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post #1 of 10 Old 01-24-2009, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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How bout boiling Shells?????

ok how bout those real pretty salt water shells from hawaii that come up on the beach, if I boil those can i put them in a freshwater tank?>
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-24-2009, 05:08 PM
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they will alter the PH level in your tank.
depending on the fish you are keeping,it probably would not be a good idea,sorry.

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-24-2009, 05:11 PM
I honestly wouldn't see a problem with it. Just don't add too many, crushed sea shells and coral are often used in freshwater tanks to raise PH and hardness, usually for cichlids.

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-24-2009, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-24-2009, 09:04 PM
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Just rinse them out well as long as you don't have a rediculas amount of them you'll be fine especially if they're not near a strong flow of water once they grow some algae on them they'll be relatively inert.
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-24-2009, 10:31 PM
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Seashells contain a lot of calcium carbonate which does alter the pH and hardness levels. If your fish are already adapted to such conditions, they'll be fine otherwise you risk increasing their susceptibility towards finrot and other bacterial infections which is quite common for specimens from soft acidic waters such as bettas.

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post #7 of 10 Old 01-24-2009, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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ok so to be safe i should just stay away and get fake shells?
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ok so to be safe i should just stay away and get fake shells?
What fish do you have? Unless the species you have appreciate hard alkaline watern avoid these seashells.

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-25-2009, 12:21 PM
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I did this to my shells I rinsed them off and then soaked them for a week. After that I dried them then boiled them in 1/4 of a cup vinger and then covered them with water the rest of the way for about 45 min. Then I let then sit for a about 15min and put them in. My fish have been fine with it.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-26-2009, 08:16 AM
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Again, it depends on what fish you have and what your water conditions are. As a rule of thumb its just not a good idea.

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