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Safe Moss???

Discussion in 'HCRU Crabitat's - Biography's Of Our Crabitats' started by Jessafall, Jul 2, 2009.

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  1. Jessafall

    Jessafall "Preparing For First Molt"

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    It's been atleast 2 years since I last owned hermies. Since I am going to have a moss pit in my crabitat, i would love to know what kinds of moss are safe for the hermies??
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    I believe it's every moss except for Spanish moss, and I think peat moss isn't good for them either. I use Hiawatha moss.
     
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    I use walmart Naturals
     
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    Two Brain Cells Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Dead spaghnum moss!!
     
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    NitaRocks! (Micro Crab)

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    Two Brain Cells, that's what I use! Yay sphagnum! Every type except for peat and spanish.
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Spanish moss bad! Wild moss may be good!
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I use terrarium moss from petco. It's called beak moss or something.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    This is so freaky! I was just on the walmart website searching for moss and now I see this thread! Perfect timing! Lol. :D
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I use the "Naturals" moss from Walmart too. It comes in a small bag for around $2.00 but it goes a long way. As One Onion said, Hiawatha moss is good too, and I've seen it in Michaels. Both of these are located in the floral sections.

    Cococrisp, you may want to reconsider using Beaked Moss. I save things in a folder for future reference that I come across, and unfortunately I can't remember who said this, but it is true:

    Coniferous needles and wood are toxic to hermies when ingested and hermies are known to munch on their substrate. So Beaked moss should not be used as a substrate within a crabitat.

    It comes out of the forests where pine needles and cones are, and can kill a hermit crab if they eat it. It's fine for certain reptiles, but not for the crabbies.
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Oh. I don't have any moss in my new tank and was planning on taking it out anyway because the humidity was going over board.
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    My moss is out and I replaced that area with some ply sand.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Good job! :)
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Spaghnum is safe? Darn! I was just in Walmart to get Hiawatha moss but I only found spaghnum but I wasn't sure if they could eat it so I didn't get it. :(
     
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    NitaRocks! (Micro Crab)

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    Ohh, poor you! Sphagnum is actually my fave moss! If you ever want to grow tillandsia, sphagnum moss should be your "soil" and it needs very little water and partial sunlight. Sorry, off topic. (but I learned it at zoo camp, and I want to share my botanical knowledge.)
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Cool! Thanks for the tip! :) I always wanted to go to a zoo camp!
     
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    NitaRocks! (Micro Crab)

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    You're welcome! Oh, zoo camp rockz you sox!
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Sounds cool. But back to like the first page how come you guys were saying that all moss was safe except Spanish and one other type? And I took it out already and really don't want to take a chance but is it that none of my crabs have eaten it or it's safe or what because I have been using it for almost 7 months now.:confused: And also what type of moss do you use, Vicki? I got some from you and it looks just like the type I have. :confused: Oh well. I took it out already so I guess it does not matter.
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Some Info on Moss....

    :( 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

    Hope this helps...
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Thanks. I'll try to get some of the safe ones.;)
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Wait. What about frog moss? Is that safe too?
     
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