So you want to buy a hermit crab?

Written by Stacy Griffith and originally published on All Things Crabby.com Hermit crabsNow that you’ve decided that a hermit crab is the pet for you, it’s time to make sure…

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Hermit Crab Essentials Shopping Checklist

Originally written by Vanessa Pike-Russell Hermit crabs are advertised as cheap and easy to maintain, which is not necessarily true. To keep your hermit crabs happy and healthy, you will…

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FAQ Locating an Escaped Hermit Crab

Written by Marie Davis Ebbie the compressus climbed the thermometer On occasions one may find that when they do an antenna count they seem to be missing a hermit crab?…

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Unsuitable shells for hermit crabs

Despite these hermit crabs being forced into these shells, they are NOT acceptable. These are not only covered in clear varnish but I've never seen a hermit crab voluntarily wear this type of shell.

There are a lot of shells being sold as hermit crab shells which are, in reality, not suitable at all. The obvious painted shells should be avoided at all costs but here are some other shells, painted or not, that you should not buy for your hermit crabs. Our video on choosing the right shells Suitable shells for hermit crabs How do I choose suitable shells for my hermit crab Angaria delphinus – these shells are too narrow and the spiral is wrong. These hermit crabs I found at Earthbound Trading have definitely been forced into these shells and were likely trapped. There were too many of them for me to buy them all in hopes of saving them.

Deep cleaning your crabitat

I do not know the original author of this article. You’ve set up the perfect crabitat, the hermit crabs have been roaming happily about the place for weeks, even months. You change the water and the food but now, the substrate just isn’t looking as fresh as it use to and you suspect that it might be time to do a deep clean (a total tank teardown). Crabs in the wild are in an ever-changing environment that is cleansed by the elements, like rain and running water, sun and wind. Our crabs don’t get that in their tank so it’s up to us to do it for them. Okay, how do we do it? Well first you need to decide if it’s the right time. There are several factors that you need to consider before deep cleaning the tank. How long has it been? Generally you can expect your tank to need a deep clean every 3-5 months depending on how crowded it is in there. What is the status of the colony? Is everyone up? Is there anyone you haven’t seen in awhile? Are there any new additions? You want to try to time it so that you do…