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Seashells and Ph

This is a discussion on Seashells and Ph within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Originally Posted by Byron The acid regeant in a nitrate test apparently works better, not sure but I think it is Regeant #2--it's the ...

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Old 01-23-2010, 01:03 AM   #11
 
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The acid regeant in a nitrate test apparently works better, not sure but I think it is Regeant #2--it's the one that is an acid anyway.
Bottle #1 is 41% hydrochloric acid. This is a much stronger acid than vinegar and is double the concentration of the "other" commonly available strong acid, muriatic acid (which is actually just a 20% HCl solution). The ultimate "is ____ made of calcium?" test.

I agree, though. Seashells are almost entirely calciferous material and will most certainly raise your pH and hardness.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #12
 
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What if the shell was sealed with aquarium safe silicone?
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #13
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Same thing applies to corals, in case it comes up.

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:58 PM   #14
 
We hear of these concerns and I don't mean to make light of them but I have to wonder to what extent shells dissolve in FW to change the pH. It would make sense if shells were ground into a powder and added to the water, but as hard shells I wouldn't think they could do much to the pH.
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