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Lilysmommy 04-21-2015 09:28 PM

Guess who's getting some new (non-quilly) babies!
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Well, they aren't hedgehogs...But I'm going to be taking in a pair of little hermit crabs! :D

A partner for a class project has two & doesn't really want them anymore. I've been kind of wanting to rescue/rehome some in the past few months, but was afraid to look on Craigslist for any (plus they don't seem like an animal that people frequently think to rehome). My partner means well, but she only has them in a 5 gallon tank and I'm not sure they have much in their enclosure.

So they're about to get spoiled rotten. :lol: I'm already planning to move them into my 10 gallon tank. I'll probably end up buying them a 20-30 gallon tank once a pet store near me has a $1/gallon sale, or maybe if I find one on Craigslist. I'm about to spend the rest of my evening doing as much research as I can, hehe.

Will post pictures once I have the little ones! I'm hoping to get them this weekend, but we'll see. I'm gonna have little babies to take care of again!! :D

Lilysmommy 04-21-2015 10:05 PM

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...Well, I guess I'm going to go from being the Hedgehog Lady to being the Hermit Crab Lady. My neighbor's daughter had two, but one died. The daughter doesn't want to get any more, so her mom is offering me the one they have left. Guess who's going to have three hermit crabs soon? :lol:

shinydistraction 04-21-2015 10:12 PM

Lol, soon you will be the Queen of Hermit Crabs.

Buttons 04-21-2015 10:24 PM

Oh my gosh! That's great ☺ You made me giggle/made my day! At least they won't be running in a wheel all night :lol:

Lilysmommy 04-21-2015 10:53 PM

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I need to make myself a badge or a t-shirt or something. :lol: I'm already getting SO excited. The first two little ones will be coming home on Saturday. I'm going to wait until I have them settled in & until I have a bigger tank (at least 20 gallon, I'm currently waiting for a reply on a 50 gallon that was listed on CL...can we say hermit mansion?) before I take the third one from my neighbor. I want to have the third one under observation in my 10gal for a week or two before I try to introduce him to the other two, plus I want to make sure they have plenty of room so there's less chance of any spats!

Seriously, you should all see the shopping list I already have going. :lol:

Kalandra 04-22-2015 09:45 AM

Ah hermit crabs. Wonderful little creatures that can live a long time but usually don't because people don't provide anywhere near the care that they should.

If you didn't run across it yet, the Hermit Crab Association's webpage has some nice care sheets on it. http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com...aresheets.html
and a forum: http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/index.php

I used them as a reference a lot when I was looking to get hermit crabs a few years ago.

Lilysmommy 04-22-2015 10:24 AM

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Yes, thank you! :-) One of our old forum members recommended them as well and I spent about 5-6 hours reading through their FAQ pages last night and taking notes. So far I have a plan for the tank set up (10 gal, sand mixed with coconut fiber, going to use a 60-watt CHE for heat & see how that goes, etc.). I'm already planning on buying a 30-50 gal tank to move them into once I can get one from Craigslist, or if I find a good deal on one at a store. I won't be bringing the third hermit crab home until I have that bigger tank because I'm paranoid. :lol: I wanna make sure no one feels too crowded!

And of course, I went NUTS as soon as I saw their food information. I'm going to be planning out a tentative weekly menu today. :D I'll probably have to kind of wait & see, since my classmate said her two are picky (but then, they're not in an appropriate enclosure, & I don't know what she's offering them), so I'm not sure what they'll try eating.

I'm joining the forum today as well because I have a few questions that weren't answered by the FAQ sheets, so I'm hoping to get some help with those.

Kalandra 04-22-2015 10:43 AM

Their site is amazing. And the people seemed plenty friendly when I was researching.

I know you hate looking at CL pets so...

$50 - 55 gallon :

Lilysmommy 04-22-2015 10:47 AM

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:lol: I really do, but I steeled myself & checked yesterday for tanks. I found a 50gal one & emailed the person already. Somehow I missed that one! I'll contact them as well, I think, & see if they still have it. Thank you! I'm ridiculously excited about all of this. I only slept 5 hours last night because I stayed up so late and wanted to get back to researching when I woke up this morning. My friend and I are heading to the pet store tonight to do some shopping. :D

Edit: I got a reply from someone with a 44gal breeder tank, so it looks like that may be my hermit crabs' new home! Guess I'll have to rearrange furniture in my room sooner than I thought.

Soyala_Amaya 04-22-2015 07:58 PM

Sad face, this makes me think of my poor attempt at having hermits. I was a teenager and bought one from a little kiosk thing at the mall around Christmas. I'm sure it was sickly and malnourished when I got it, but it lived in a small plastc aquarium thing (probably less than 1 gal thinking of it) I just fed it "hermit crab food" from a bottle, didn't have a humidity setup...He was gone by March :(
Looking back on it, it makes me wish there were more laws against that sort of thing. The kiosk owner didn't care about the crabs, I just went off of the pamphlet he gave me, and the crab (plus dozens of others) suffered.

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