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Just keep it still until they got better. I guess the covering works too.
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Are we weird for finding crabs cute? Almost everyone I've told about them says ew or looks at me with a judgemental face. xD I like them. Only one person out of everyone said they were cool. I unintentionally convinced him to try them. I'm not sure how that's going to work out.. I'm hoping he does it right. I may have to tag along with him.

I also finally got a very large refund from a samurai breeding pair that was DOA about a month ago.. I'm going to get a heating mat anyway and just keep it for when I need it since I have the extra money now.

After reading up a bit more, they can also eat live food such as crickets and worms. My job sells crickets for like 14 cents per cricket. I may buy two or three to see if they'll eat it. On Friday I'll buy them some mealworms. I wonder if my giants can eat a mealworm if I cut it up? Hmm..
Haha I don't think so, I've always found them really cute! What all does it take to keep them? I'd love to try my hand at keeping them one day.


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Haha I don't think so, I've always found them really cute! What all does it take to keep them? I'd love to try my hand at keeping them one day.
It seems complicated at first, but it makes sense after getting everything together and is a lot like housing fish in a way.

A 5.5g is good for two medium sized crabs. They need substrate deep enough to bury themselves, whether that substrate is soil or sand (it's better to mix the two). They can eat pretty much anything as long as it doesn't have seasoning, they're not picky eaters. Apparently they love popcorn, but if you're going to try that make sure it's not buttered popcorn. They like company so three are recommended (which is why a 10g is better for them). They need temperatures between 70-85, and humidity at 70-85%. Any humidity below 70% will cause them to suffocate slowly. Lots of shells, lots of places to climb, and keep a small isolation tank for emergencies. Their permanent tank needs to be able to hold humidity and heat well but let fresh air in, so anything open isn't recommended.

This is a pretty good general guide, a lot of it is the same in every other source.
How to Care for Hermit Crabs (with Pictures) - wikiHow
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It seems complicated at first, but it makes sense after getting everything together and is a lot like housing fish in a way.

A 5.5g is good for two medium sized crabs. They need substrate deep enough to bury themselves, whether that substrate is soil or sand (it's better to mix the two). They can eat pretty much anything as long as it doesn't have seasoning, they're not picky eaters. Apparently they love popcorn, but if you're going to try that make sure it's not buttered popcorn. They like company so three are recommended (which is why a 10g is better for them). They need temperatures between 70-85, and humidity at 70-85%. Any humidity below 70% will cause them to suffocate slowly. Lots of shells, lots of places to climb, and keep a small isolation tank for emergencies. Their permanent tank needs to be able to hold humidity and heat well but let fresh air in, so anything open isn't recommended.

This is a pretty good general guide, a lot of it is the same in every other source.
How to Care for Hermit Crabs (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Thanks!! Maybe I can keep some someday. I'm always confused about the humidity though, how do you keep it humid in there? Just by spraying them? Is there a humidity gauge that you can buy? I've seen heat mats at Pet Smart, would those work for keeping them warm, or is room temp OK? Any tank and lid recommendations?


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Well the best way is to spray them occasionally. They do sell humidity gauges. The one I have is a thermometer and humidity gauge in one, so I don't have to worry about a separate thermometer. It's by Zoo Med.
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You have to get things that keep humidity in. The soil I have in my tank holds humidity well, and the climbing wall is also designed to hold humidity. Without those things, you just need to spray them more often.

Those heating mats work fine. If you don't have heated rooms, it's necessary since their temp range is basically the same as Bettas. Mine stays stable in the right range because it's right against the heating vent.

For lids, mine just has the standard terrarium mesh lid with a basic 10g led aquarium hood over it to keep humidity and heat in. Any good you get needs to be able to keep it hot and humid, but also allow fresh air to get in.

PetSmart sells a kit that has the 10g and all the basics for $56. The only thing the kit didn't really have was climbing toys, which I has to buy separately. It came with the two water conditioners, food and water bowls, the mesh screen, food, mineral blocks, soil, and sand. The only thing you may need in addition to that is another bowl for the salt water since you need one for fresh and one for salt. This is the kit.
Zoo Med? Reptihabitat Hermit Crab Habitat | reptile Terrariums | PetSmart

I know it says $61 but at my store it was $56 on the shelf. It may differ by state.
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I didn't even realize this Betta had been shipped but.. Dual700 replaced the gold dragon that jumped. It came today. I moved Tiki to a 3g at the new apartment. I drip acclimated him this time, I didn't want to take a chance moving him to the death Spec V so a 3g will have to suffice for now. So I moved the new one to his tank to give it some recovery time before bringing it to the apartment too.

I can't tell if it's male or female. It looks male but female at the same time. xD
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Thank you so much for all the info!

And congrats on the new boy/girl! He/she is really pretty! The ventrals almost point to female, did you ask Dual700 what he/she is?


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No problem, I like to introduce people into new hobbies.

I very much think it's female, the beard is small for a male in addition to the vents. I don't care either way, I've been looking for a gold dragon, male or female. I'll ask when I get home, for some reason emails never send on 4G on my phone. :/


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It's a male, but a feminine male. xD Maybe he'll mature and look more manly. I do like his color, though.


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Do you know how old he is? Maybe he's just a late developer.


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