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Tetracycline

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by vckums, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. vckums

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    Wai, from HCP, found some great information.


    "Some of you may have heard that hermit crabs are bathed in tetracycline after being captured from the wild. Tetracycline not only functions as an antibiotic, but also as a chelating agent. As a chelating agent, tetracycline binds to calcium ions and prevents the body from absorbing the calcium ions. This is why all hermit crabs must be bathed upon arriving your home, so that they can start absorbing calcium from their diet properly."

    *Used with permission frm Wai at HCP. Here's the original thread.
    http://hermitcrabparadise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3246
     

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