How should I prepare this and how do I clean it?
I think that this would be good for my hermit crabs and it is a big plus that it helps with the humidity. I just want to know how much water I put in it to break it up and expand it, or in other words, how do I prepare it for hermit crabs?
I also need to know how I would clean it? It can't be like sand where you just run a rake through it, or somehting like that, to get out all of the hermit crab waste.
Any help will be greatly apprieciated and as soon as possible would be great!!
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For hermit crabs, it's a good idea to mix coconut fiber and sand together as a substrate (5 parts sand, 1 part coconut fiber), along with salt water (make the water using aquarium salt, like Instant Ocean.) The mixture should be sand castle consistency, and the depth should be 3-4 times the size of your largest crab's shell. You don't want to use coconut fiber alone because it won't provide adequate protection when they molt. Using salt water in the mixture will hinder bacteria and fungus growth. Sand castle consistency is important so that they can tunnel without it collapsing in on them.
You can clean it just by scraping off the top layer. Make sure you replace some of the sand now and then to maintain the depth.
You can find more information by googling "hermit crab substrate."
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