A Little Something Less Fishy

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You may or may not know that I don't only keep fish, but hermit crabs as well.
I have been keeping them since 2015, and now I have a 55 gallon tank with a 20 gallon topper.
Here are some of my most recent pictures for you to look at

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Enjoy! Feel free to ask questions if you have any.
 
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The tanks look very nice, I bet the crabs love them! I imagine they also really enjoy that big thing of shells you have for them, must be like a kid in a candy store for them lol
 
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I LOVE thee hermit crabs
 
stella1979
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Very cool! Nice work Fanatic. What's the sphagnum moss for?
 
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Thanks! Yes, they love the shells, which I have them on video investigating them last night.

Stella, glad to see you noticed my moss, and it is used for them to burrow in, eat, or add humidity to the tank
 
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I used to have hermit crabs in the 40 gallon a few years ago. Had them for 5 years but there was a power outage in the winter and the cold killed them. I miss them but if I got them again they’d only be in a 10 gallon and that’s not much room after you put a few inches of bedding. I’m glad I’m not the only crazy crab person here your set up is awesome by the way
 
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But of course I noticed your moss Fanatic. Perhaps you don't know this about me, but I am a bit of a fanatic for orchids! I've always got a little sphagnum moss hanging around and even have a favorite brand... Besgrow Sphagmoss. It's good stuff, harvested from New Zealand, and doesn't break down as fast as the kind available at most big box stores.

I'd imagine that you might have the same troubles with moss that I do. It is under lighting after all, so I wonder if you have problems with it growing algae? My moss gets the double whammy of lighting and ferts, so turns green pretty fast. Not an immediate problem, but if algae growth is excessive enough, it may smother delicate roots... and, beyond loving my girls, (plants), I've invested a lot of time and money in orchids (though not as much as I do in fish tanks), so no root death allowed!

Hmm, though, perhaps you don't have the same problem. Personally, I've never seen such a clean crabby enclosure and from my inexperienced perspective, it looks to be a real crabby playground. I'm also a crafter, so immediately noticed the plastic canvas. I suppose that is there to give the crabs some grip in the pool, yes?
 
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Vaughn said:
I used to have hermit crabs in the 40 gallon a few years ago. Had them for 5 years but there was a power outage in the winter and the cold killed them. I miss them but if I got them again they’d only be in a 10 gallon and that’s not much room after you put a few inches of bedding. I’m glad I’m not the only crazy crab person here your set up is awesome by the way
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But of course I noticed your moss Fanatic. Perhaps you don't know this about me, but I am a bit of a fanatic for orchids! I've always got a little sphagnum moss hanging around and even have a favorite brand... Besgrow Sphagmoss. It's good stuff, harvested from New Zealand, and doesn't break down as fast as the kind available at most big box stores.

I'd imagine that you might have the same troubles with moss that I do. It is under lighting after all, so I wonder if you have problems with it growing algae? My moss gets the double whammy of lighting and ferts, so turns green pretty fast. Not an immediate problem, but if algae growth is excessive enough, it may smother delicate roots... and, beyond loving my girls, (plants), I've invested a lot of time and money in orchids (though not as much as I do in fish tanks), so no root death allowed!

Hmm, though, perhaps you don't have the same problem. Personally, I've never seen such a clean crabby enclosure and from my inexperienced perspective, it looks to be a real crabby playground. I'm also a crafter, so immediately noticed the plastic canvas. I suppose that is there to give the crabs some grip in the pool, yes?
The cold is the worst time for hermit crabs, because it can get cold even with a heater, and I haven’t gotten around to making their insulator for the heater pad on back. The cold scares me, but I do know that a small fluctuation from day to night is good for them, it just scares me when it goes below 77, it’s 75 as of now in the early morning. It should warm up pretty nicely with the room heater that I turn on periodically. I think I should get a fleece blanket to put over the lower side of the tank down the back and front.

The moss doesn’t grow algae actually, never thought it would. I used to use the organic moss from my local gardening store, but since they were out last time, I had to use the reptile brand. That moss is really soft, and pillowy. Yes, the mesh is all over, they love to grip onto to it for extra mobility around the unreachable areas in the tank. I am working on the computer fan for the tank, which moves air, especially the warm air that can get stuffy, so the fan will keep things moving. I saw that someone I used to follow from another forum has a fan, and his crabs love sitting on the mesh box over it. I am making my mesh box, but I need to protect the inner motor from splashes.

Editing to add, five of these crabs were shipped to me through an option, they once belonged to NLindsey921
 
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I solved the issue to my extreme tank dryness, what do we have here?

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What do we have here?? Do you mean the gap?
 
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stella1979 said:
What do we have here?? Do you mean the gap?
Yes, so I made a hinge cover from some thick tape and plastic wrap,
 
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I won the monthly calendar crab contest on The CrabStreet Journal, which is a website for hermit crabs running since 2001.

Here's the winning of my hermit crab, Nova.
He will be featured on the front page of the month of November on the calendar.

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I won the monthly calendar crab contest on The CrabStreet Journal, which is a website for hermit crabs running since 2001.

Here's the winning of my hermit crab, Nova.
He will be featured on the front page of the month of November on the calendar.

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Congrats! That's so awesome you won! Now you and Nova are super stars.
 
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Platylover said:
Congrats! That's so awesome you won! Now you and Nova are super stars.
Thanks, and yes we are! I am expecting my prize in the mail soon
 
stella1979
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Awesome! Congrats Fanatic. You deserve it.
 
Nj fish
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I have had temps lower than 70 in my tanks before. They seem to do fine.
 
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I love hermit crabs! I used to have some a long time ago, but I was probably 8-10 years old, and I really didn't understand how to take care of them. They lasted probably 1-2 months I should consider getting more. Maybe aquatic ones, and I could get the reef tank I have been dreaming of.
 
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aquanerd13 said:
I love hermit crabs! I used to have some a long time ago, but I was probably 8-10 years old, and I really didn't understand how to take care of them. They lasted probably 1-2 months I should consider getting more. Maybe aquatic ones, and I could get the reef tank I have been dreaming of.
Don't feel too bad. Pretty sure we've all made early mistakes (as adults too!) and that's how we learn.

I'm here to help if you want to make a reef tank thread!! Marine hermits are the only kind I've had and they sure are cute little dudes.
 
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aquanerd13 said:
I love hermit crabs! I used to have some a long time ago, but I was probably 8-10 years old, and I really didn't understand how to take care of them. They lasted probably 1-2 months I should consider getting more. Maybe aquatic ones, and I could get the reef tank I have been dreaming of.
Definitely do not feel like you failed, my first tank was a ten gallon with an inch of substrate and no saltwater, we all have our places to start.
 
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Thanks! What would the average startup cost for a reef tank be? I don't have a ton of money.
 

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