Simple Tips to Breeding Hermit Crabs in Captivity

Hermit crabs, for the most part, are easy to care for, not picky about the foods they will eat and are very friendly creatures. However, if you want to do hermit crab breeding, this is a harder task especially when they are in captivity. Many hermit crab experts say that breeding of these creatures is impossible while other experts say it’s not impossible, just difficult to get done.

How To Breed Your Hermit Crabs

If you want to breed your pets, the first thing you need to make sure of is that you have a male and a female hermit crab in the same cage. This can be slightly difficult to do because they tend to stay inside their shells. If your goal is to breed them, go to a pet store and buy a female and male one instead of finding them on your own.

Getting the habitat just right to breed your pets can be slightly difficult to do. For instance, females like to lay the eggs deep into the sand underneath the ocean bed. When they hatch from their eggs, they’ll walk back to the ocean. It can be difficult when you’re trying to replicate this sort of condition.

The female can lay a large number of eggs but how many she lays is dependent on her size, the environment and the conditions in which she breeds.

When you want to do hermit crab breeding, there are six things you need to do to prepare for this task.

– First, have a tank that’s full of saltwater; it’s better if you do this outside since there is plenty of space to create yourself a garden pond.
– Second, you’ll need something that will help to create waves. After all, they love motion, which can help them to get motivated to breed. You can find lots of wave machines on the Internet or in a pet store.
– Third, you need to get the tank’s lighting just right. Make sure to use moonlight bulbs so that the setting is perfect for breeding. Remember that they are nocturnal so they’ll breed during the nighttime hours and the lighting you produce will help in the process. You can find these bulbs at a pet store or on the Internet for about $15.
– Fourth, the tank temperature needs to be between 72 degrees and 80 degrees. Anything lower than 72 degrees and they can feel weak.
– Fifth, keep the habitat as clean as possible and feed your pets a well-balanced diet consisting of carotene and calcium. When you have healthy crabs, they are more likely to breed.
– Sixth, be sure you have plenty of brine shrimp for their larve.

Once you have taken care of these six things, you must leave the male and female hermit crabs alone for about three weeks, letting nature take its course. This is the time to exercise patience since you’ll have to wait about a month before you see baby hermit crabs. Remember to place lots of smaller shells in the tank so the babies can live in them.

We Do Not Have To Be Reluctant Captives Of The Aging Process

Aging is often defined as a decreased ability to adapt to the environment and this is very evident in the attitudes of older people with regards to their own need for proper exercise. Studies show that intentional exercise declines significantly as people get older and as many as eight out of ten adults do not get enough strength building and maintaining activity.

It seems that older people themselves have negative attitudes and mistaken beliefs about the value of proper exercise to their health and well-being. Here are some of the results from surveys done on this subject.

1) Many people believe that as they grow older their need for exercise diminishes and eventually disappears

2) People vastly exaggerate the risks involved with vigorous activity and often use that as an excuse to not do it

3) Too many people believe they get enough exercise just doing the tasks and activities of daily living. They overrate the benefits of light, sporadic activity and underrate their own capabilities and abilities and the need to keep their body strong

We know now that as much as two-thirds of the functional health decline associated with aging is, in fact, the result of disuse and can be halted and even reversed through an effective program of strengthening exercise performed 2-3 times each week.

Age is no limitation as the human body does not know how old it is but it does know when the brain stops receiving messages that strength is needed. When we lose our strength our ‘growth and repair’ hormones are no longer stimulated and a downward health spiral that we used to blame on the aging process is set into motion.

We know now that the passing years are not the problem it is the amount of physical activity that determines how fast or slow we age or whether we stay well and healthy or succumb to disease and illness.

The important point in all of this is the fact that we do not have to be captives of the aging process like we used to believe and accept. After all being strong and fit means being able to do all the things that you want and need to do for as long as possible.

Perhaps the greatest benefits from this are the sense of independence, feelings of self-worth and the energy and enthusiasm to live our one and only life to the fullest. After all our modern world has so much to offer us no matter our age – travel, a second (or third) career, recreational sports and activities, pursuing hobbies and interests or spending time with family and friends.

But we cannot do these things with poor health that comes from disuse and a lack of proper body strengthening activity. Our attitude and motivation is vital and may need to be taken to higher levels and new skills learned to achieve this. Surely this is not much to give to get so much back in return. Keep your eye on the prize not the price.