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My Habitat and Crabs! -Oct 18th 07-

Discussion in 'The HCRU Family Photo Album - Say Cheese.' started by OddyCrab, Oct 18, 2007.

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  1. OddyCrab

    OddyCrab (Micro Crab)

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    This is Bear! Typing for me lolz

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    and here is Ape!! Master Climber!

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    Finally My Habitat!

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    I WILL ADD SOME MORE PICA LATER BUT I GOTTA GO REAL QUICK!!!
     
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    msdiamonddawg "Third Molt In Progress"

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    Can I ask what you are using for a substrate? It doesn't look like anything a crab can bury in...I'll admit the picture is blury, but from what I can see, that is not suitable.
     
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    OddyCrab (Micro Crab)

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    it sand and coco fiber. and they can did in it
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    What brand of sand!? The trex Cali sand is not good for your crabs.

    the die(color) in the sand maybe toxic
     
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    alli'smommy "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    It looks very "chunky". Like mulch chunks. Are you sure the crabs can properly bury in it?
     
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    OddyCrab (Micro Crab)

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    yes they can dig in it. also its zoo med hc sand they dont eat it.
     
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    They may be able to dig in it, and it's ok to use for a section of your tank but it shouldnt be used as a substrate all over the tank. The coconut bark chunks (that's what they are) cannot hold the humidity. They need a damp substrate to dig in to molt.
    As for the colored sand, get rid of it. It's not good once it gets wet ad it tends to clump and gets lumpy. Get some childrens safe playsand and use that. I would suggest making 3/4 of the tank playsand and 1/4 the coconut bark chunks. Get a plastic divider so it doesn't get so messy.

    I am curious as to what your temperature and humidity gauges read.
     
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    OddyCrab (Micro Crab)

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    if u want to know it is normal. i spray it sometimes when it is low. its perfect! they love it. maybe it is chunky but im doing my best. we are not so rich rite now.
     
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    A bag of playsand is $4 at most home depot, lowes or Toys R Us stores. The bag is 50lbs and will last a very long time.

    What is normal? And wht kind of gauge? I see a stip gauge on the inside of your tank and those can't give an appropriate reading. You need an analog or digital gauge.

    As many people have stated in their responses to you, the coconut chunks are not suitable for your crabs. Please don't take what everyone is saying negatively, we are trying to get you to have the best set up for your hermit crabs to survive. For the sake of your hermit crabs, if you truly want them to live a long life and be able to molt perfectly, get them a suitable substrate.
     
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    k sorri . im gonna buy sum of that sand! and a digi monitor, also im getting alot of other crap before december
     
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    thx vckums . no wonder ur a mod
     
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    LOL thanks. I've learned from others though, can't take all the credit. You will too. Just keep good info in your head and in your favorites online LOL
     
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    OddyCrab (Micro Crab)

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    i sent u a pm , plz read it
     
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    alli'smommy "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Oddy, Please don't take offense to what folks suggest! We are only trying to help! I just started "crabbing" in April, so I get corrected all the time still on my ways!! Just take it to heart!
    And if money is an issue-as it is with alot of us (crabs are very $$$), just let us know and someone can always suggest a low-cost alternative!!! You are doing great, I'm sure you have the crabs best interests at heart. Just keep in mind suggestions offered!

    PS-I saw you site--looks great to me. I didn't get to read it all the way through, but I liked what I saw!!!
     
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    OddyCrab (Micro Crab)

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    im sorry about my post. yes i am workin hard on them. i do more wit them then i do my homework
     
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    alli'smommy "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    I know what you mean!! My husband is like "how much time are you gonna spend with those crabs!?" He doesn't really understand either!!!
     
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    I read and replied to your PM Oddly.

    What I like about forums, is that everyone can chime in and offer their tips and techniques. For instance, instead of going to expensive pet stores to find items, you can often go to Walmart or dollar stores to get crab safe items to use. I lvoe to browse through other crabbers pictures to see what they've used in their tank. You can get so many ideas that way!
     
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