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water question

Post by Lazerdms » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:45 pm

I just seen and picked up a bottle of Hydrate saltwater solution for hermit crabs at Walmart.
Is this good to use or just take back

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Re: water question

Post by Hermiesguardian » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:46 pm

Others may know more but most things marketed for hermit crabs aren't good for them.
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Re: water question

Post by hyelah1990 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:49 pm

I would take it back and get instant ocean sea salt.


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Re: water question

Post by Lazerdms » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:17 pm

Yea I have instant ocean ordered but seen this and thought I would ask the pros lol
its going back


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Re: water question

Post by hyelah1990 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:04 pm

Well I am no pro lol. Just going by what I have learned from all the pros here. I just know the instant ocean has all the good stuff your crabbies need... and yes, most things made "for hermit crabs" are actually bad for them. It might not kill them, but I personally wouldn't use it.

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Post by Motörcrab » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:36 pm

I originally started by using that stuff. I guess if you had no other option it would be better than nothing. In the long run you are way better off buying the box $10 of Instant Ocean and mixing yourself. It's way cheaper than buying the $2 bottle at Walmart or $4 at a pet store.
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Re: water question

Post by wodesorel » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:29 am

It's just aquarium salt and water, which is a handful of elements at most. Real seawater has over 70 different elements and Instant Ocean provides these in captivity.

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Re: water question

Post by Leocoya » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:49 pm

Hydrate saltwater have only 0.8% salt

Hermies need 3% salt water


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Re: water question

Post by Crabby Fritos » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:21 pm

I took my half a gallon of dechlorinated water and my fourth cup of Instant Ocean. That was all the math I had to do to make a small amount. The crabs love it way more than the conditioner I was stuck with before.


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Re: water question

Post by CrazedLlamaz » Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:21 pm

So I started using instant ocean, and noticed that the pools are evaporating very fast. I've checked to make sure there were no leaks in the pools, but I have to refill the salt water pool daily. Is this normal?

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Re: water question

Post by Motörcrab » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:08 pm

How big are your pools? If you have smaller pools the crabs could have been swimming and filled their shells.

Also do you use netting in you pools for climbing? The fabric can cause the water to be absorbed into the net then out to your substrate.

Do you use bubblers in your pools. I have found that if they bubble heavy that they will empty the pools quicker.
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