February 27, 2013 at 12:26 am #735
I just read something disturbing about the salt water I purchased. I could not find Oceanic brand, so I got Instant Ocean. I don’t know how old the post is, from HCA, but I read that this particular salt mix has more metal in it than other brands. Aren’t hermit crabs sensitive to metal? I am going to take the water out of their tank and try to find something else, maybe Petsplus sells Oceanic salt water.March 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm #741
So I’ve never had a problem with Instant Ocean … it’s not my usual brand because the brand I usually used was only sold at one store that went out of business… but I’ve had my crabs for 4 years, and used Instant Ocean when i first got them, and am using it now. Not only that but I took in some Jumbo crabs a few years ago, and the lady had them for 6 years and used Instant ocean the entire time. So unless someone has a link to an actual scientific article, I say we just carry on.March 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm #742
Thank you so much for your input. I should try to find that article again on the Hermit Crab Association. It states of all the salt water products, Instant Ocean has the highest metal content, “something to think about”. After I read that, I removed the water from the crab tank. Maybe I can save the article and post it for all to read. I am not sure how or where they got that information. I have had my crabs for 2 years now, and adopted a tiny little guy 6 months ago. I am very attached to them, and reading that article was upsetting to me. I plan on having these crabs for a long time, and I want to make sure they drink safe water. I will continue to use Instant Ocean.March 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm #743
Here is the saltwater mix article, please scroll down until you see Instant OceanMarch 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm #744
I cannot use the upload for security reasons. If anyone is interested, type in the search bar, hermit crab association instant ocean. It will bring you to the link that shows how to mix different salt water types, and suggests IO has the highest metal content.March 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm #745
Beth, I just looked all over hermit crab assassociation and a lot! of people recommended it. it should be fine Beth at least until you can get your usual brand. 😀 it turns out a ton of people on HCA use instant ocean.March 14, 2013 at 3:59 am #753
All I have ever used was Instant Ocean. It’s good that you asked though. Depending on the article, date, and agenda of those who wrote it, it’s always good to get other opinions.March 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm #754
Personally Beth I would say its fine for now.March 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm #755
I use 100% organic sea salt with no additives for quite some time and it works great! PerfectoNovember 29, 2013 at 12:57 am #993
I remember reading something about this, they said IO had higher concentrations of heavy metals. I’ve only used instant ocean since I got into crabs but that’s mainly because I’ve only bought ocean salts twice (big tubs) and haven’t yet tried other brands. IO is supposed to be closest to ocean water because it has so many of the trace elements found in the ocean. This could just be marketing BS, not sure.November 30, 2013 at 1:23 am #995
How can we ever be sure? I want to give them the best and safest food and water that I can get. Along with fresh food, organic fruits, veggies, plain chicken wings, plain baked salmon, organic peanut butter, and raisins (many other foods) I order foods from The Hermit Crab Patch. The crabs go WILD for it, and I love watching them at the food bowl. It makes me happy to see them enjoy the many different foods that are already prepared for them. The prices are great, and the customer service is superb. If anyone hasn’t tried them yet, look them up and check out the website. Your crabs will love you for it! Happy Thanksgiving to all!November 30, 2013 at 5:09 am #997
Depends what heavy metals they are talking about. There are healthy “metals” and there are unhealthy “metals”. Salt water is made up of iodines and zinc. Also Instant Ocean has been proved to be the closest synthetic salt water solution to the actual ocean. Some crabs come from different areas of the world, where the zinc and iodine are much higher than other areas. I would like to see more scientific evidence over this speculation.December 1, 2013 at 1:10 am #998
I looked up the Hermit Crab Association, (how to mix saltwater) It lists a couple of salt water brands and how to mix them. When you scroll to Instant Ocean, it states: Reports have shown that IO has some of the highest concentrations of heavy metals, something to think about. You do not have to log onto the website, just type in HCA how to mix saltwater. It does not say who wrote the report, or how they got the info. When I read something may be unsafe, I tend to be hesitant to use it.December 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm #1000
Omg I use instant ocean for my saltwater.
Is it confirmed that IO has these high concentrations??
Does anyone know another salt that is marine grade that is not in a high concentration of metals?
Where is the link to the thread?
Maybe y’all can check into tropic marine pro
I will be looking that up too
December 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm #1014
- This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by Jenny Velasquez.
If people are using it with no negative results then I would believe it is safe. Because it has “higher” concentrations may not be significant since those concentrations may still be lower than that which occur in nature. Every time a volcanic vent in the ocean floor opens up and spews material into the ocean concentrations of those elements in the nearby ocean may rise temporarily.
With what little is known about LHCs, which is indeed very little, we are still pretty much “flailing around in the dark” concerning their care. For all we know, those higher concentrations in IO may actually be more beneficial to them than other brands. Until such time that LHCs start becoming sick due to use of this product I am going to consider it safe.
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