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Old 12-05-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Salinity help needed!!! Measurements

I went to the beach and found some hermits. I would like to keep them alive. But don't know how much salt to add per gallon. I will be keeping them in a gallon container. Any help is appreciated. Thank you
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I went to the beach and found some hermits. I would like to keep them alive. But don't know how much salt to add per gallon. I will be keeping them in a gallon container. Any help is appreciated. Thank you
No instructions on the box/bucket? What salt are you using?
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Normally 1/2 cup per gallon.
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No instructions on the box/bucket? What salt are you using?
I am using hawaiian salt. (I live in hawaii lol) Generally used for drying fish.
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Is that like table salt??? You need to use aquarium salt! You will need much more than the right salt to keep those guys alive in a gallon jug I am afraid loads to research before jumping into that...
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I'd go put the hermits back they will not last long in a gallon jug. You will need a marine grade salt if you want to attempt this
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Is that like table salt??? You need to use aquarium salt! You will need much more than the right salt to keep those guys alive in a gallon jug I am afraid loads to research before jumping into that...
Hawaiian salt is ocean water that gets dried out by the sun. Figured that by rehydrating it, it could somewhat replicate the ocean. Also I don't mind if they die, I picked them for their shells they inhabited. Just wouldn't mind trying to keep them alive. I have a guilt issue when it comes to taking shells with crabs in them. I have a 3G, 3.5G, or 20G I can put them in. But I won't be home till Friday. So right now I am trying to make do with what I have temporarily.
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I'd go put the hermits back they will not last long in a gallon jug. You will need a marine grade salt if you want to attempt this
I think they may die then. I am keeping the shells and I am far away from where I got them. (About 25 miles)
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My grandmother brought me some ocean water after she got off work, I now have them in a cooler temporarily. Going to place a air pump in when I get to my brothers. They look a lot happier.

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Also I don't mind if they die, I picked them for their shells they inhabited.I have a guilt issue when it comes to taking shells with crabs in them. .
Hermit crab or not you shouldnt be going along picking animals up just for your leisure. Its upsetting to see that someone can be so lax about purposefully killing animals just for a shell. Why dont you just either find empty shells or buy them... Thats alot better than harvesting live ones only to let them die
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