I know these aren't necessarily what this forum is made for, but I was hoping someone could help me with my two land hermit crabs.
Me and my friend own two land hermits, a small one and one that is slightly larger. We have had them for a couple months now and she went on vacation four days ago. I just got them for the first time a few days ago. I noticed many things wrong right off the bat.
First off, there was not even an inch of substrate when I got them and most of it consisted of aquarium gravel-dyed! Second, there was no source of humidity (she said she sprayed them morning and night, but obviously this is not sufficient in order to keep 75-80% humidity). Third, the only thing besides the salt water dish, fresh water dish, and food dish that was in the tank was a coconut hut-it looked rather boring.
So quickly I gathered what I needed. I gave them coconut fiber, eco earth substrate and made portions of the take 8 inches deep and others 4 inches deep to mimic the water line of the ocean. I made a homemade humidifier and got them driftwood, fake plants, moss, a thermometer, and a hydrometer.
However, despite my efforts, the two crabs will not move from the corner of the tank underneath the leaves. They have been there for three days and I am worried about them. Could it be they are distressing from moving to my house and getting used to their new environment inside the tank as well? Or is something seriously wrong?
I change the food bowl every three days and had added carrots, corn, lettuce, bloodworms, freeze dried shrimp, freeze dried meal worms, and calcium powder. I do not ever see them actively eating and the food bowl has been refilled for two days and no sign of grazing has been spotted. I am worried they are too impacted by their previous set up and that they will not recover.
Here is an image of their set up:
Just in case, here is an image of my homemade humidifier:
It consists of a plastic container, an air stone connected to an air pump, and a tub coming from the inside leading into the inside of the hermit tank that blows damp air into it.
Thank you so much!
•30 gallon community-5 gallon betta WIP•