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« on: October 09, 2006, 01:15:52 AM »

does anybody know if a crab will molt during winter, if i keep the water temp  right
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2006, 07:51:12 AM »

yes they will, the problem is finding peelers
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2006, 11:20:40 AM »

yes they will, the problem is finding peelers
what do you do during the winter? do you have a heating system?
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2006, 12:56:29 PM »

what do you do during the winter? do you have a heating system?
yes i do,a propane pool or jucuzzi heater,but i don't use it much during the winter,i will let my stock of peelers build up to a point were it is worth it and then turn on the heat, right notw at the price of propane it costs me 15 dollars a day to heat the water,when it gets cold it will be 20
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2006, 02:52:17 PM »

how many  gal system do u have
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2006, 03:26:17 PM »

also during winter,do  the stock of peelers have to be rasied in the system and then when there ready turn the heat on so they fully molt. Do I have this right?
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2006, 04:33:01 PM »

I don't have but around 4600 gal's right now,we are going to redo my resivior this winter  for more water capicity,   it's not raising them,when you put a red line peeler in 60 degree water she just wont shed,if she trys to more than likely she will die in the process
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2006, 07:39:44 AM »

reason I ask is b/c I was thinking of designing be shed tank with wood then house wrap and then fiber glass, ( like a big ice chest) then install a heater, before winter load it with crabs and wait for peelers.
but at even $5 a day is not really worth it to heat
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2006, 09:02:10 AM »

reason I ask is b/c I was thinking of designing be shed tank with wood then house wrap and then fiber glass, ( like a big ice chest) then install a heater, before winter load it with crabs and wait for peelers.
but at even $5 a day is not really worth it to heat
I have a 4 by 8 fiberglass over foam tank here if you wanted to make the trip,i think i still have 16 of them stored, could let you have it for $210, thats what i have in them,as we talked about,the time to turn on the heat is in the morning for a short time,just to get the temp up, most days we have in the deep south will maintain it once you get it there
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2006, 10:30:53 AM »

I would like to come and get a tank; I don't think I can right now; check out mapquest new aerial view, I went there to see how far you were,even looked at your city. How far are you away from water it looks like you are over a y-shaped river. check out Mandeville, Louisiana, go south to the edge of Lake Pontchartain. right of the causeway(24 mile bridge connecting New Orleans to Mandeville) The next inlet about 3 bends up is where I catch crabs.
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2006, 07:13:55 AM »

RD, did you make or buy those tanks?
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2006, 02:51:05 PM »

I bought them, from a friend who in Green Cove Springs who moved to the gulf coast, they are nice tanks
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2006, 08:22:30 AM »

RD are you using your heater yet?
my water is fluctuating from 50 to 73 every day.
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2006, 05:59:22 PM »

No,costs way to much to heat my water for just a few crabs, I am going to heat it a few days before the full moon to see if I can get the Albino Stone crab to shed
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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2006, 04:30:06 PM »

How about a solar heating pannel system for the tanks? It could be done I think. After the cost of building it all you would be paying for is the electric to run the pumps.
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« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2006, 08:46:46 PM »

How about a solar heating pannel system for the tanks? It could be done I think. After the cost of building it all you would be paying for is the electric to run the pumps.
Great idea! I have looked into that but it cost more then I want to spend right now.

I also looked into building a homemade solar panel, but didnt come up w/ much

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