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Old 05-24-2011, 02:06 PM   #11
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Well, I got bored today and felt quite "artsy" so I took some decorative rocks;from my mothers flower pots and decided to stick them to the, water side of the acrylic. At first I didn't think it would go to plan; nothing ever does for me, but to my surprise I was wrong and the outcome.... looked sort of alright Anyway....... Here are some pics of my spontaneous idea

The rocks in place, before sticking them for good!
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The rocks in completely different place, to the first pic! but siliconed down.

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From a different angle...s'cuse my scanky feet!
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All the teeny gaps filled with AS. I quite liked the look :s
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:13 PM   #12
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I've been spraying mine a couple times a day and it's not getting too wet. Is your lid 100% air tight? Maybe if water is really pooling up on the dry side you should create a small vent.

Yeah the sphagnum moss stuff is actually shockingly expensive, atleast I thought so, it's called New Zealand Sphagnum moss. Here's what it looks like:
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I lucked out and got the last 2 bags my petco had on clearance marked down to 3.48 from 14.99! Geez..it lasts a long time though and you won't even use one little bag of it. If I couldn't find anything else suitable, I was going to grind up cuttlebones and mix it in. I would do the Calci-sand like I did, choose one that says it's 100% digestible.

That's what happened to one of mine. Only it's claws were pink, but it then lost 2 legs, and was dead the next morning. It had no eyes left, so I wasn't sure if it had been murdered or died naturally. The calci-sand stuff in your substrate should help with this. We need to get as much calcium into them as we can. I'm just pray by the other time my other 3 molt they'll be able to make it through!
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:13 PM   #13
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Silicone wall, from a different angle. After I finished, I noticed the gap between the silicone and rocks
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Covered in sand. I'm starting to think this wasn't a good idea, after letting it dry and dusting off the sand, I had to re-silicone to put another layer of sand on, not so sure it will work.
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Re-silcone. Fingers crossed
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If this works and doesn't look to shabby, I think I may do the other side; only with gravel instead of sand... maybe haha
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:18 PM   #14
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LOL omg you crack me up. Your feet look fine, don't worry That looks really nice, your mom had some nice rocks hehe.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:20 PM   #15
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Hey sand is a cool idea! So wait are you putting more sand over the more silicone? or wait..i got confused?
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:25 PM   #16
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It actually has quite a big air vent but it still seems to be dripping, like nobody's business lol I actually thought the seals of the divider could be leaking, but they were as dry as a bone.

Ahhh that's why I couldn't find any online;or maybe I'm just stupid haha I typed it in Amazon and found it straight away So what do you actually do with this stuff, put it on top of sand, soil? The calcium sand I found, is £4.30 for a 2.5kg bag, not sure if thats a good but its digestible so it'll do haha What about kiwi sphagnum moss, is that sort of the same thing? lol

Ohh your too kind haha

I let the silicone dry....well I lie I dried it with a hairdryer :p and then siliconed back over the sand so I could add more, because the sand was wet and not a lot of it stuck properly the first time around. I'm not sure much more will stick to the silicone but it was worth a go and I had nothing better to do :p
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I don't think it's going to cause a problem. The sphagnum moss can hold a lot of moisture, and your plants will drink it up of course.

Oh gosh don't make me do the conversions lol...I paid 9.99US for 10lbs. I bought it locally which means I likely overpaid. I've never heard of kiwi sphagnum moss. One thing I also looked at were supplies sold from brianstropicals.com and LLLreptile.com. Even if you aren't actually ordering from them, you kinow if they are selling it that it's good stuff.

Ok I poored 25% of each into buckets: coco fiber, orchid bark (do not use other barks), calci-sand, and sphagnum moss. Mix and poor.

Ok make sure you give those layers good time to cure! It will seem dry of course before it is all the way through. I waited until about a day after it completely stopped smelling when I stuck my head in it. It took a good few days.
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Ahhh so the bark,etc gets mixed up together. I didn't know that thought it was all neatly put on top of each other haha
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Sometimes you do layer stuff like that in these type set-ups actually, but for the crabs, from what I understand, what we're really doing is making a high quality soil for them
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That makes sense hopefully that will encourage them to stay and not run away; in my case anyway haha

How are yours, are they all settled in? Do you have fish in with them?

So many questions haha
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