Housing Your Hermit Crabs
are three main types of housing options available in pet stores:
Glass Fish Tank/Aquarium - This is my preferred choice. A minimum of 20 Gallons.
glass tank with lid helps keep the needed humidity and temperature
levels stable. You should allow a small gap between the
tank sides and the lid if condensation begins to appear
on the sides of your tank.
tanks, unless second hand, are somewhat expensive but worth
the extra expense. If you have a lid that doesn't allow
for a gap for air circulation you can get a build up of
condensation on the walls, which can cause bacteria build-up
within the tank and create unsavoury conditions for your
hermit crabs to live in.
you want a crabarium that will be more hermit crab-friendly, why
not save some cash and get a custom tank built. Land Hermit
Crab tanks do not need to have a bottom made as thick as with
fish tanks do since they are not filled with water.If you phone
around the different pet stores and aquariums, there are some
custom tank builders that you can get a quote from to build
to your specifications.
size of custom made tank is a 2ft by 2ft by 1.5ft tank. It looks
much like a 'cube' in shape, and has a base of 4 square feet.
You will find that it is much easier to fit everything inside
the tank that is essential, and that hermit crabs will not need
to do the 'spider walk' along the edges of the glass because
there is more room. Most fish tanks are very long and tall because
fish are able to make use of the vertical height.
you cannot get a custom made tank, try making use of the extra
vertical space by installing levels or fixing climbing items
such as sanitised mangrove root trees, sanitised driftwood,
coral trees, ZooMed's Jungle Gym, or even more creative, a network
of choya (or other sanitised wood logs) that hermit crabs can
climb and hang upside down and move along the network. To see
this in action, visit Crablover
Don's image gallery.
In some parts of my carepages I refer to a Crabarium. This
is a pet name for a hermit crab's home. Another pet name is
a crabitat or Crabitank.
2. Plastic tank with ventilation
Not suitable for land hermit crabs. The ventilation lets out the much-needed humidity.
3. Lifering by Krabooz
Not suitable for land hermit crabs. Sold within the 'Complete Kit' which includes The Zuper Zandz package. There is not enough sand to create a deep substrate level so that your hermit crabs can dig down to moult.
The Crab Street Journal Magazine for more
tank decoration ideas
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