kiiwis said: this blog is so helpful!! my hermie really likes to burrow but climbs all over at night and at first i worried i was doing something wrong. currently he's alone, but i'm planning on getting him a buddy tomorrow. i'm a pretty new crab owner and idk exactly what kind my guy is. he's orange with purple claws, so i'm assuming purple pincher, but i figured it'd be good to ask :x (cont'd)
(cont’d) i have a 10g glass tank and it never gets below 60% humidity but is usually above. i use sponges to help keep it up but sometimes it gets reaaallly humid and the glass fogs up. is that bad? also, i feed him a mix of pellets and dried shrimp & mealworms, but i can hardly even tell if any food is missing. i give him a pinch about every 2-4 days, is that okay? also, i use a heater under the tank for warmth but (con’t again, sorry)
it doesn’t seem to do much other than warm the substrate. the tank stays warm now because it’s summer and i have two smaller extra heaters to place on the side and they do the job fine, but should i just invest in a more powerful single heater? also idk if it’ll help to know but he’s pretty small and i have dishes for salt and fresh water and climbing surfaces and etc. i just want to make sure the little dude and future roommates are healthy and happy! thanks so much ;v;
He’s most certainly a purple pincher - I’d guess that anywhere from 80-95% of crabs found in the US are PPs.
High humidity is better than low, as it’s easy to vent out a little of the excess moisture. If you’re humid enough to be fogging, just air the tank out a little (try taking the lid off for about 5-10 minutes).
I recommend changing food every day or every other day to prevent molding. If he’s pretty small he won’t be eating a huge amount. Try giving him some carrots and lettuce! He’d probably also love some strawberries or melon.
Under-tank heaters tend to be a little more iffy in my experiences. I’d get a bigger side heater and if you need to, also use the two small ones!
It sounds like you’re on the right track. If you have any other questions feel free to ask!