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How to Dechlorinate Water for Hermit Crabs

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Water is important for all life on Earth. We'd all die without it. So will your hermit crab. Hermit crabs not only drink water, they breathe with it, they keep a stash of it in their little shells, and they employ it for molting. Filling a dish from your kitchen tap won't do. Tap water contains chlorine, which is lethal for hermit crabs. It blisters their gills and can result in suffocation. Dechlorinating water for your hermit crab takes only a few seconds and is well worth the minimal effort to keep him healthy.

Step 1

Fill the gallon jug with water from your kitchen tap.

Step 2

Drip the amount of drops recommended on the dechlorination treatment packaging into the water in the jug. Typically this will be 10 drops per gallon of water, but different treatment brands may vary.

Step 3

Screw the cap of the jug securely into place, then shake the jug to mix the treatment drops with the water.