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My Crappy Crabitat

Discussion in 'HCRU Crabitat's - Biography's Of Our Crabitats' started by j'field, Oct 10, 2009.

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  1. j'field

    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Hi, I am still quite new in all this crap/crab.
    And this is my crabitat. Any comments and advise are most welcome. :)

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    I have done some changes to my crabitat above. I have added more sand. And I also change the pool container of saltwater and fresh water from pink to brown and green colour. I have also added much more shells for them.

    I feels the the pink is too strong a colour. At least to me. :p
     
  2. Hermies4Ever

    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Yes, pink does stand out. . . I'm glad you changed it. . . Also, good for you for adding more shells!!! The rule is 3-4 shells a hermie, but that rule is a stupid one!!! The more shells, the better!!!:D:D:D
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    I don't think your crabitat is bad at all! I love it! :D My only suggestion would to maybe get one more hidey. And just making sure, you have a humidity gauge, right?
    I love the wood thing!! :D It's so cool! What kind of wood is it? Make sure you don't use pine because it's toxic to hermit crabs. And like cloie sand, more sand in their would be good. Hermit crabs love to dig and they need to be fully buried when they molt.
     
  4. cloie74

    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    3-4 shells is the MINIMUM amount of shells you should have per crab Hermie, of course the more the better ;)

    Tanks looks Great!
    How much more sand did you add? It should be twice as deep as your biggest crab. Also it looks a little dry, sand should be sand castle consistency, if you stick your finger in it it the hole you make should not collapse but if you squeeze a handful it should not drip.
    You can moisten it by using their salt water and mix it up real good, The salt water also helps prevent mold.
    I don't see a Temp and humidity gauge in there, that is very important to help you keep things consistent in there, humidity needs to be about 75%-80% and same for the temps. (Moistening the sand will help with Humidity)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Yes, of course!!! But shells do take up tank space!!! There is such a thing as TOO MANY SHELLS!!!;););)

     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Thanks for all who have reply. :)

    Yes, I have add much more sand and shells. I will post a update soon.

    And for temperature, my country is hot all year round. So temperature range from 27 to 31 degrees. I think is find right?

    And for the Hygrometer, I am thinking of buying online. Not sure what can I get it in my country. Cos all pet stores that I ask don't sell and some saleperson don't even know what I am talking about :(

    SALE - Digital Hygrometer & Thermometer - $18.95 - Fine Weather Instruments - The Weather Store
    The link above is the Hygrometer I intend to get. What you guys think?
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    That sounds okay. . . How many hermit crabs do you have, and how many gallons is your crabitat???
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Before
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    About 2weeks under my care.
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    Not sure if it have fully moulted. But i see abit of bits and pieces of exoskeleton on the sand. Days after moult. It changes into a new shell. :p And now it looks bigger in the new shell
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    How many hermies do you have??? How many gallons is your current crabitat???
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Hi Hermies4Ever, think my tank is about 30 gallons. How many hermits you think can I fit in it? Right now I have 2 ruggies. And I think they belong to the tiny size. Between 1 and half to 2 inches.

    And about the Hygrometer, what you think?

    I'm not so worry about the temperature here. Cos in my country, temperature is very consistent. Even without a thermometer is ok. And with the heat from my light, it will not fall below 27degrees. By the way, I am using Sun Glo from Exo Terra.
    I am more worried about the humidity so I need to get the Hygrometer fast :)

    And yes, sorry, I forget to reply some of the other questions. The wood I am using is called drift wood. I don't think is pine wood from the look. Is that kind of wood you would normally see in those fresh water planted tanks that most people use for scaping. I am thinking of planting some danallion plants on the second level of sand which you see.
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Hello,

    You can fit 10 small hermit crabs in a 30-gallon tank, and if you have medium hermit crabs you can fit 5. . . And yes, a hydrometer is fine. . . I reccomend that you get one. . .
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Thanks Hermies4Ever :)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    You're welcome!!! Glad to help!!!
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    What do you feed your hermies as treats???
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    I feed pellets fish food that I use to feed my marine fishes, raisins, corns, bread, tomatoes.

    Almost everything safe and edible that I can find in my house. Lol!

    I am thinking of planting some dandelion plant at the second level of sand for them to eat and play. What you think? :)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Dandelions sound terrific!!! I bet your hermies will love them to eat AND to play in!!! I feed my hermies coconut, pellet food, tropical fish flakes, and they also like calcium sand. . .
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    tHANKS Hermies4Ever, you have been helpful. Are there anything that they cannot eat?

    I heard so dairy stuffs is not for them. For calcium, I have calcium in my saltwater as well which I use for my marine tank. And I have afew rocks that I use previously for my marine tank. These rocks do have calcium on them too. :)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    You're welcome. . . Here is a non safe food list that Vckums made:

    While it is true that crabs are scavengers with a wide repertoire of foods they can eat, there
    are many plants and foods that just should not be fed to a crab. The foods on this list are to
    be avoided. Some are toxic, some are insect repellents or used as insecticides, and some the crabs
    just won't go near, such as lemon -- lemon won't hurt them, but they certainly won't eat it.

    This list, like the Edible List, will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back often.

    Aconite (Monk's Hood)
    African violet leaves
    African daisy (Osteospermum)
    Alder bark
    Aloe vera (interferes with potassium absorption)
    Amaryllis
    American Hellebore
    Anemone/Windflower
    Aniseed
    Avocado leaves
    Azalea/Rhododendron
    Bay leaves (natural insect repellent)
    Bindweed
    Bird of Paradise Flowers
    Bluebonnet
    Bottlebrush flowers
    Bougainvillea
    Boxwood
    Buckthorn
    Buttercup
    Carnation leaves
    Castor Bean
    Catnip
    Cherimoya Seeds
    Chocolate/cocoa
    Chrysanthemum
    Cinnamon
    Citrus (leaves and branches to be avoided; part of the evergreen family. The fruit is fine)
    Columbine
    Compost (unless 100% organic)
    Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) (contains cyanogenic glucosides)
    Crocus
    Crown of Thorns
    Cube Plant
    Custard Apple (young fruit)
    Cyclamen
    Delphinium
    Derris
    Dieffenbachia
    Dill
    Dittany
    Eucalyptus
    European pennyroyal
    Evergreen (pine, cedar, juniper, etc.)
    Feverfew
    Fleabane
    Garlic
    Geranium
    Golden Pothos
    Green hellebore
    Hemlock
    Holly Berries
    Horsetail
    Ivy (of any kind)
    Juniper Berries
    Kalanchoe
    Larkspur seed
    Laurel
    Lavender
    Lemon Balm (Sweet Melissa)
    Lemon Grass
    Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
    Mayweed
    Mistletoe
    Morning Glory
    Mulberry leaves
    Oleander
    Onion
    Oxeye daisy
    Papaya seed
    Parsley Seed (fruit)
    Peace Lily
    Pencil Tree Cactus
    Peppermint
    Philodendron
    Pine or cedar wood or needles
    Prickly juniper
    Pride of China fruit
    Prunus species trees (apricot, bitter almond, cherry, cherry laurel,
    nectarine, peach, plum) Fleshy fruits are edible, everything else
    contains a cyanide-like compound and is fatally toxic, including
    seeds, wood, leaves, bark and flowers.
    Red Emerald
    Rosemary
    Sago Palm
    Sanseveria
    Schefflera
    Stargazer Lily (Lilium x Stargazer)
    Sweet Flag
    Tansy
    Tea Tree
    Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
    Thornapple
    Thyme
    Tobacco
    Vanillin
    Verbena
    Vinca
    Wild Angelica fruit
    Wormwood
    Yew
    Yarrow
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    That humidity guage is probably more than you need I know you are not in the USA but you still should be able to find one much cheaper than that.
    Be careful with the fish flakesI can't remember the ingredient but in some foods there is a dangerous ingredient for them that needs to be avoided, you can ask on the forum maybe Vicky will read it
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Thanks cloie74, I will take note of that. And I really can't find a hygrometer here in my country.

    Guess I got no choice but to order one online soon :(

    Anyway, here's another pic of my crabitat. I've added bit more woody for them to exercise. And they must climb to the higher level to get their treats.

    The gorund level, I put normal for like pellets, freeze dried shrimps, basically dry stuffs. And the higher level, will be treats like fruits, veggies etc. :)

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