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« on: August 25, 2008 06:46:52 PM »

I used an instructable for this, can I still post it? It pleases me immensely.

It's a humidifier for hermit crabs. Get it?   Cheesy
Sorry, I crack myself up.


And a close-up of the tank, which really should have some kind of lighting underneath:



Finally, my crabs are nice and moist.


Sorry, that was gross.
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008 07:24:35 PM »

Intresting..... How much does it improve the humidity level overall? I used a "little dripper" for awhile for my Water Dragons but that didn't help out much. Now I use a combination of live plants and misting all day. I wouldn't mind trying something like this for the winter time when it's super dry in the house.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008 07:34:11 PM »

how does it work? looks awesomely useful  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008 07:57:31 PM »

i had a hermit crab once, gilligan....I did not know they needed humidity, and I ask, too, how does this work?
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008 08:11:21 PM »

It's pretty basic, and cost nothing since we already had everything.

First, drill two small holes the diameter of aquarium tubing in the lid of a bottle. One hose attatches to the pump, goes all the way to the bottom of the bottle, and ends with a little blue bubble maker, the kind you use in a fishtank. The next hose goes in the bottle but stays above the water line, to suck the moist air out. The end of this goes into the crabitat. I stuck the end in the crab's wading pool, since I thought that would increase the amount of water that gets into the air.



It's been in there for a few hours now and the previously bone-dry tank now feels warm and moist when I put my hand in. (I don't have anything to measure the exact humidity, yet.)
The crabs are moving around more than normal, so I think that's a sign that they approve.  Grin


Here is the link to the instructable, which provides pictures and more coherent directions.
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-10-Hermit-Crab-Tank-Humifier/

WYOKrista, I had no idea they needed humidity either, but apparently they prefer it to be around 70%. My six year old got a book on hermit crab care and has been telling me everything that we've been doing wrong. She's such a know it all.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008 10:37:50 PM »

I looove hermit crabs! I had one named Versace, he had the best personality. This is a really good idea. I'm thinking of getting another one, and this definately be a good idea instead of sponges and misting them all the time. I'm bookmarking this for when I get them! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2008 10:15:53 AM »

nydoll, I'm glad it was useful! Something I didn't know about hermit crabs before is that they're actually very social animals...they really prefer having a few friends than being alone. I'm up to four now.  Grin

Update:
I ended up removing the end of the hose from the pool, since it made the water evaporate so fast. Now it just sticks through the top of the tank, and keeps it at 80% humidity, plus it makes the substrate nice and moist for their digging.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2008 07:18:30 PM »

Hehe very cool.

It's so humid here, we don't need one for our crabbies.

My husband and I make bad jokes about how he gave me crabs when we got married (we bought them about a month after getting hitched)
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