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 #1341737


Skullkeeper
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 Crabs keep dying, HELP !!!

My granddaughter got 3 hermit crabs for her birthday about 4 months ago . Two have died . She has one left . We would like to get her more but first want to figure out why they keep dying . She has a 10 gallon aquarium , calci sand substrate , a moist sponge in the cage , feeds dried crab food crunched up into tiny pieces and another crab food with coconut /fruits in it .The temp ranges between 70 -80 F . I am not sure about the humidity level but she does mist them everyday and bath them once a week .She uses dechloinated water .She has several different size shells in the cage ( did have several for each crab )and things for them to climb on and hide in . It seems like the two died shortly after changing to another shell . I know nothing about crabs and I am trying to help my granddaughter so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. She is 11 years old . We do not want to have any more funerals .Thanks .



07/01/07  02:50pm

 #1342663


Starlite
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  Message To: Skullkeeper   In reference to Message Id: 1341737


 Crabs keep dying, HELP !!!

are you sure there dying or molting? if a crab does a surface molt ( molt on top of the substrate instead of burying itself) the exoskeleton can look like a dead crab. if the crab just falls out of its shell when you pick it up and you thing its dead, always look in the shell for the newly molted crab, another good thing to do if if you think the crab is dead, leave it there for a few days, if it is in fact dead, there will be a strong dead fish smell. if there is no smell after a few days leave it alone, its probably molting, also if they bury themselves donít dig them up leave them alone, they will be fine down there as long as no dead fish smell, also some crabs need salt water, have your granddaughter give them a bowel of declornated salt water. you can google hermit crabs and find a lot of info of them i would find a site with a lot of info and print it out for her to have as a reference.



07/02/07  09:45am

 #1342666


Starlite
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  Message To: Starlite   In reference to Message Id: 1342663


 Crabs keep dying, HELP !!!

oh one more thing, ALL of there water has to have the clorine removed, there dringkin water, salt water, bathing water, and the water she is misting them with.



07/02/07  09:48am

 #1342978


Froggz37
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  Message To: Skullkeeper   In reference to Message Id: 1341737


 Crabs keep dying, HELP !!!

Iím sorry to say, skullkeeper, that bathing the crabs is probably having alot to do with them dying. Being bathed is very stressful to a crab. It totally throws their shell waters salinity level out of wack, stressing them. Iím also positive that the shock of being dipped in water throws off their thermo-regulation and is stressing them badly. Provide them with dishes deep enough for them to bathe themselves and things might get better.

Also the calcium sand isnt a good substrate for crabs. It can be used as a treat but playsand does much better and holding the water in the sand at equalibrium. Calci-sand will pool water at the bottom of the tank.

Is there a screen lid on the tank? You should get her a glass or plexi-glass lid and use fluoresent lighting as your light source. Most likely the humidity is too low in the tank, and that will also account for crabs not surviving. They have modified gills and those must remain moist for them to breathe properly.

You should check out some of the care articles at crabstreetjournal.com.


The crabs diet is also something your going to need to work on. Commercial foods contain ingredients that are actually detrimental to the crabs health. Epicureanhermit.com has very good information on different food items. You can purchase any foods you need at hermitcrabaddictionstore.com also.



07/02/07  02:36pm

 #1343562


ShellBabe
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  Message To: Froggz37   In reference to Message Id: 1342978


 Crabs keep dying, HELP !!!

yeah. deep water, non-commercial food (for now you can keep it but add fruits and veggies)



07/02/07  11:00pm

 #1344681


Clawedfrogsrule
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  Message To: ShellBabe   In reference to Message Id: 1343562


 Crabs keep dying, HELP !!!

The only water you mentioned was in a moist sponge, they need water dishes, one with fresh and one with saltwater. That could have been causing some problems too.



07/03/07  07:40pm

 #1345394


ShellBabe
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  Message To: Clawedfrogsrule   In reference to Message Id: 1344681


 Crabs keep dying, HELP !!!

in the dishes it is good to have a sponge so that they can get it that way too.



07/04/07  10:58am


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