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Hermit Crabs are very cool, and social creatures. In order for them to survive, you have to really simulate their "Natural Habitat."
 
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Step 1: Simple supplies

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Some basic supplies you will need is:
bedding: play sand, Eco earth, Jungle Bedding
Salt Water: Oceanic sea salt mix, Distilled or spring water
Fresh water: bottled spring water, or distilled water
Bowls:You will need three bowls; One for fresh water, one for salt water, and one for food
Heat Source: Light, Under Tank heater
Hiding spot: coconut hut, driftwood pine and ceder is poisonous to hermit crabs!
Humidity: humidifier, or mister
Tank: Ten gallon glass aquarium MINIMUM


Step 2: Laying Down Substrate

Let's start by putting down substrate. Here is a good list of substrates.
Jungle Bedding (pet stores)
Hermit Soil (Pet stores)
Play sand (Home Depot.) (This is used in childrens' sand boxes. It's found on the beach.)

Bad Substrates.
Calci sand
Gravel
wood bark (Usually Pine or cedar, which is poisonous to hermit crabs.)

***ASK ME IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS FOR SUBSTRATES***
Play Sand, and Jungle Bedding are BEST SUBSTRATES!!!
*** REMEMBER: Your substrate MUST be atleast 3 times deeper than your largest crab.***
This is because they have to go through a process called "Molting". Thats when your crab will bury under ground to shed his skin. You should give him some healthy foods, because this process can take MONTHS.


Step 3: Salt Water

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Use "Oceanic Natural Sea Salt Mix" to create your salt water. DO NOT use table salt! it contains Idonide that can be harmful to hermit crabs. Also use bottled spring water, or distilled water because of the same reason. Tap water contains idonide and other chemicals.

Mix 1 1/2 tsp of sea salt with one cup (8 oz.) of water.
Mix 5 cups sea salt, with 1 gallon of water.

Step 4: Hermit Crab Diets

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Hermit crabs eat a verity of foods! And it's good to vary between them!
Most fruits and veggies are safe, Only if they are organic and do not contain any spices or chemicals.

Here is a list of safe foods:
Organic popcorn
raisins
pineapple
apple
banana
orange
carrots
lettuce
strawberries

Safe Commercial Diets:
FMR Hermit Crab Treat
HBH Verity Bites
Hermit Crab Cookies

I would have the fruits and veggies as a main course, and commercial diets as sides.

rjoos1 year ago
If you are just looking for products to make this whole process a lot easier, I would totally check out underwaterislands.com. They have these cool underwater habitats for crabs so you don't have to leave your tanks half filled.
Nasubi773 years ago
1.5 tsp per cup would be HALF a cup per gallon, not 5 cups per gallon.
tlutchman3 years ago
where did you get the 10 gallon tank???

I live in canada and i can't find any. :(
vampierwolf3 years ago
can you use sea salt like goumet saslt if it doesnt contain any iodine?
chewy39394 years ago
 You spelled lead wrong you spelled it led
JohnJY4 years ago
What about heating? And what is the salt water for?
HermitGuy101 (author)  JohnJY4 years ago
it says heat. and the salt water helps their exo skeleton during molting. In other words, if you don't have salt water, they will die!
Well I just got Sheldon and Tank, so this has been helpful information, thank you. 
chopstx4 years ago
Nice cage and good ible!
halo994 years ago
how many gallons is your tank

HermitGuy101 (author)  halo994 years ago
it's a 20 gallon, i think...
halo994 years ago
lol i have the same thermometer for my gecko =)