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Old 09-18-2012, 11:08 PM   #1 
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hermit crab sand

my friend wants to buy glow in the dark sand for her hermit crabs from petco. Pretty sure thats bad for them. Sooo?
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:25 PM   #2 
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Indeed it is. In fact, any sand called "Hermit Crab Sand" is bad for them. It clumps and smells funny when you moisten it, and dyes everything it touches. Your friend is better off buying a 50 lbs bag of play sand from a store like Lowe's and using that. Its cheaper anyways.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:28 PM   #3 
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It clumps and smells funny when you moisten it, and dyes everything it touches.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:08 PM   #4 
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Okay, thanks! She also says she wants to paint their shells with glow in the dark paint. -_-
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:10 PM   #5 
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That is a super terrible idea. Painted hermit crab shells flake off, no matter what you do and the crabs themselves eat the flakes. Even non toxic paint kills hermit crabs. They are that sensitive to it. Besides, natural shells are so much prettier than painted ones.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:50 PM   #6 
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Thanks so much! She's been dead set on painting them, I'll have to tell her.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:07 PM   #7 
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Crabby Tabby, is there a reliable website/forum of sorts on proper hermit crab care?

I mean.. no offense to the OP but if she didnt know this (i didnt know either xD) then Im wondering if we should look up general care info.

Im also curious about proper care myself, I had hermit crabs when I was younger and i probably took awful care of them unknowingly.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:16 PM   #8 
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Crabby Tabby, is there a reliable website/forum of sorts on proper hermit crab care?

I mean.. no offense to the OP but if she didnt know this (i didnt know either xD) then Im wondering if we should look up general care info.

Im also curious about proper care myself, I had hermit crabs when I was younger and i probably took awful care of them unknowingly.

HCA is the hermit crab forum http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com and http://www.hermitcrabpatch.com/default.asp is also a good resource
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:11 PM   #9 
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Thanks for the links!
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:35 PM   #10 
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not a problem, would love to see other peoples crabs if anyone has any.
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