will be emptier no matter what if your crabs enjoy soaking in it, but you still need that fresh water bowl for them. :)
     
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    Spiral (Micro Crab)

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    Water changed twice a week.
    Ok I'll add the freshwater back then.

    And... I don't have violas?
     
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    OMG! You have a Blueberry Hermit Crab!
     
  14. cloie74

    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Spiral, what are you using to make your salt water? Are you using bottled water or tap and are you using a conditioner?
    You usually dont need as big a container for fresh water, I have never seen my crabs sit in my fresh water, they sit on the edge and drink and wash up but never get in, I dont know what is going on in there at night but my fresh water bowl is completely empty every morning now! (It is a cream cheese container pretty big!)
    anyway they do need the fresh water offered to them.
    What kind of crabs do you think they are if not PP or viola?
     
  15. Spiral

    Spiral (Micro Crab)

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    Redsea, tap water , dechlorinator to remove chloramines.
    I live in the tropics, high heat humidity ,no fluctuations, may explain the difference.

    Take a closer look?

    Taking Shelter

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    RAWR!

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1846.jpg[/img]

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1848.jpg[/img]

    My smallest crab, bigger now.

    [img width=400 height=300]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/noobplant/DSCF1849.jpg[/img]
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    I'm like 97.5% sure those are violas. They have the orange antennae, the dark colored eyestalks, the purplish coloring. I'm personally convinced.

    Check out some of the pictures of violas at this website - several look just like your crabs. http://www.freewebs.com/beachnut627/violaviolascens.htm
     
  17. OneOnion

    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Most, if not all C. Brevimanus have dark eyestalks too, and it may be the angle, but they have a really big bp. So some could be Indo's too.

    P.S. Spiral, where do you get your hermit crabs from? From the pics, it looks like you have E's, Ruggies, and what I think is an Indo!
     
  18. Spiral

    Spiral (Micro Crab)

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    Since I'll be leaving today to spend christmas overseas, I'll let the cat out of the bag :wav:

    I have :
    2 Brevimanus
    1 rugosus ( who wasn't in the pictures at all, molting but resurfaced today )
    0 clypeatus
    0 compressus
    0 variabilis
    0 scaevola
    0 spinosus
    0 cavipes
    0 violascens ( back before i stopped crabbing for a year my tank was filled with these )
    1 perlatus ( seems like he is trying to pull off a double molt now )
    around 18 purpureus ( dunno, lost count )


    How to identify crabs: http://www.tonycoenobita.com/species_eng.htm
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Wehee! I knew they were Brevimanus... Kind of...

    How do you buy hermit crabs from there? It's not in english?
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    :eek:mg: Your hermit crabs r so cute!
     
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