jesus fucking christ today has been hellish.
this post to the crab forum explains it:
rupert, my most favoritist and oldest owned hermit crab is streaking again.
he first started streaking after a surprise molt when he was still pink and soft, but he got back in his shell and everything was fine.
now he's hardened and has emerged from the sand (he stays buried almost all of the time) nakie, but is crawling around and stuff just fine. i don't want to leave him in the main tank, because before he took a new shell relatively quickly and i think it might cause more harm than good to iso him at this point. (also he's under my second level where i can't reach him)
he's been naked for about 10 mins.
no one seems to be agressive to him except lentil. rupert tried to enter the coconut hut and lentil tried to attack him.
gah! what should i do??
edit: okay, so he climbed in the coconut hut and lentil tried to attack him so i moved the hut so he was the only one in there and then arly (the smallest crab!) unburied and started going after him o_O
i managed to use the coconut hut as a sheild long enough for him to claim a new shell of his own. so now he's in a shell again. i have no idea why he's dropping his shell. i'm beginning to think it's so he can fit in the tunnels he's made under the sand.
i'm so frustrated!!!! i have no idea what to do. i moved him to the second level with all the food and water in case he needs some strength since he just molted a week ago, and because currently there are no other crabs up there. i also put two shells bigger than the one he hurriedly crammed into incase his squishy bum is being cramped.
should i iso? he seems healthy other than the streaking. alert antennae, his eyes are up, he's moving quickly.
:\ i really want him to be okay, he is my favorite crab.
that's his squishy bum, he's caked in sand because he was buried.
i feel so fucking awful. i know there's really nothing more that i can do, and i hate being so helpless. it makes me feel like a bad surrogate crab mother.
He's picking up your habits. Crabs learn by example so your love of prancing around naked has made him think it is ok.
I saw bags of shells at Petsmart today. They had some that looked like soccer balls or football helmets. Who would want such ugly shells? Being tacky should be a crime.
crabs actually won't wear painted shells unless they're forced to. crabs that are sold in painted shells were either frozen until they were near death and limp and pulled out of thier shell or their shell was put in a vice and cracked off, or a hole was drilled in their shell and their squishy bum was poked with a needle until they left it.
they then take all the naked crabs and put them in a tank with only painted shells until they pick one.
also the paint chips off and the crabs eat it, which really isn't good.
and on rare occasions the crab can actually stick to the paint and no be able to leave the shell. a girl on my friends list will save these stuck crabs, as seen here.
her post was amazing... i wish i could save them too. if i ever see any i might try but i dont know... i dont have a place for hermit crabs... and too many pets to take on more responsibility right now. poor things, how could i not save them?!
It is difficult when you see a poorly cared for animal in a pet store. The problem with buying them to save them is that the store takes that as demand for the pet and ends up getting more and putting them in the same situation. If no one bought them, they wouldn't sell them. Unfortunately most people don't know much if anything about the animals they are buying so the demand is still there.
There really are only a few options:
1) Continually nag the store until they change their ways. This is more likely to get you banned from the store than get them to change something that is making them money.
2) Educate the public of what's wrong with the care the animal is getting. Unfortunatly this takes lots of time and because lots of people just don't care, you'll get hassled by those you're trying to enlighten.
3) Have a law passed. That takes lots and lots of work and in the current political environment, anything that smacks of being liberal, such as animal rights, doesn't have a chance.
a lot of people in the various crab forums have taken to passing out care sheets and talking to the places of business on up to the executives of the companies. in some cases, like petco, this has worked and the crabs have better in-store environments and the buyers are educated of their needs. sadly, petco is the only store to actually listen and change.
it's hard for people to see "throw-away pets" like crabs and fish and hamsters as actual animals. if someone's leaving a kitten without water all day, that's a travesty, but it's perfectly fine for them to walk past a tank of crabs that's completely dry and not bat an eye.
....i hate people.
You should see the barrage of bad people who come through the fish room. I just want to beat every single one of them to death some days.
-Can I keep a Nemo-Fish [obviously in reference to an Ocellaris or Percula Clownfish] in a bowl on my desk?
-I want to keep a koi in a three gallon bowl.
-Do you sell piranah (I hate that question, and every single person who asks it. And, sadly, that question is making me racist because of the alarming demographics that ask it. I actually took count one day, out of curiosity)?
-Can I touch the stingray?
-Will you scare the stingray up?
-(after explaining the Federal law) So... when will you get in small turtles?
And one of my personal favorites, from this Saturday... I'm still trying to figure out this genious move.
Man: I want to give this cichlid to you.
Kitty: :::holds up bag, studies fish, makes note::: This is a really nice looking Kenyii (cichlid- or African origin. This particular one was 6.5")
Man: He was beating up my other fish.
Kitty: You know I can't give you any credit for this fish, right?
Man; I don't care. He killed one of my other cichlids.
Kitty: :::furrows eyebrows::: What other fish were you keeping him with?
Man: Three blood parrots and a pleco.
.... Blood Parrots, by the way... are a designer fish, of sorts. They're a crossbreed of Severums and Red Devils. You won't find this fish in the wild... And, much of the time, they're either injected with dye or hormone treated to have bright colors... that eventually fade. However, this means that they're basically South American cichlids. SACs and ACs have COMPLETELY different needs, right down to pH, environmental, behavioral, and dietary needs. Africans can't eat foods high in protein, but this one was all but being forced a t-bone steak with the Blood Parrots' food!
Kitty: :::blinks::: :::explains::: How big are they?
Man: About the same size as that one :::points to fish in question as it acclimates to our big African cichlid tank:::
Kitty: :::blinks again::: What size tank do you have?
Man: 29 gallon.
Kitty::: rolls eyes::: How big is the pleco?
Man: 9 inches.
Kitty: That's WAY overstocked. You need a bigger tank... and soon!
Man: But he killed one, and I'm bringing this one back!
Kitty: You are STILL way overstocked. Your nitrites and ammonia must be through the roof.
Man's Female Companion: No. We just need some drops to clear the water. Just that.
Kitty: What color is the water?
... for everyone who doesn't know a lot about fish.... white is indicative of an ammonia bloom. Ammonia is poisonous, a by product of.... surprise, surprise, OVERSTOCKING!... In addition to that, they were overfeeding!
Kitty: :::tries to continue to urge them to buy a larger tank::: Well, do you have lots of rock piles in your tank? (cichlids need lots of places to establish territory so they don't kill each other, especially ACs)
Man: Well, we have two plants, and a couple of small rocks.
I left them. I was too disgusted to continue the conversation. And that recording of it above, was being nice and leaving out huge chunks where they argued with me over their stocking situation. I did a nitrate and nitrate test and both were WAY off the charts.
As I acclimated the fish, he got these dark bands. As it turns out, this "Kenyii," was actually a male Bumblebee Cichlid. He was so stressed out from the bare tank, terrible living conditions, and awful foods, the cichlid lost all of his color. To the point where a fish that should be coffee brown and orange looked pale yellow.
He is now happy, especially since there's a female BumbleeBee in the same tank. His drastic color return was because the male saw the female, of a similar size, and definitely breeding age.