1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

New owner, confused about humidity/temperature.

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by Ariant, Jul 17, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Ariant

    Ariant Hi, I'm New Here!

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2009
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    So I inherited a hermit crab from a neighbor who was taking horrible care of him (in a critter carrier, dirty dishes, two identical shells, one painted :mad:) and about a week ago, right when I got a bunch of cool stuff for him, he stopped moving (yes I did leave him alone, I'm assuming he is surface-molting or worse) :(

    But enough of that, I have decided I would love to have more hermit crabs, I find them very fascinating. I'm going to buy a 10-gallon tank and house three (probably) hermit crabs in it. Outside it is 90F and 60% humidity, give or take, and inside it is 78F. I presume I should put them inside, but how am I supposed to modify humidity in a tank?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Poppy

    Poppy "Second Molt, A Success"

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    550
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alberta, Canada
    Spray it daily with declor. water to raise it up, or add sponges with the drinking water, either should raise it up
     
  3. strawberryskittle

    strawberryskittle (Small Crab)

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2009
    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Maryland
    I'm actually growing very fond of eco earth's ability to maintain humidity. Now... Im not a fan of dirt getting everywhere, and Im not sure if I'm gonna have mold issues...but I hated the sponges... with the eco eaerth, I don't really need to do anything, and I can not spray for days and it would be just fine, steady at 70some now
     
  4. Laughs O Lot

    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,730
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    USA
    You can get a glass lid, too, if you don't already have one. Poppy and strawberry's suggestions were also great! :)
     
  5. Ariant

    Ariant Hi, I'm New Here!

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2009
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Okay, thanks for the suggestions everyone. Sadly my sick hermie just died :(... Going to go out and get a bigger tank and some more crabs, my pet store really doesn't take good care of them, only one water dish and no places to dig!
     
  6. Laughs O Lot

    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,730
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    USA
    I'm so sorry. :( Are you sure he's dead? Once I thought Ocean died and she was really surface molting. Is there a fishy smell? So sorry for asking. :(
     
  7. Ariant

    Ariant Hi, I'm New Here!

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2009
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah he's been laying there for about 2 weeks now (left him alone because I assumed he was surface molting), went today to mist the tank and it smelled :(...hopefully he died peacefully.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page