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  • #803
    Gandalf
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    Yesterday I found my hermit crab in the salt water dish, out of her shell, and dead. It was a glass dish which I have replaced for fear of others drowning, and she has been with me for almost seven months.

    Can someone tell me why she died?

    #804
    Torian
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    Hm… I am sorry about your crab but I can’t really help you… But I DO have a source that can help you ASAP!! Here it is…

    • This reply was modified 9 years, 3 months ago by Stacy.
    #808
    Torian
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    OOPS!! Maybe doing that is againt the rules. DANG IT!! Sorry guys! Its to late to delete it now but…uh yah

    #811
    Gandalf
    Participant

    Thanks for your help. On Friday I picked up my hermit crab and I saw a dried body fall out! I could still see a little bit of him deep on the shell, so I threw that out, too. Now I’m worried that he was still alive! Do you think he still was? And I’m now down to one crab. Maybe it was the humidity… Please help!

    #812
    Torian
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    Im sorry to aw…. you DID throw your crab out. 🙁

    #813
    Torian
    Participant

    And uh, obviously he surface molted…

    #815
    Gandalf
    Participant

    It’s OK: I kind of doubt he was still alive. I got two new crabs (Fawkes and Cupid the II) two weeks ago and they’re  doing great! Unfortunately, I found another dead crab last night named Rocky. All three were dried up and NOT surface molters. I can tell because the bit left inside didn’t move when touched. I now think the problem was the water. I had been using bottled, and I never realized I needed to dechlorinate the water. I have done that now, and everything’s back to normal.

    Thanks for your help!

    #816
    Torian
    Participant

    Ahhh I see… Well, glad I can help anyways!

    • This reply was modified 9 years, 6 months ago by Torian.
    #824
    Shasta
    Participant

    They also sell drops that you can dechlorinate your own water, its cheaper than buying the bottle. But yes they need both salt water and dechlorinated water. I also keep a spray bottle with salt water in it that I occasionally will lightly spritz their crabbitat. If you don’t keep their cage moist and humid enough they’re gills will dry out and they will basically suffocate to death 🙁

    #831
    Stacy
    Keymaster

    Gandalf hermit crabs can die for a variety of reasons. Drowning in a dish is unlikely unless the dish was very very deep and the crab was unable to get out.  After 7 months it’s hard to say what happened to cause the death.  Are your tank conditions as they should be with proper temperature, humidity and light cycles?

    #835
    Gandalf
    Participant

    This problem has been solved.  I think it was the humidity…

    Thank you guys for your help!!!

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