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  • #403
    Beth
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    My big female crab Cray was showing me every sign that she was getting ready to molt.  Being moody, destructive, she tore the tank apart yesterday.  I made sure I fixed her favorite molting spot for her as she was digging in a spot that only had 1 inch of sand.   Last night, she went to her spot and started “the Dig”.  I pressed my face against the glass and wished her a safe molt.  And she dug, dug, dug……….all through the night, and before I left for work, I pressed my ear against the side of the tank to hear my sweet girl, still digging.  I resigned my self to the fact that once again, she would be molting through another Christmas.  (same as last year) not to mention our 2 year anniversary in a few weeks.  Then, she did a curious thing…………20 minutes ago, she came up.  Yes, she came back up.  Huh?  What? I came in to talk to her tankmate Tiny, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw her.  She was in the coco hut, on top of  the mound of sand, next to the hole she dug to get to the bottom of the substrate.  I couldn’t believe it!  She just sat there, looking at me, like she was saying, hi mom, how are ya?  I said, what are you doing up?  (yes, guilty of talking to them).  Of course, she didn’t answer, instead, she just decided to go back “downstairs”.  She is digging as I write.  Can anyone tell me if their crabs have ever done this before?  I guess they do what they want, when they want!  It just makes me nervous, she never did that before.  Maybe the conditions aren’t right to molt?  The only thing I did different, is I used distilled water to make the sand moist, instead of salt water.  The humidity gets too high that way.  It was just so funny, how she was just sitting there, looking at me!  Hey mom, I came up to say hi!  Too funny!

    #405
    Beth
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    Uh, oh…….she is up again!  I couldn’t help it, I picked her up and held her, she had sand all over her.  (sooo cute)  I had to ask, why are you up?  Hmmm?  No answer (of course)  I added more sand, and used the salt water, like I had before.  She decided to hide behind the large piece of mopani wood, to ponder her impending molt.  Or to hide from me……….I think she is enjoying this……………

    #411
    Jenny Velasquez
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    Haven’t had any molts yet since these 2 months that I had my Hexxus and Lexxie . They were freshly molted when I got them!! But I am here learning about molting for future reference

    #414
    Beth
    Member

    Let me tell you, molts are stressful for us as well as them!  You never know with them, they seem like they have a pattern, so you think you know just what to expect, and then, they change it!  This is Cray’s 4th molt with me.  November 21 will be 2 years since I got her from Petsmart.  Tiny my small male, has been with me for 1 year and 7 months.  I “adopted” a teeny crab from a friend, I will have him 3 months tomorrow.   My big crab takes about 7-8 weeks to molt.  She is the size of a golf ball.  Tiny is 1/4 her size and takes 3-4 weeks to molt.  Last molt was closer to 5 weeks and I was really nervous.  But, I have to learn, not all molts are going to be the same, even when there seems to be a pattern.  Just know this, they do what they want, when they want, and how they want.  I need to take my own advice!

    #415
    Beth
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    The teeny crab, Patchy, molts for about 2 weeks, he is molting now, his second one with me.  He surface molts, in a little cave.  I cover his tank with towels, provide fresh water (I used distilled) and salt water (oceanic instant sea salt) food, and I don’t bother him.  He will be up soon.  Please do not use tap water, as the chlorine will burn their gills.  I used distilled water because there is no way to get floride out of the water, even with water conditioner.  I supplement the fact that distilled water has no minerals in it with mineral supplement and foods from The Hermit Crab Patch.  Look them up, great website and the owners are wonderful.  Your crabs will go crazy for the food, and it is healthy for them, fruits and veggies, etc.  I also cook plain foods for them, plain chicken wings, plain scrambled and hard boiled eggs, NO BUTTER and use stainless steel to cook for them.  There is a list of “safe foods” on this website.  You are just “clicks” away from giving them a happy and healthy life.  Also, Carol Ormes, crab lady has had her crabs for 35 years!  Look up, Crab Lady on your computer!  One of her crabs passed last year, but the other has been with her for 36 years.  Unbelievable!

    #421
    Jenny Velasquez
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    I thought the frequency of molt times depends on crab size

    #425
    Beth
    Member

    So, my big girl decided she really is going to molt, finally.  yes, the molt does depend on the size.  Now that I used salt water to make her area molt friendly again, the tank smells musty from the salt water and sand mixed together.  I would like to move her tank mate Tiny into the new crabs tank, but he too is molting.  (Surface molt, inside of a cave)  I have a 10 gallon free, but not sure if it would stress him out to be alone in there.  20 gallon houses the new guy.  I want what is best for everybody.

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