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How do I measure a shell that my hermit crab is still wearing?
You can use the bottom portion of a caliper to measure the opening size of the shell your crab is currently in. The image below shows how to hold the caliper. The measurement is read below the zer
How do I measure different types of shells?
The photo below demonstrates how we measure each style of shell. Round Shaped Opening Shells are measured inside left edge to inside right edge. Elliptical Opening Shells are measured from just insid
How do I read The Hermit Crab Patch Caliper?
The caliper measurement is read below or above the zero. The images below show the readings from 1/4 inch to 1 inch.
How do I set up an isolation tank for molting?
We do not recommend using an isolation tank for molting crabs. If your tank is set up with the proper substrate there is no need to isolate your crabs during molting. Explanation: The main problem
How do Shell Opening Size and Shell Opening Shape relate to Crab Size.
This chart is intended to aid in demonstrating the relationship between different shell types and the size of crabs wearing them. For example a customer may have a crab that is wearing a Sharkeye
Is calci-sand a good choice for a crabitat??
Calcium type sand is not the best choice for use in a crabitat. Explanation: Our basic premise of substrate in a crabitat is that it must be kept moist and pack well. This ability provides hermit c
Is coconut fiber good to use by itself in a crabitat?
We do not recommend using coconut fiber by itself as substrate for your crabitat. Explanation: One of the main purposes of the substrate in a crabitat is to provide a safe environment for your herm
Is it ok to divide my crabitat into areas with different types of substrate?
The acceptability of areas with different substrates depends on how large your crabitat is and how many crabs live in it. Any area filled with loose substrate reduces the available area for molting
My crab is wearing a 1" opening Sharkeye shell, is this the same size as a 1" opening Green Turbo shell?
The Sharkeye has a D-shape opening and the Green Turbo has a Round shape opening. A 1" Round opening is not the same as a 1" D-shape opening. Explanation: For a given shell opening size, a D-shaped o
My crabs are´┐Żburied molting and their sand is starting to dry out. Can I take the crabs out and re-wet the sand?
You should not disturb your crabs while they are molting. Explanation: It is ok if the surface of your sand dries out a little as long as the deeper portion remains moist. If the deep portion is ge
My crabs keep digging holes, completely bury themselves, then come back up for a day or so, and then they start again.
This is perfectly normal behavior, especially for smaller crabs. Explanation: Our cage of small crabs is a maze of burrows, caves and tunnels. Tiny and small crabs love to sleep underground, ofte
Thermostats and Rheostats perform 2 different functions.
A thermostat is like what you have with your home furnace, a rheostat is similar to a dimmer. When you connect a heating device, like a lamp with a heat bulb, to a thermostat it will operate the l
What is the best way to heat my crabitat?
How you heat your crabitat will depend on how cold the room is where it is kept. Your solution may end up being a combination of several different heating options. Explanation: We have not come ac
When can I play with my crabs?
Whenever you can see their shell. Explanation: The only time you really do not want to disturb your crabs is when they are buried to molt. Hermit crabs like to dig burrows or tunnels to hang out i
Why do you list your shell opening sizes for each 1/16"?
We decided to size our openings for each 1/16" up to 1 1/4" to give our customers a better way to convey the size shell they would like to purchase. Explanation: We do not want to imply that purcha