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  1. Good to hear. I was thinking about ordering from one of those places the next time I need shells.The last time I bought some one was $8 and the other was $12 and for the same sizes they are about half that from those places.
  2. 10 gallon is good for tiny or smalls but once they start growing they will need a bigger tank. Once they reach jumbo size they should really have 12 inches of substrate plus at that size they need a large footprint just to be able to move. Many people convert pieces of furniture like old entertainment centers, or display cases or even make their own since buying large (100+ gallons) can be very expensive. I myself have decided to no longer buy a hermit crab, if the demand for them lowers hopefully they will stop taking so many from the wild. From what I have read the numbers are dropping very low compared to how many there used to be. Some places have actually banned people from taking them or you need a permit and are only allowed to take so many. There is always to option to adopt/ rescue though if after you look into the care needed and still want them. This is a great website if you want to start reading up on their care, http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/index.php In very large tanks some people use smaller tanks, like 5 gallons and have them as mini aquariums for their water dishes that if you ever decide to get into crabs is always an option if you want emerged plants. Oh and if it's in the tank they will eat it. They may devour it or just nibble but they taste everything they can.
  3. I understand your reasons for wanting to replace your substrate. If it smells then it isn't healthy substrate and something does need to be done. I'm not sure what type of sand you use but if it's calci sand or other sand marketed for hermit crabs that stuff is known to smell once it gets wet and has a tendency to harden which can be deadly if your crabs get trapped under it. Plain ol play sand from home improvement stores is the cheapest and most commonly used sand. There are harmful and unharmful mites. The harmful ones usually only get in your tank when you buy a new crab and don't quarantine it first. The unharmful ones may also be brought in from a new crab or ones like food mites could be from leaving food in there too long. So constantly replacing the substrate isn't going to have an effect on either type of mite. Not saying you do replace too often I just don't think it's a good idea unless it needs to be done like yours may need to be. I think of my substrate like a cycled filter you don't want to throw that out and start all over unless it's absolutely necessary. I have had my own experience with mites. I rescued 2 crabs a year ago. Someone brought them over around midnight and it was freezing out. They were in a kritter keeper with no food or water and the substrate was just about an inch of mostly dry eco earth. Since it was so late and I was already in bed I was just going to put the KK in my tank and deal with them in the morning but I felt bad that they had no food or water so decided to give them some. While I was taking out their empty dishes I noticed some weird looking cluster in the substrate which made me take a closer look at the crabs themselves. The one had TINY little white spots on its eyes. At first I thought it was sand but I couldn't get them to budge. So I throw out everything in their KK and left them in a bare tank until morning when I was more awake and could see better. I noticed they both were covered in mites and I am so glad I didn't put them in my tank. It took a couple months of a sterile environment and daily baths (which I never normally do) and after a while of nothing helping I felt bad keeping them in a tank which no substrate so I added a few inches of sand and replaced it every 2 days. After a month or so of that they finally dug down and molted. After they came up they were completely mite free. I don't know if the baths had killed them but they were still attached until the crabs shed their exo or what but I replaced everything (substrate, bowls and decor) again and moved them into a bigger tank. I still keep them away from my others, just in case, but it's been a year now and no visible mites have returned. I do on occasion see some book lice climbing around on my wood but they are actually helpful since they eat stuff like mold that may grow. I have seen them on and off for years and since they normally are found in houses and don't harm the crabs they are fine. Have you thought about adding more things for your guys to climb on? I have no knowledge of Es, other then what I read, but I know my PPs love to climb. I have 2 plastic baskets attached to the glass high up with a bridge I made from hemp to attach them to each other along with things like cholla and plants. I use the one basket mainly as a shell pit to keep them some what clean and off the substrate and the other I have as a moss pit. If my guys are up that is usually where they can be found sleeping during the day. It can help with the humidity if you have problems keeping it up around 80, I know I do in the winter months. They also like to eat it.
  4. I have had my tank set up for jeez maybe 5 years or so now and I have never thrown out the substrate. I add more and add water to re moisten and mix it up real good but just like fish tanks bacteria grows and helps with the poo and any uneaten food that may get mixed up in the substrate. Believe it or not many people actually add bugs like roly polys to the their tanks to help with that even more. The only time I have read when the substrate needed to be thrown out was because it flooded and mold developed. I have only ever had purple pinchers but from what I have read Es can sometimes be aggressive and have been known to kill their tank mates, especially those of other species. No one is really sure but they think all species speak differently and they aren't able to communicate with other species as they can with their own which may also come into play. It could have just been because the crab that came up still had that fresh molt smell but it's something to keep an eye out for. I have never heard about anyone feeding their crabs snake shed. I don't plan on having a snake but it is interesting and something I will keep in mind. As far as pellets go I personally don't feed my crabs any food like that. There are so many preservative and other things that just aren't good for the crabs. Not saying all food like that is, it's just easier for me to not mess with it and feed mine fresh or freeze dried foods. Btw I love the pic. I have heard Es can be very active and sometimes just down right destructive, lol.
  5. They may be molting or they may just be de-stressing. Going from one environment to another type, even if the care is way better, can be stressful and the best way for them to de-stress is to dig under. Even if you never see them come up make sure the temp and humidity is always correct and that they have fresh clean water and food just in case they are coming up and digging back down in the middle of the night. As far as shells go I'm from the US and from what I heard we have it a little easier than you guys up north. I did a quick search and from what I understand both http://www.deltonaseashells.com/ and http://www.naplesseashellcompany.com/ ship up there but the shipping seems to be high. Neither of them specialize in shells for hermit crabs so you need to know what you need and make sure you are getting what you think you're getting. Always look at the opening size not the over all size when buying. I have never ordered from either place but I have heard both good and bad reviews for both places. Since they don't specialize in shells for hermit crabs they aren't always exact in the measurements so if you need a specific size they can both be iffy and you may get a shell a little smaller or bigger. But if you just need a range of sizes from what I heard they are both OK. Do you know what type of shells your crabs like? I have the more common type which normally go by the name Purple Pincher, which your one looks like. They like more round openings and turbos are the best shell type. But of course there is always the possibility that they may like a type that isn't the norm. Here is a good link that shows the different types of shells and which are more liked versus least popular. http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=92552
  6. I don't have those crabs, and never have, but someone on another thread I'm a member of has a couple different types of crabs in a tank with guppies. It's a crab tank that she added the guppies to not a guppy tank that she added crabs to. She seems excited when they breed but I don't think she has much experience with them. I have had guppies for what seems like forever and yes they breed worse than bunnies. But an easy way to avoid that is to just get males. They look better anyway IMO.
  7. Looks very nice. I like the natural look as well as your second level. The only problem I see, which could just be the angle of the pic, is it doesn't look deep enough. It should be 6in or 3 times the height of the largest crab, which ever is deeper. Oh and I have both the green bowl and the bowl in the front right. I usually always have that green one filled with worm castings, which crabs love btw.
  8. I forgot I wanted to say something about the substrate itself. I use a mix of both eco earth and sand. The exact amounts of each I have no idea. It has been years since I first added the bulk of it and over time not only does it settle but when I clean out the water and food dishes I end out throwing some out and I have to add more. Some times I may add both or I may add just sand or just eco earth. I mix rehydrate my eco earth with salt water, the same mix and I use for their water but after that I don't ever add any more salt water to the substrate. Since it doesn't evaporate the salt concentration will become too high and I have heard that it can be very dangerous to the crabs. So I mist and rehydrate (to sand castle consistency) with plain dechlorinated tap, again the same stuff I use for their plain water. You should never have throw out and replace all your substrate unless something seriously went wrong like a flooding and even then I have heard people just dry it out in the oven and reuse it. What ever you do don't use that sand that is sold for hermit crabs. It can be very dangerous since it can become hard and trap your crabs under. The cheapest thing to do is get some play sand from a home improvement store. Just get a bag that is dry. Some people rinse it or bake it or both before they use it. I get my sand from the beach so all I do it check it for things like glass and stuff. Oh and if it wasn't mentioned the heat should be around 80 and the humidity should be around 80. They sell gauges for both at petstores but you can get them cheaper from a place like Walmart. Anyway again, have fun
  9. Awesome crab! I have been keeping hermit crabs for about 10 years or so now. I think that's how long I have had my oldest one anyway. She looks to be about the same size as yours. I have 4 in a 29 gallon tank and need to upgrade to something larger so I can have the substrate deeper. Right now I have it at about 9in and I don't feel like it's deep enough for my biggest. It should 6in or 3 times the height of your biggest, which ever is deeper. I don't know how deep you have yours but a 10 gallon, even for 1 crab the size you have, is too small. It's very difficult to have enough substrate as well as both water dishes, which should be deep enough for the largest crab to fully submerge, a food dish as well as hideys and things to climb on in a tank that small. I have seen many people who use those large plastic containers and they can work out great. I don't know if it's allowed but I am a member of a site that is all about hermit crabs and the people over there are very nice and helpful. If it's ok the site is, http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/index.php They can help you with ideas on decorating, second levels (I use plastic baskets suction cupped to the glass) and things like what to feed and what not to feed, like commercial hermit crab food. It's usually loaded with bad things and fresh foods are way healthier and if you give them scraps of what you eat way cheaper too. Also, they need at least 3 extra shells each to switch into. The larger the shell the more they cost but there are websites that have them cheaper than others. Some people are also lucky enough to find nice ones in craft stores and dollar stores near them. But again the people over on that site and help with all of that. Oh and plants to decorate with don't get ones from the pet store unless that is your only choice. I think you said you live far from places so I don't know how many store options you have but the plants from the dollar store are WAY cheaper than the ones sold as places like Petsmart and Petco and usually look better too. The dollar store is your friend when you have crabs. Not only can you get shells (maybe) and plants but you can get the water and food dishes there as well as baskets for second levels. Anyway I hope you have fun and enjoy your new hermit crabs
  10. I got a 46 gallon bow front from craigslist a couple weeks ago which had hard water stains on the inside, outside and completely covering the glass hood both top and bottom. I don't know how any light passed through it when they were still using it. I used full strength vinegar with a little baking soda and a scraper used to scrape algae off. Some spots took a little more elbow grease then others but it did eventually all come off. My trim is also the fake wook look instead of the black but mine is the darker brown. I was going to use some sort of paint to cover it up but I didn't know what would be safe so it is what is it now since I already put my fish in it.
  11. Thought I would add that I did do a water change today and the nitrates were in between the 20 and 40 colors so that is why I said 30ish and that was before I did the water change. But since out of the tap the nitrates are around 15 that is why I said 30ish isn't that bad. I also went and actually looked to see how much I actually take out each water change, it's more then 50% but not quite 75% so I guess maybe around 65% every 1 -2 weeks. It really depends on how busy I am. He was laying on the bottom when I just went to check but when another fish went over to him to peck at the bottom of the tank near him is started swimming again. The one thing on his side looks like it has a little dark spot right in the center and it looks a little smaller. I don't know if maybe it popped or if the PraziPro is doing something.
  12. I know they are overstocked but it is the best I can do for them and 55 gallons is better then they were in for a couple years. 30 actually isn't that bad since I have nitrates in my tap and I have been doing my water changes like this since I have had them for almost 5 years. Yes I know I could do more but I don't think I'm doing that bad either. Thanks for posting though
  13. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level?0 [*]Nitrate level?30ish [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?7.5 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?7.5 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Tetra Laborett Deluxe Test Kit; drops [*]Water temperature?72 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?55 gal; more then a year [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)?2 Aquaclear 70 (300 gph each) [*]How often do you change the water and how much?around half every 1 - 2 weeks [*]How many fish in the tank and their size?3 commons averaging 7in each [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often?Omega One floating pellets twice a day; 12 hours apart [*]Any new fish added to the tank?no [*]Any medications added to the tank?I just added PraziPro this morning, it's the only thing I have on hand and thought it wouldn't hurt [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? One side looks like craters and the other side looks like a funky looking zit. When the fish went under the light at the top you can sort of see in the fish and it looks like there are more of whatever these things are under the surface. He is also looking thin and IME that is never good and I have never had any fish come back from it. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? I noticed the other day he was hanging out at the surface of the water more then usual and gulping a little and now today he is laying on the bottom. Another one of my fish had what looks to be the same thing around a year ago but she never got thin looking and it eventually just went away and she is still fine to this day. They share the same tank but when she had them the others where fine and showed no symptoms. Now it's him with whatever this is but he isn't handling it so well. I do have pics but the camera that I was using isn't very good, you can see what I'm worried about though. BTW, it's a mirrored background This one you can see the zit looking thing. Where the scales are missing is where these things were but were much smaller in size before they fell off or popped or whatever happens to them when they disappear. They started showing up around a week ago but he showed no other symptoms so I didn't think it was anything serious. This one you can see the dark spot near the top of the back, that is the thing inside of him. This one you can see where he had one and now it's just a crater. What is it and what can I do to save my fish?
  14. My nitrates are 10 straight from the tap, in the tank they are usually 20. I thought about separating the fish but if it was something bacterial then I thought it would be better to treat both even if the other isn't showing any signs. I'll keep my eye out for some anubias or any plant that doesn't look like it's already dying and covered in snails.
  15. Sorry it took so long for the video, for some reason photobucket kept having problems with it uploading and I had to keep picking lower resolutions for it to upload so it looks grainy now. But if you look closely you may be able to see the redness on her right side and a couple white spots on her dorsal fin that I'm assuming are just from too much air contact. I will put the espom salt in now and start feeding peas later today as I need to go buy some more. I just felt her and she feels pretty normal to me, not rock hard but no where near soft either. I will keep my eye at for any poop too. If she isn't constipated and doesn't have any sort of bacterial problem that is causing her to float do you think she all of a sudden got very sensitive to nitrates? I know mine aren't perfect but I never really thought they were bad either. She was never exposed to any high ammonia, nitrite or nitrate at least while in my care and I had had her for a while now. I only have 2 fish and a couple snails in a 29 gallon tank and I don't over feed. I'm still planning on getting some plants to help with the nitrates, is there a particular plant that is better then others? I also plan on taking the snails out and putting them in their own tank just to help the water quality a little more. Is there anything else I can do? I feel sorry for her that she spends so much time floating.
  16. Thank you guys for replying. This morning she only has a little line of redness which I believe is from how she floats next to the breeding box. I was hoping by putting the breeding box in there it would keep her from floating at the surface but I guess it's not working very well and I will try to figure some other way to keep her down. I will also try and get a hold of her to feel her for softness but I have noticed even though she doesn't actually wedge herself between the glass and the box (I have it taped so it doesn't move so she has room on both sides of her) that it seems to be flattening her sides. Since she does tend to float on her sides (not always the same side) she does press against the sides and I just sort of thought because of her floating the pressure could be pushing her side enough to make it flat but maybe she is a little soft. I keep checking to see if she starts to pinecone but like I said it looks like she's flattening more then anything. I haven't seen any poop in tank tank, the filter does a good job at getting rid of it so I don't know if she is pooping. The last time I remember seeing any was when I fed peas and for some reason those turds always hang out for awhile before getting sucked in. I'll fast and feed the peas again just to check for constipation and I will get some Jungle anti-bacterial to feed after peas. Or should I just put in some epsom salt and feed the Jungle anti-bacterial now? It's been a while since I used espom salt, should I put it all in at once or a little at a time like normal salt? The other fish that is in with her seems perfectly fine although she does seem a bit lost as she used to be the pearlscales shadow. I took a quick video and will post it once I upload it from my camera. It shows her swimming while searching the bottom for food even though I didn't put any in. After she stopped she went right up to her spot to float and hasn't moved since, it's been around 30 mins now.
  17. She's getting red now on both sides as well as her dorsal fin but they seem to be going away as fast as they come. I guess it just depends on what side she floats on. I would still like to know if there is anything I can do to help her. I picked up some maracyn 2, only had enough money for either that or maracyn 1 at the time but if I need maracyn 1 I can go pick that up too or anything else I need. The only experience I have with a fish floating was one (a goldfish) that had dropsy and one (a betta) that had a growing lump, both ended up dying. I don't want her to end up that way too. I already fasted her, fed her peas and now I soak her sinking pellets when I feed to make sure she gets no more air in her. I used to feed morning and night but stopped feeding in the morning since when she eats she tends to be more buoyant even though she always floats, she just looks to have a harder time swimming back down after she eats. Can someone please give me some advice on what I can do to help her?
  18. I say get him and give him a better life even if only for a while, but I don't think it's so bad as he will die from it. He has lived this long being in a crowded pet store tank with other fish picking at him, having is own tank with nice clean water will only help.
  19. The redness seems to be fading so I guess it was only from her floating even though I didn't ever see her float on that side. She is still floating though and I would like some help on finding out what is causing it.
  20. Could something bacterial be causing her to float? Should I try maracyn? 1 or 2 or both? Do I need to make sure no prazi is left before I use it?
  21. Here is a pic of her floating between the glass and the breeding box. See how it forces her to stay upright and keeps her in the water? This is how she spends most of her time when she isn't searching the bottom for food.
  22. OK, I'll hold off on adding anything until someone else comes along.
  23. So I'm able to salt while I have prazi in there?
  24. Thanks for replying. When I treated with the prazipro she didn't have any red on her yet, it was just because she was floating and all the threads I had read on here about a fish floating someone mentioned treating with prazipro in case of flukes. One of the first things I did when I noticed her floating was test the water for nitrates to see if they were high because she may be sensitive but they weren't any different then usual but I did do a water change anyway. I would really like to get my nitrates lower but they come out of the tap no lower then 10. I was thinking about getting plants to maybe help with that but all the ones I saw at the 2 stores I went to were covered in snails and I would really rather not add them to the tank. I have been trying to grow bulbs for the past couple months but they keep getting fungus on them. Do you think maybe that has something to do with the fishes problems? Since there is still some prazipro in the water I don't know what I can put in to treat her redness, if there is anything I can add while that's in there.
  25. Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 20 Ph Level, (If possible, KH and GH and chloramines)? ph= 7.0, gh=150 Ph Level out of the Tap? 7.0 Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?) Tetratest Laborett (drops) [*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 29, used to be a 20long but I upgraded and moved everything over a couple months ago [*]What is the name and size of the filter/s? Penguin 350 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? I usually do it every week (50%) to 2 weeks (75%) [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 pearlscale (fish that is floating) and 1 calico telescope both around 2 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]Any medications added to the tank? Prazipro [*]Add any new fish to the tank? none [*]What do you feed your fish? Omega One sinking pellets [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? none [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect. I noticed around 2 weeks ago she was hanging out at the top back corner of the tank but didn't think much of it other then it must be her new sleeping spot because whenever she saw me she swam fine. A week ago I noticed her in the same corner but she was floating on her side and when she saw me it looked like she was having a little difficulty righting herself. I came on here the day I noticed her on her side and read a little and saw people requesting Prazipro so I went out and got some and put it in that day. I fasted her as well for 3 days and fed peas. She still floated but was usually on her back and only occasionally on her side, when I started to feed the normal food again she was mostly on her side. When she swims she is fine it's only when she stops (I guess resting) that she floats. I noticed yesterday her scales are turning red and this morning they look even worse. I put a breeding trap in the tank that she sort of wedges herself next to, not like she is stuck but just enough that it keeps her upright and so she isn't exposed to the air. Here is a pic of her swimming just fine near the bottom of the tank this morning, What it causing it? Is there anything else I should get? Maybe something for the redness?
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