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Old 10-22-2009, 11:01 AM   #11
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Choice is good. They should have water, but I don't think you have enough land in that setup for them to be really happy. Ideally if a tank was set up just for crabs it should be about 2/3 land, with at least some of it a couple inches above water level so they can make a partially dry burrow. You can do it your way too, with fish in the water, but I still think you need to expand the land area in some way. They might appreciate a small piece of PVC pipe or something stuck into the gravel at an angle so they could have a burrow even in that loose substrate.
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Looks good. Makes me want to put my feet in with a stick and bacon. I guess that is wierd.
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You can also use frozen beef heart. Most pet stores that carry frozen foods like brine shrimp carry this with it.
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There's no reason to pay pet store prices for that stuff. I do buy it for small fish because of the convenience of having it cut up in tiny pieces the way they do, but crabs can handle a larger piece since they have bony jaws. Raw liver from the grocery store is an excellent food for them, and you can get 2-3 pounds for the price of one of those 4 oz trays of beefheart.
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:47 PM   #16
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woohoo finally finished my cave.. got a peice of pvc from ace hardware cut it in half with a hacksaw got some aquarium safe silicon and some pebbles from walmart and finally finsihed it.. been working on it off and on for a few weeks and happy with the result.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:26 PM   #17
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That whole thing is held together by silicone?
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Ya it worked pretty well. First I cut the pipe and sanded it down so it was more rough so the silicon stick better. Then I got busy and didn't touch it for a bit. Then when I got back on track I applied a crap load of silicon and took an old big kitchen plastic spoon. Spread it out around the pipe and rolled the pipe in the pebbles. Since the outside is more visible I let it cure for about a day then repeated the process to get a good pepple coat. Then I did the same to the inside and filled the middle with pebbles and used my hand to apply good preasure to get em set. Then I applied more silicon to the edges and pushed them into the pile of pebbles then i let the whole thing cure for 2 days outside and now i'm gonna let it sit a few days in water thats Prime treated to make sure all is good. If you get the silicon on your hands though its a pain in the butt to get off so just be careful with it if any of you guys are gonna try. Use some gloves or something lol. *I used 1 full 12 oz i think is the size tube of silicon on this cave so use the silicon generously.
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i made a couple a while back, did pretty much the same as you... i didnt wear gloves and regretted it... apparently im allergic to pure silicone or something, my hands were red and burned lol
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