Should I wash the climbing ornaments before putting them in the tank?
Yes. It is a good idea to wash off the dust, bugs and spider webs if there are any. The ornaments may have been previously used by the pet store in fish tanks, so it is a good idea to rinse all ornaments before putting them in your tank.
Why should I have at least one hidey cave in the tank?
Hidey caves allow your hermit crabs to rest in the dark without having to bury themselves and possibly disturbing any moulters underneath. The entrance of the hidey caves should be big enough for your largest hermit crab to enter.
What ornaments should I avoid?
Do not put anything with exposed metal surfaces in the tank. Hermit crabs may nibble away the stainless coating and expose the iron inside, which will rust in high humidity and become a health hazard. You can put tall climbing ornaments in the tank, but make sure your hermit crabs cannot use them to climb out of the tank and escape.
Where can I buy a hemp net?
Hemp nets are appearing in many hermit crab tanks. To buy one of your own, visit the Hermit Crab Addiction store. These nets can also be shipped to Australia.
Can I grow live plants in the tank?
Yes. Live plants not only act as climbing toys, but as a fresh food source too. However, hermit crabs tend to rip the plants apart before they grow large enough to withstand the assaults, so you might want to grow the plants outside of the tank and use other ornaments as climbing toys. If you insist wanting to grow plants in the tank, you can try the ones on this list.