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.
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.
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.
Ok thanks you guys I will just use them as decoration in my bathroom then.
You wouldn't want beautiful seashells turning ugly as they erode. Kinda the opposite of the poor ugly duckling.:wink:
Good point Lupin. LOL
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