Checklist for Regular Care and Maintenance of Your Hermit Crabs and the Crabitat

Originally written by Vanessa Pike-Russell

After your crabitat is set up you will have to maintain it and your crabs. Below you will find a list of what tasks should be done daily, weekly and monthly.


o Refill fresh water dish and the ocean water pond
o Empty and clean the food dish (no chemicals)
o Offer a different food each day
o Rinse sponge in water free of chlorine
o Check the humidity level is within range (50-60% or relative humidity 70-80%)
o Check the temperature of air and substrate (21-27oC or 70-80oF) and that it is stable


o Clean the bowls and dishes (without chemicals)
o Pick through the substrate for food and feces
o Give your sea sponges a good cleaning , squeeze to get any stagnant water out and leave to dry (for long life)
o Sterilize (boiling) seashells and re-offer them to crabs


o Where needed, remove all items from tank (substrate, wood, toys, dishes etc) and clean by boiling or baking
o Wipe down walls of tank with vinegar and water, or ocean water mixture. (Avoid cleaning chemicals eg. bleach)