Water types in your crabarium
There should be two sources of water in your tank.
- Fresh water bowl (de-chlorinated and aged)
- Ocean water pond (de-chlorinated and aged water with ocean salts added such as Instant Ocean)
I once used API Tap Water conditioner but have been advised that whilst it removes heavy metals, chloramines (combination of chlorine and ammonia) and breaks the chlorine-ammonia bond, however it does not remove ammonia from the water.
There are water conditioners which do also neutralise ammonia, such as:
- and others
You should provide water dishes large enought that your hermit crab can submerge (and thus bathe themselves).
I personally also offer water treated with Stress Coat (de-chlorinator with Aloe vera) in a bathing dish when I adopt new hermit crabs or if I find mites or other bugs irritating my crabs. I was introduced to Stress Coat by Crablover Don aka Don Drenning. He gave his non-moulting hermit crabs a bath once a week and it helps create a conditioning external coating that can be helfpul for hermit crabs that are dehydrated due to poor conditions. It is not as popular in the hermit crab community at present but I still use it on occasion.
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