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Substrate - how deep is too deep?

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by Enj, Feb 20, 2011.

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  1. Enj

    Enj "Never Molted"

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    Hey guys! It's been a while since I have been on here...

    I was wondering how deep is too deep for Eco Earth substrate? I have the farthest end really quite high with substrate, it's actually reaching the second level.

    I am going to take some pictures soon as I have had a big 'Hermie Reno' and fully set the tank up to be a paradise.
     
  2. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    :vinkko: Six to eight inches of substrate is a good amount, depending on the size of the crab and the tank. If he is "humongous", you could go deeper. The hermit crab will determine how deep he needs to go. If you have very deep substrate and know that a crab is molting, don't mess around in that area so as not to disturb his cave and air.
     
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    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    It's never too deep. They will stop when they are deep enough.
     
  4. Enj

    Enj "Never Molted"

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    Well i was having a LOT of failed moults and i thought maybe they dug too far down and couldn;t get back up.... i am not sure. It's about 3 inches now (so twice the height of my biggest crab), have also installed an Exo Terra waterfall and beach sand in the cool end. Humidity os like 80 - 90 percent and have a lot of condensation, so i cam thinking about putting back some more substrate to even it out.
     
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    timebandit (Large Crab)

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    EE is a light substrate. It is not like sand. Very easy to get out of and to get air. It is not dense like sand.You can put as much as you want. I have 6 crabs and only one of them went to the bottom that I know of and my ee was 6in and at least 8 in some spots.And I have only med. size crabs. The ee is about 4x the size of their shell.
     
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