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sam7152004 06-28-2012 03:32 PM

Hermit Crab Help Needed ASAP!!!
I got two hermit crabs while at the shore a few weeks ago. This afternoon I went into my room (where I keep the hermit crabs) and I found the bigger of the two dead with a few legs/ his claws unattatched from his body! Please help me figure out what is going on so I can prevent this from happening to the other crab. :cry:

Olympia 06-28-2012 03:50 PM

What is their set up like?
Substrate? Fresh water? Salt water? Lot's of shells? Tank size?
Do you know their genders?

sam7152004 06-28-2012 04:01 PM

They are dry land hermit crabs (don't know the official term) not sure of the gender, gravel, plenty of food and water (food shell full, and sponge wet/waterdish full) the only thing is I don't have extra shells yet.

Olympia 06-28-2012 04:08 PM

Do they have access to both fresh and salt water?
They need both to survive long term.

sam7152004 06-28-2012 04:10 PM

oh, I just have fresh water. the book that came with the setup didn't say anything about salt water.

Olympia 06-28-2012 04:13 PM

Yea, I guess a lot of books don't say anything.
You can buy little bottles of "hermit crab water" at pet smart, it's salt water.. Though for the long term I'd just get a regular marine salt mix and mix it up in a bucket since those bottles are pricey.
For your last little guy, when you get some salt water, put him in it right away so he knows it's there.
And look for another hermie soon, they do like to have a friend.

sam7152004 06-28-2012 04:15 PM

ok, thanks! also, is there a special way that I should sanitize the tank to get rid of any bacteria that might now be in the tank from the dead crab? I know I shouldn't use any cleaners.

Olympia 06-28-2012 04:27 PM

I don't think he left much behind, really. Their thick skin keeps things in pretty well.
While you're at it, here's a list of foods you can feed them. Usually those pellets at the store aren't amazing, and as you can tell by the huge list you can feed them pretty much anything you have lying around, just mix it up often.
Edible Food List
Good luck with him! :-D

sam7152004 06-28-2012 04:29 PM

wow, thanks!

kittycat2016 08-21-2012 08:19 PM

to clean your tank, remove everything and rinse the tank with warm water no soap! then spray it down with white vinegar and wait about 5 mins. rinse with water again, and do the same with the rest of the decorations in the tank before replacing them. make sure the tank has the required humidity level, you can but hydrometer/thermometer combos at any place that sells reptile suplies

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