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Old 05-20-2011, 12:41 PM   #1
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The Beginning: Crab Setup!!

I finally got around to sticking my acrylic, in the tank today! Yay me! It passed its leak test too, which I was doubly proud of, because me and aquarium sealant don't usually get along lol. I have no idea what to do from here on though, stick a bunch of things in the tank and see how it looks I guess haha

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Old 05-20-2011, 12:56 PM   #2
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What types of crabs are you planning on keeping? And what's the shelf layer for? LOL I'm curious, only know about my hermit crabs.
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Vampire crabs. Well only one atm, the other decided to do a Houdini act last night and I haven't found her The shelf layer isn't anything but a piece of glass, that came with the tank lol I think its for a condensation tray or something. I took the other off but after the mess it left, I decided to leave the other on lol.
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You could probably make it a cool ledge or something for the crabs to climb up. How big do vampire crabs get?
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Yeah I was thinking about doing that with the other piece, but then had an idea about dried bamboo sticks lol I think they get to about 3-4 inches.
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Wow thats pretty cool. I have a 3 inch hermit crab in my 55g sw tank. He's HUGE! i was thinking on moving him to his own tank since he is constantly knocking things down.

make sure you post some pictures when you get further along, sounds really unique and interesting!
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Desperation is slowly taking over. I did plan on using a mixture of peat moss and orchid bark on the land side, however for the life of me I can't find peat moss anywhere; in stores or online! Even normal compost/soil no longer has peat in it, so yet again I am back to the drawing board.

I don't really want to use sand but I'm the very impatient type and I actually have the play sand, I just wonder what it would look like topped with orchid bark. Anyone have any other suggestions, for a damsel in distress? haha

I've also noticed that the "dry side" isn't so dry. As the humidity levels have to be high, the water on the lid is dripping and causing a small pond on the "dry side" not sure what to do about that :S
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Any nursery or home improvement store that sells plants should sell peat moss in a big square bag.
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What the heck..you didn't tell me about this thread! I never look over in this section lol.

They don't get that big..their body won't get more than about 1.5" wide, I do believe.

That humidity is great, exactly what they need!

You want to use Sphagnum moss - the type from the pet store not the home store - I think. At least I didn't hear of anyone using the other stuff. It's crucial you use something for calcium in the substrate mix..either aragonite or you could use a calci-sand like I did
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Haha, I didn't think to let you know, I'm sorry lol

If the humidity is that high though, won't the dry side get really soaking wet?

I didn't know Sphagnum moss would be found in pet stores, I've never come across it anyway but then I've never looked for it before lol I was actually looking for calcium last night, I was debating getting calcium blocks that birds use;not cuttlefish but I didn't know if that would be enough for them and I also looked at calcium sand for reptiles. Not sure which one to go for though lol

Bad news... my vampire crab molted for the first time last night; I just found her inside a terracotta plant ring thing, which was weird cause for the last 4 days she's just been just sitting on a plant out of the water. Anyway.... I noticed she was really quite pink and so I picked up the ring carefully to get a better look and she didn't move, so I think she's quite possibly as dead as a doornail So no vampire crabs left for me
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