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So, I built my hermit crabs a "crab cabin" and just wanted to share.
By the way, if you have a great hermit crab building or awesome terrarium, please post.
 

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Nice, I just made a 10 gallon. Planning on 3 small crabs, then upgrading as they grow. Right now I have a seaside theme. I have a pothos covered with grape-wood next to a pile of shells, and a coconut shell with a spider plant on each side. I have a problem, though. Does anyone know how to keep plants with hermits? They need watering, which will mold the sand. I was thinking about tiny terracotta pots for the spider plants.
 

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Interesting, that's very creative
What are your crabs being kept in all the time?

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You really have to be sure that the plants are safe for the crabs, they will eat them most likely.
Watering wouldn't be an option, the sand will flood, and you cannot water plants when possible molters are underground, excess water collapses tunnels.
I don't really recommend live plants, they will either die from extremely in temperature and humidity or be picked to shreds. Instead, use plastic or silk plants.

Here are some photos of my tank, and a few crabs
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Love it Aqua 59, what a cute idea! Nice job! Hermit crabs seem like they would be a hoot to keep. Maybe some day...

Fanatic, is that an exercise wheel in there? Forgive my ignorance if it is not . Love your tank, looks like crab heaven!
 

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Cherie G said:
Love it Aqua 59, what a cute idea! Nice job! Hermit crabs seem like they would be a hoot to keep. Maybe some day...

Fanatic, is that an exercise wheel in there? Forgive my ignorance if it is not . Love your tank, looks like crab heaven!
Yes, it's a hamster wheel
 
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My hermit crabs love to explore- anybody have any ideas what to build for them next?
 

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Rtessy said:
Wow nice! That's so funny, I made one for my betta last week!!
Sorry don't meant to divert the theme of this thread but what is that little betta cabin made out of? It's adorable!
 

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Cherie G said:
Sorry don't meant to divert the theme of this thread but what is that little betta cabin made out of? It's adorable!
Polymer clay, I used sculpey. Since it broke in a few places I had to use aquarium silicone so I'm testing it with some pond snails first to make sure it's still safe.

I'm really loving all these crabitats (can I call them that?), You guys are really making me want some! What's a good tank size for some hermit crabs?
 

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What is the minimum size tank for a single hermit? I think they're cool, but wouldn't want to limit them. All of these tanks are awesome. Definitely nice to see when all the advertisements in petstores are just half gallon plastic tanks.
 

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What is the minimum size tank for a single hermit? I think they're cool, but wouldn't want to limit them. All of these tanks are awesome. Definitely nice to see when all the advertisements in petstores are just half gallon plastic tanks.
Well, you have to have multiple hermits. They are very social. Min of 3 recommended. For 3, you need a 20 gallon
 

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alliemac said:
What is the minimum size tank for a single hermit? I think they're cool, but wouldn't want to limit them. All of these tanks are awesome. Definitely nice to see when all the advertisements in petstores are just half gallon plastic tanks.
Well, they are social, so they need to be in groups of two or more.
I wouldn't put a crab in anything smaller than a ten gallon, smaller tanks aren't tall enough for the amount of substrate they require.
You can keep two in a ten gallon for a couple years without issues, but any more than that will outgrow a tank and require larger tanks with a deeper substrate.
 

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Ohh. I did not know they needed to be in groups. No pet store ever mentions that. My boyfriend is going to be so mad when we get a house because I'm probably going to have like 50 tanks all around.
 

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Also, Fanatic, I was getting 3 for a 10 gallon (Will upgrade) Do you know if hermit crabs can access top floors? I am thinking of making a second floor with cardboard and putting a moss pit up there.
 

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alliemac, I was wondering how you are a valued member. I was curious. How does ranking work?
 

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UglyAsian said:
Also, Fanatic, I was getting 3 for a 10 gallon (Will upgrade) Do you know if hermit crabs can access top floors? I am thinking of making a second floor with cardboard and putting a moss pit up there.
Yes, they will climb everywhere!
Cardboard will quickly become mush in a humid environment.

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alliemac, I was wondering how you are a valued member. I was curious. How does ranking work?
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If you have any questions, please try asking me or join the hermit crab forum.

(The Hermit Crab Association)
 

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Oh. So for the second floor maybe I could use egg crate
That will also become mushy, it's cardboard too.
I recommend using reptile hammocks or building something from a safe wood.
Personally, I do not like second floors, they take up too much space, instead, I use a ton of plastic plants to provide areas to climb.
 

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alliemac, I was wondering how you are a valued member. I was curious. How does ranking work?
I have no idea. Haha. I just post all around the site. You have more than me so I think I'm a lower version member on the totem pole.

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