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  • #732

    Beth
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    I have been using the same salt water for almost 2 years, and now I cannot find it.  I went to petsmart and petco, and was told the company that makes it was bought out by someone else.  I used oceanic instant sea salt mix.  Since it is no longer available, I had to buy something else.  Instant Ocean Sea Salt.  Does anyone use this brand?  The clerk at petsmart also tried to sell me the bottled salt water, I said no thanks, and told him to not sell it to other customers.  He said he didn’t, but tried to sell it to me………….unbelievable………..any way, the directions are the same, so time to make the salt water for the kiddies now.

    #735

    Beth
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    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.

    #741

    Robyn
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    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.

    #742

    Beth
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    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.

    #743

    Beth
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    Here is the saltwater mix article, please scroll down until you see Instant Ocean

    #744

    Beth
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    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.

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    Torian
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    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. :D it turns out a ton of people on HCA use instant ocean.

    #753

    Julie
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    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.

     

    #754
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    Torian
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    Personally Beth I would say its fine for now.

    #755
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    Torian
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    I use 100% organic sea salt with no additives for quite some time and it works great! Perfecto

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    Shawn
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    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.

    #995

    Beth
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    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!

    #997

    Robyn
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    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.

    #998

    Beth
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    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.

    #1000

    Jęnnÿ
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    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

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