How to Care for Land Hermit Crabs : Essential Supplies for Pet Hermit Crabs

How to Care for Land Hermit Crabs : Essential Supplies for Pet Hermit Crabs

[UltraVid id=2 ]i’m debbie with expertvillage.com and we are talking about hermit crabs today and right now we’re going to talk about the essential supplies you need for happy healthy hermit crabs first thing you need you already picked your aquarium whatever size you’ve decided on one of the next things you need is a good feeding dish this is just one that i have found that i used for their water and for their food you’ll need a sponge to keep in their water dish this just kind of keeps maintains moisture and humidity in the aquarium and the crabs come over and just kind of suck on the sponge so they like that and then for their food we have you’re going to need some kind of substrate for the bottom of the aquarium they I prefer to do half-and-half I have half gravel and a half sand they need a place to burrow the gravel is a little harder for them to burrow and the sands much better so if you did half-and-half that’s great you could arrange it a little bit differently where they have a pathway to walk that’s sand but the sands come in all different variety of colors so you can make it look pretty and it this is a really fine textured sand made designed for hermit crabs and then this is just regular aquarium gravel another item that is essential is a spray bottle because you need to spray your hermit crabs every day keep that moisture and humidity going give them a little spray every morning they are now on the market they have all kinds of neat waters that are dechlorinated for your hermit crab they also provide some saltwater which they need to have in their aquarium it helps them with molting and provides them some nutrients that they need to be healthy you can buy these but you can also just use regular distilled water and that works pretty well too they also provide some cutter conditioners so you can add these to your distilled water to help from a saltwater conditioner and a railer water dinner another thing you could buy not totally necessary but really helps our calcium chews for hermit crabs it gives them that little extra push of calcium and they’re also fun to see how much they’ve chewed off and how active they are on the to keep your aquarium clean you can eat a little poop scoop this is to go through and clean the gravel in the sand kind of gets all the extra debris food debris and other kinds of debris out of the sand the food server there’s a wide variety of different kinds of foods available I like to use these that are a powdered variety the odor is limited so that makes it a little bit better for me we have another thing that is a really essential is providing extra shells for your crab they switch shells quite often and as they grow they need a bigger shell and they like to have a wide variety and they just amount look at them and turn them over so that’s always fun to see if somebody’s in a new shell the next day so provide different sizes of shells so your hermit crabs have a new home waiting for them one other thing that really is necessary for your hermit crabs is a little bath tub this is just nothing but a little plastic container but we call it our bath tub and every day we give the hermit crabs a bath in their fresh water just keeps them clean gets all the debris out of their shells and kind of wakes them up makes them more active you

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