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Hermit crab food? Enough protein?

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June 20, 2019 / By Arran
Question: I own three hermit crabs and I'm trying out a variety of food with them. I read that if they don't eat enough protein that they often can resort in cannibalism. Which of course, I'd rather not have happen. I've tried giving them bits of unseasoned meat but they ignore it. I always leave out some of the hermit crab food you can buy in the store. I'm assuming it has all of their daily needs? Not sure if it's got enough protein. Anyone know?
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Unity Unity | 8 days ago
Hermit crab foods do not contain all a hermie needs in their diet to remain healthy. Matter of fact they use 2 chemicals as preservatives ethoxyquin and copper sulphate that are insecticides. Hermies are from the arthropod (insect) phylum. I would suggest to please get rid of the hermit crab foods. There are some dehydrated and freeze dried foods that are safe to use, as well as numerous human grade fresh foods. Hermies are known not to eat the same food for a week or two once they eat it. Hermies should be offered a food from the "Hermie pyamid" daily for a well balanced diet. Diet does play an important role in hermies, and please do note that hermies need chitin in their diet. Some chitin sources are also considered protein, but not all protein sources contain chitin. If a hermie surface molts one should always protect them from their tank mates regardless of a healthy high nutricious diet. Sometimes there is something about a fresh exo that is irresistable to the tank mates. If a hermie burrows one can be prepared too in case a tank mate decides to go digging about. One can use a cut 2 liter soda bottle or the glass of a picture frame to section the molter off from the others. Use a soda lid for fresh and ocean water due to the tight quarters. If one cannot afford a separate tank as an iso, one can also use a small critter carrier if their main tank is large enough.
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Unity Originally Answered: Hermit crab food? Enough protein?
Hermit crab foods do not contain all a hermie needs in their diet to remain healthy. Matter of fact they use 2 chemicals as preservatives ethoxyquin and copper sulphate that are insecticides. Hermies are from the arthropod (insect) phylum. I would suggest to please get rid of the hermit crab foods. There are some dehydrated and freeze dried foods that are safe to use, as well as numerous human grade fresh foods. Hermies are known not to eat the same food for a week or two once they eat it. Hermies should be offered a food from the "Hermie pyamid" daily for a well balanced diet. Diet does play an important role in hermies, and please do note that hermies need chitin in their diet. Some chitin sources are also considered protein, but not all protein sources contain chitin. If a hermie surface molts one should always protect them from their tank mates regardless of a healthy high nutricious diet. Sometimes there is something about a fresh exo that is irresistable to the tank mates. If a hermie burrows one can be prepared too in case a tank mate decides to go digging about. One can use a cut 2 liter soda bottle or the glass of a picture frame to section the molter off from the others. Use a soda lid for fresh and ocean water due to the tight quarters. If one cannot afford a separate tank as an iso, one can also use a small critter carrier if their main tank is large enough.

Sarina Sarina
I used to own hermit crabs, and can assure you, from experience, that they WILL resort to cannibalism! Now that we have cleared that up, here is what I used to do. I would buy dried shrimps, which can be found at most Wal-Marts in the Pet areas. It was little tiny dried shrimp that smelled like fish (that's my best description xD). If they still don't eat the fish, if you have the money (which I know I don't/didn't) to buy a second and possibly third cage for them, then that will of course separate them, and their chances of eating each other reduce to an all-time low. I once tried improvising by "making" a cage, which I can tell you first-hand, didn't work as it got out and was almost eaten by my cat. So my suggestion, either get the shrimp or try to buy a couple more cages, or improvise, just try to make sure your cage is at a good height and thickness. I hope I helped!!!
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Norah Norah
The hermit crab food from the store does not have enough protiens. It also has some dangerous chemicals in it, so I'd be careful about giving it. Something most crabs love and is full of protien is either scrambled, or hard boiled eggs. If you go to this website, then have a list of Hermit Crab safe foods: www.hermitcrabassociation.com
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Mabella Mabella
Hermit crabs have many different food preferences so the best thing to do is try a large variety of foods. Since most hermit crabs are from the Caribbean, try feeding them tropical fruit. Mine love bananas, some fish and low sodium ritz crackers. Just remember to change all fresh foods daily. I would also suggest you get another crab if you only have one. They can die of loneliness if left to themselves. Lack of proper humidity may also cause him to not eat so much. They need at least 80% humidity in their tank to breathe since they don't have lungs but hardened gills. Finally, hermit crabs do not eat that much or that often and since they are mainly nocturnal and are most active when you are asleep. Hope this helps!
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Mabella Originally Answered: MY HERMIT CRAB! PLEASE HELP!?
Okay, after reading this question several times, I think I got your question. Did your crab lose his Big Pincher (BP)? The BP is the large claw (Hermit crabs have a small and large claw), and unless you have a rarer species, it should be purplish in color. If this is the case, there is a high possibility that he will die. HOWEVER, there are ways you can help him. The function of the BP is to protect him from predators (which don't exist in a hermit crab tank), other hermit crabs (which [and I can't believe I'm saying this] you thankfully don't have), and to crush food into itty bitty bites for him to eat. So with your hermit crab's BP gone, it's up to you to make sure he has easy to eat food. My best suggestion to you is to go and buy organic baby food. It's mushy and easy for him to grab with his smaller pincher and eat. Try to vary what baby foods he gets, because just like humans hermit crabs need a varied diet of fruits, veggies, and meat/seafood (commercial pellets don't cut it). And I say organic because the closer to all-natural you can get food for your hermies, the better. Especially because he lost his BP, he's INCREDIBLY stressed right now. Avoid handling him (unless it's an absolute emergency; they do arise every so often) and make sure that his conditions are as close to ideal as humanly possible (meaning deep sand or coconut fiber substrate, 75-80 degrees temperature, 75-80% humidity, dechlorinated water, salt water, etc.). Make sure that his tank is in a darker area (you don't need to put him into TOTAL darkness, but find a shady spot), and away from lots of noise and such (some noise is fine, but make sure it isn't like say the family room). Then all you can do is hope he molts soon. Once he molts, unless something goes horribly wrong, he should regrow his BP. If he didn't lose his BP, but only one of his legs, then it's not as serious as losing his BP, but still serious. All that changes is his chances of survival go up, and you can offer him more solid foods (like apple chunks or crab meat). Finally, in regards to your "he barely eats" comment...Are you absolutely positive the food isn't being eaten? They could just be eating when you aren't looking. You can watch them all the time, and they're more active at night. If you're worried, why not try drizzling honey on top of a some fresh fruit like an apple (you're doing the absolute right thing by giving them fresh foods, by the way--kudos to that, most askers give pellets), the carefully smooth out the surrounding substrate to see if they come when you're not there (they should leave tracks). Also, sometimes it helps to change food every 48 hours. This is because sometimes they don't always like food fresh, they prefer it to be a bit more "ripe." However, if you decide to do this, you need to closely monitor the food after 48 hours for any mold/bacteria growth because hermit crab conditions are so hot and humid, it quickly grows anytime after 24 hours. The second this happens, you need to change. And try to offer your hermies a variety of foods. They might not be eating because they don't like what your offering. Hermit crabs are a lot like children--they can be very picky with their foods, and what they like today they might not like tomorrow, and what the LOVE today they'll hate next week. Here's a list of hermit crab favorites, to give you some ideas: Hermit crabs enjoy certain foods that are high in nutrients and can also satisfy them with a certain taste. Some of the hermit crab favorite foods I have collected came from the forum. I have decided to post the most popular foods. Bloodworms (freeze-dried) Blueberries Chicken bone marrow Coconut Cuttlebone Earthworm castings Krill (frozen & thawed or freeze-dried) Mango Millet Oak leaves Papaya Peanut butter (organic) Pineapple Popcorn (no butter or salt) Rolled oats Shrimp (whole) Wheat germ - The list was from Kilimanjaro's post on the HCA - However, until the BP re-grows (if it is the BP), stick with mushy food. Baby food works best (just make sure he gets some protein!! I don't know if baby food offers meat-ish substances). P.S. Once he gets better, he really should get a friend (or two). It will help him in the long run. But wait until he regrows that BP!

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