Hermit crabs

Discussion in 'Saltwater Crabs' started by mepling, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. m

    mepling New Member Member

    I want to put a couple hermit crabs in my 29 gallon tank. In researching hermit crabs I keep seeing what looks to be a need to put additaves into the water. Is this the case or would they be fine without special attention?
     
  2. ryanr

    ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    Hi, welcome to Fishlore :;hi1

    Can you be more specific as to what additives/supplements are being suggested?

    Hermits should be fine without the need for supplements.

    EDIT: But you do need to provide them with larger shells to move into as they grow ;)
     
  3. OP
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    m

    mepling New Member Member

    Thank you. Here is something I found on liveaquaria.com on hermit crabs. Under "supplements" there are some things it looks like they suggest adding these to the water??

    QUICK STATS
    Care Level: Easy
    Temperament: Peaceful
    Reef Compatible: Yes
    Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
    Max. Size: 2"
    Color Form: Blue, Orange, Tan
    Diet: Omnivore
    Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
    Compatibility: View Chart
    Origin: Hawaiian Islands
    Family: Diogenidae
     
  4. ryanr

    ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    Ah, ok.
    Calcium and Magnesium are the major elements for reef health.
    Iodine and Trace elements are also essential to the health of a reef.

    All of these elements are generally replaced with water changes. If you have a high demand reef system (SPS corals), it may be necessary to supplement the tank with Calcium and Magnesium, but otherwise, regular water changes (10% per week) should be enough to maintain the elements at the necessary levels.

    Is your 29G full marine or still brackish? Hermits need full marine to survive.
     
  5. OP
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    m

    mepling New Member Member

    It is still brakish, 1.015. I plan to raise it to full marine though. Then I would like some hermits.
    Thanks, I was confused. I havent gotten into coral yet so a lot of the chemistry stuff I havent got a clue..
     
  6. ryanr

    ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    What will you do with the GSP?

    Brackish vs Marine is a fair step in salinity
     
  7. OP
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    m

    mepling New Member Member

    When the GSP is an adult he will live in marine conditions. All the research I've done says they thrive in full marine.
     
  8. J

    JessiNoel21 Well Known Member Member

    I know the conversion has to be a slow one cuz juvie GSP can go into shock if the salinity is rised to quick.
     




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