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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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I have a 55 gallon, 40 gallon, 29 gallon, 20 gallon tank, 5 gallon , and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.
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.
The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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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