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Are you getting some hermies?
 

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Ahh, Ok. Good luck with them!
 

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Be sure to separate your hermit crabs when one of them molts, because the one that molts is very vulnerable for awhile.

One of the things that I don't like about hermit crabs is that they will fight. When I owned three, I had to take the biggest one out of the aquarium and put it in a cage by itself. It attacked the two smaller ones. After several months of having them, they all three died. I took excellent care of them, but it didn't matter. I don't plant to own hermit crabs again, because it's too hard emotionally when they die so quickly.
 

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do not use hermit crab sand and please use a glass tank. they need 2 water bowls one salt water one fresh as well as a food dish. they are more maintenance than you think. Did you research?
 

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What do you mean by "hermit crab sand"? Calcium sand? Because that stuff is indeed crap. I use CaribSea (I'm 99% sure that's what the brand is called... It's something like that!) brand natural reef sand, and I really like it. My hermies have done well on it too.
 

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We used children's play sand. Cheap and just as effective as the "special" sands in pet stores :lol:.
 

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There is literally little bags labeled harmit crab sand yes it is calcium carbonate I use it for my hamsters its very safe for hams lol. you could use it for mice as well. Play sand does work really well its actually one of the highest recommended substrates but I've heard you should mix it with Eco earth for moisture
 

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We used children's play sand. Cheap and just as effective as the "special" sands in pet stores :lol:.
I read something about the "impurities" or whatever in a lot of play sand causing issues. It looks like the website took down the link I'm looking for though. So being my super paranoid self, I bought the CaribSea stuff because it was so highly recommended LOL.


I did use play sand way back when I first got my hermies though. But all the play sand I find now is really dusty and gross.
 

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I wash it first (and I do the same for pet store sand used in reef tanks) ;). No problems with impurities (and I haven't heard of anyone having problems with children's play sand...remember that it's already washed to an extent since it's for kids). I used a huge bag of play sand for the hermits, mudskipper, mussels, and African Dwarf Frogs :).

Then again, maybe the brand we got was cleaner than the ones you saw. We got it from Toys R' Us :lol:.
 

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Oh, that explains it LOL! I was looking at the kinds at the hardware store. :rolleyes: Toys R Us play sand is probably nicer than the stuff at Menards!
 

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Always wash your sand until it runs clean and if needed you can bake it :)
 

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Oh, that explains it LOL! I was looking at the kinds at the hardware store. :rolleyes: Toys R Us play sand is probably nicer than the stuff at Menards!
Oh, yeah, that explains it! :) There are probably special requirements for kid's sand.
 

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When I had hermit crabs, I mixed calcium sand with eco earth. The calcium sand is very hard to clean up, and it made me sick because it made a cloud of dust. I live about 40 miles from the coast of Oregon, and I could have gotten free sand from one of the beaches, but I didn't make it over there.
 

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You should never use calcium sand anyway
 
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