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Shells

Discussion in 'Shells' started by DsCrabs, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. DsCrabs

    DsCrabs Hi, I'm New Here!

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    OK so I have 3 Ecuadorian crabs along with 7 Purple Pinchers.. I have gotten all my pps to change into natural shells.. Unfortunatly my eccies are being stubborn and wont change from there chipped up shells they came in any ideas.. I have purchased tons of different shells for them and no luck... I have D openings, Oval openings, round openings.. Dont know what else to do..
     
  2. timebandit

    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    Nothing you can do. They will change when they are ready.
     
  3. marleyfish

    marleyfish "First Molt In Progress"

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    ive been told eccies are really stubborn about keeping shells.
     
  4. DsCrabs

    DsCrabs Hi, I'm New Here!

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    owell was hoping there might have been some trick like say soaking it in coconut milk or spraying it with veggie oil ect. type wifes tales lol.. (and no I havent tried either of those it was just off the wall examples)
     
  5. Mariah

    Mariah "Preparing For First Molt"

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    You can try leaveing some with salt water in them. I heard you can soak the shells in conditiond or  stress coat water but not for sure.
     
  6. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Whenever I clean my shells I always use the salt water mixture because they do seem to like that.

    As far as the E's changing, they are a fickle bunch, and as long as they like the shell they're in, there's no enticing them out of it.  Some will wear a shell two sizes too small for over a year and still not change.  It's part of their "mystique".  Actually it's part of their well deserved reputation for being "onery"!  :biglaugh:
     
  7. Mini.Mrs.Crabs

    Mini.Mrs.Crabs "Preparing For Second Molt"

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    Oh yes, I have a couple goofy-looking E's with more than half of their boddies out of their shells, even though there are plenty other shells they can choose!

    My other Less-Picky crabs seem to like it when the shells are rinsed in salt water (Like Jelly said!) but also when there's no sand in the shells! Thats why I keep my shells in a plastic shower caddy...maybe that might help  :dontknow:
     
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    scoobdoo "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I thought byou weren't supoosed to use a conditioner with a stress coat in it, it gunks up there gills? I just figured I would mentioned this when I read something about leaving a stress coating water in a shell, I thought you just want to remove the heavy metals & chlorines
     
  9. DsCrabs

    DsCrabs Hi, I'm New Here!

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    thank you all.
     

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