The packaged "hermit crab sand" from the store is totally bullcrap and a waste of money. If you go to a Home Improvement Store, buy a 50 lb. bag PLAY SAND for about $4. Make sure it isn't wet when you pick it out, then buy it and bring it home. Pour it in the crabs tank so it is about 5 inches deep, and wet it with the salt water you SHOULD HAVE mixed up for the the crabs. Make the sand wet enough so that you can build a sand castle without it crumbling. Make sure it is not soupy though. Too dry or wet sand will collapse on the crabs when they are trying to molt.
NATURAL BEACHES (nature made, not man made) have sand great for crabs. Any man made beaches such as Myrtle Beach, Ocean City, Virginia Beach, etc. cannot be used. Think of how many people walk up and down the beach each day, and how many of them had had Athlete's foot or fungal infections. Or what if they drop a chunk of food, and seagull poop???? Pollution from the water? Debris from the water? Bacteria and microorganisms? If you think about it, man made beaches are just humongous sand boxes. Sand boxes have PLAY SAND. All a beach is is thousands of pounds of PLAY SAND.
Also, the crabs we have now have adapted to compromised sterile environments. There is still some good bacteria living in our crabitats from decomposing waste and such, but if you disrupt the balance with foreign bacteria, your crabs will get ill and die.
If you INSIST on having beach sand, take some late at night when no one else is there and take it inside. Bake it in the oven for 30 minutes on 350*.
But I would avoid it, and either buy PLAY SAND or Eco Earth, which is a forest bedding made to mimic natural jungle environments and is lighter than sand.
· 8 years ago