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« on: July 14, 2013, 01:31:59 AM »

just got a dwarf fiddler crab yay and thank you bunni i thought so too um i need evil name it the carb
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 09:30:42 AM »

Fiddler crabs require both land and water and the water needs to be brackish.  Your betta cannot live in brackish water.  So, a new tank should be set up.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 08:30:31 PM »

i think my fiddle crab is dyeing or molting how do you tell
 
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 09:57:48 PM »

Did you put your fiddler crab in a tank with brackish water and an area where he can walk around without being in water?  It is important that we know so that we can try to figure out what is wrong, if anything.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2013, 10:07:32 PM »

yes he can get out of the water and no i read several blogs and posts from google that  say people have kept fildders in fresh water kept them alive  for a long time he was doing really good yesterday
 
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2013, 04:50:22 PM »

I know I did send you a PM with this information but I do think it is a good idea to keep this discussion on the board so that everyone will benefit.  So, I am saying again that here is a link to information about hermit crabs.  Notice what it says about fresh water vs brackish water.  http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/rarespecies/a/fiddlercrabs.htm
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2013, 05:27:20 PM »

Drizzts, I am so sorry that he is dead.  In your PM you said you are going to leave him in the tank for a while.  If he is dead there is no reason to do this.  Be sure that he is dead and then dispose of him.  But, in the future, you cannot keep a hermit crab in fresh water.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2013, 06:17:12 PM »

i took him ot and flushed him after i made sure he was dead
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2013, 06:33:43 PM »

I am really confused was this a fiddler crab or a hermit crab?  Pat Mary keeps saying hermit crab, but the title says fiddler crabs??

Both species of crab require a dedicated tank that really can't easily be shared with much else as their needs are so distinctive.
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2013, 06:46:18 PM »

Karen, I'm sorry.  I said hermit crab in two of my posts but I meant fiddler crab.  The link that I gave in one of those references was a link about the fiddler crab.  I apologize for saying the wrong species.  It is confusing enough for a new person to try to figure things out and it certainly doesn't help when someone is careless and mislabels one of their creatures.  Drizzle, I was referring to the fiddler crab regardless of what I actually said.  I will try to be more precise in the future. 
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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2013, 06:51:12 PM »

LOL... no worries, I just got all confused.  I decided it didn't really matter as clearly the animals was living in an aquatic tank and both hermit and fiddlers require a terrestrial set up.
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2013, 02:42:19 PM »

Karen, I'm puzzled. I have hermit crabs in my SW tank and they seem to be just fine fully immersed. Do they really need a place outside the water?

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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2013, 06:27:43 PM »

GB, here's a pretty good article about keeping them.  http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=2386
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« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2013, 05:46:22 PM »

Thanks, Pat M! I'm still puzzled, though. This article seems to treat them as terrestial, just needing humid air; I have them in my salt water tank, where they are totally submerged all the time. Am I doing something wrong here?? Os are these different species?

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