When You Give a Sister a Hermit Crab

My little sister has had hermit crabs for over a year now.  She started out with a nice little 15 gallon tank and 3 crabs. She eventually upgraded to a 30 gallon tank with 7 crabs, and you would think that would be the end of it.

But she is my sister, so you know more is coming.

Now the crabs have a 50 gallon tank, complete with DIY decorations, climbing material, and water dishes. No longer will Crabby, the most adventurous crab, need to resort to escape to get his climbing in.

However, before this came to be we had a lot of work to do. We bought the tank (and stand) on KSL.com from a man who was done using it as a fish tank. It was stinky and slimy, and caked in hard water residue. Plus, it was quite heavy. With the help of the entire family, we got it bought, transported, cleaned, and parked in my sister’s room. With her ingenuity, she crafted a tank setup that would make any crabber (person who keeps crabs) jump for joy. This included positioning the tank on its side so the crabs would have more horizontal room.

I’m not crazy about animals, but hermit crabs are pretty cute. It’s fun to try something new, and there is always more to learn.

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