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PostSubject: New to keeping Emps, just a quick question.   11/14/2009, 2:38 am

I bought 2 in the last week and just set up a 10 Gallon tank for them to live in, I'm new to keeping anything other than the odd snake and after setting up my tank and introducing the Emps and crickets I've noticed that the crickets are hiding in the fake plant, should I be worried that my scorps won't be able to get to the crickets??
I'll try to post some pics tomorrow of my set-up.
P.S. 2 of the 4 crickets are now hanging from the roof...
Thanks in advance! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: New to keeping Emps, just a quick question.   11/14/2009, 8:20 am

If you have only just introduced your emps to the setup then they may want to get settled in before they eat.

Don't worry about the crickets, they'll get eaten sooner or later, however you don't want to leave feeders in the tank for too long.
You could always try grabbing the crickets and hand feeding your scorps with them using tweezers/tongs and see if they accept them.

And welcome to the forum mate Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New to keeping Emps, just a quick question.   11/14/2009, 2:30 pm

^Pretty much what he said; some emps take a while to get "settled in" and will spend a lot of time wandering about at night . . . which leads new keepers to think something's wrong when they do get settled in. :rolleyes:

My first emps were unusual in that they scarfed down three or four crickets the day I got them -- but they still took a week to calm down and start burrowing.

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PostSubject: Re: New to keeping Emps, just a quick question.   11/14/2009, 5:40 pm

Thanks for the quick response guys!
I did a quick restyle this morning of the tank...
I had put in the Eco earth so that the side with the log hide in it was on far more substrate (Sloped it from the side with the water bowl upwards) and the smaller scorp had burrowed a bit under the fake plant next to the bowl, I wasnt happy with this because it wasnt as packed on that side and I didnt think the plant was stable enough, so when I moved the plant to the other side, both scorps went into attack mode and promptly killed and ate 3 of the 4 crickets Hah! (One had to be coaxed with a pen which ended in jumping straight into the claws of death) I must admit I chuckled..
I hope that tonight after a bit more exploring both scorps will decide that the 2 areas I have set up for burrows will be much better. I'm kinda hoping that they'll both go into the half log I've put in there and make one big burrow?
Also I found a little piece of Spanish moss that I could attach to the plant, I was hoping that it might grow a little and help keep in moisture, is it safe to use it with my scorps? Will the crickets eat it??
I'm Happy that my scorps are healthy and eating, now to get them settled in!
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