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muffineatsfish 01-24-2009 02:19 PM

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?>

willow 01-24-2009 05:08 PM

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.

Mikaila31 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.

muffineatsfish 01-24-2009 06:33 PM


FordMan 01-24-2009 09:04 PM

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.

Lupin 01-24-2009 10:31 PM

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.

muffineatsfish 01-24-2009 11:00 PM

ok so to be safe i should just stay away and get fake shells?

Lupin 01-25-2009 01:26 AM


Originally Posted by muffineatsfish (Post 166321)
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.

snowsnow 01-25-2009 12:21 PM

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.

Tyyrlym 01-26-2009 08:16 AM

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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