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Old 09-23-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
 
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Are Sea Shells safe for freshwater fish...

I purchased some plants (fake) from someone in Hawaii on ebay and included with the plants were some beautiful sea shells I would like put them in my tanks but wanted to make sure it was safe first.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
 
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Sea shells can raise the alkalinity or pH in your tank depending on size of shells and the tank. Personally ,unless I was keeping African cichlids that appreciate hard ,alkaline water I would not use them.I have more than a few shells that I would think ,would look nicein my tanks but I can't due to afore mentioned results.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
 
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Agree with 1077, forget the shells. They are calcium-based and will leech minerals (calcium) into the water raising pH and hardness, either minimal or significantly depending upon the shells. If you are heading towards a planted aquarium as I think you are, this is the last thing you want as it will be detrimental.

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Old 09-23-2009, 01:00 PM   #4
 
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Ok thanks you guys I will just use them as decoration in my bathroom then.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:09 AM   #5
 
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You wouldn't want beautiful seashells turning ugly as they erode. Kinda the opposite of the poor ugly duckling.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:08 AM   #6
 
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Good point Lupin. LOL
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