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Ami 06-24-2011 01:39 PM

Attaching Java fern to sea shells
A friend gave me some sea shells and I thought they might be good to attach plants like Java moss or Java fern. However, I want to know if it is a good idea...most aquariums I have seen use some kind of rock or wood.

Romad 06-24-2011 01:52 PM

Hi Ami,

It might not be a good idea to add shells (depending on the shell) to a freshwater aquarium because it might raise your ph levels. I say this tentatively because I think I read up on this here on the forum but it's been a long time since I've seen that particular thread.

When I needed to raise my ph I added some coral to my fw tank and took it out when I got to where I wanted to be. Like I said, I'm not 100% sure of shells vs. corals so wait for others with more experience to chime in here.

Byron 06-25-2011 10:56 AM

Romad is correct. Shells are basically calcium, and they dissolve, raising hardness and pH. There might also be salt. Best to leave them out of a freshwater aquarium.

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