Hermit Crab Care: Tank Setup (Save Money With This Guide)

Hermit Crab Care: Tank Setup (Save Money With This Guide)

[UltraVid id=6 ]hermit crabs are great and entertaining pets however many owners don’t give them the proper care this video is about how to take care of them properly so you can lengthen their life first you’ll need a tank at least ten gallons the bigger the tank no matter this tank is ten gallons if you use a creep keeper or the cages hermit crab cages replace place that and use a ten gallon tank now next is the substrate substrate is this what’s found at the bottom of your tank the correct substrates to use are other sand coconut fiber also known as Eagle earth or betta beast or a combination mine is a combination of both I mixed 50% place end with 50% Coco fiber to get this you want to keep it more so it is sandcastle consistency you will want to keep your substrate at least twice the height of your tallest hermit crab this is because hermit crabs will need to dig when they molt if they can’t molt they’ll get very stressed and have to do a surface mode surface molting can lead to death because of over stressing so try to make it as deep as possible so that your hermit crabs can have a successful molt and grow bigger hideouts are also very important for your hermit crabs like hmm I made a cheap hideout which is just a toilet paper roll which I cut and I waited on the side like this so opening kill you with it it was free and easy at the same time so you can save money or you can buy a popular favorite the coconuts climbing toys are very important too you can buy expensive climbing toys from your local pet store or like me make your own this climbing toy here was free I just walked around outside my house and collected as much 6 as I can i sterilize them but with them in the microwave so that no germs can enter I just put a bundle of sticks in this corner which I use as their climbing toy they left climbing it because they are originally tree climbers in the wild it also lay some sticks around so they can climb other climbing toys that I made for these piles of rocks again I just walked around outside my house and collect as much rocks as I can also I bought these plastic plants at the dollar store another climbing toy I use is this net you can buy climbing backgrounds but those can cost up to $5 this one just cost me $1 this net was from a finished onion bag and these suction cups just cost me $1 you don’t have to buy the climbing background but if you want you can extra shells are important too because without them crabs can get a fight to steal each other’s shells call a shell fight this can cause a crowd to be very stressed or hurt you might you want to get shells that are the same size or bigger than their own ones these shells were free I got them from the beach all you have to do is walk around the beach by the shoreline collect any shells that you think will suit your crab hydration is very important in your hermit crabs life without it they will not be able to survive they will need a fresh water bowl it saltwater ball a spray bottle and a water conditioner my freshwater bowl is just the bottom of a deli container I just cut the bottom out put some rocks in which we’re free a sponge that cost me $4 and dechlorinated water you need to have de chlorinated fresh water because the chlorine will kill your crabs my saltwater dish is just the top of a jar free rocks a dad I found outside a sponge that cost me three dollars and the water here was a premade solution called Catalina waters salt water other people use aquarium salt which is also which is also okay to use but this one didn’t need any more work so it made it easier for me your spray bottle should have a mist spray and should not be the straight direct spray it’s for humidity because without humidity the crabs will not be able to breathe because they have modified gills which means that they can live out of the water but need humid air inside you want the chlorinated water – which can be used by following the instructions on your water dechlorinator food and nutrition is also important in your hermit crabs life many people put fresh food and stable food in their tank I do that too for my staple food I use hermit crab variety buttons you do not need to use these and there are other foods out there like Florida Marine Research hermit crab food and many more you all want to try to have both kinds of foods my fluid dishes are just shells that I found on the beach which are free this food cost me three dollars and the lettuce cost me about two dollars which will last you a while because they don’t eat very much and will eat very slowly you want to put food that they can consume in 24 hours and always replace their fresh food so I won’t spoil you’ll also want to get a humidity gauge and a temperature gauge you will want to keep humidity at about 70 to 80 percent and temperature between 72 and 74 these instructions so that you can have a perfect community for your hairy crabs you you you

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