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Old 08-08-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Adding Seashells

I found some nice seashells and stones on the beach today. I intend to boil them for some time and then add them to my 10 gallon tank.

If my pH is normally 8.2, would it have a negative affect to add the shells? How high would the pH be if I add the shells? And how long should I boil them?
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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I found some nice seashells and stones on the beach today. I intend to boil them for some time and then add them to my 10 gallon tank.

If my pH is normally 8.2, would it have a negative affect to add the shells? How high would the pH be if I add the shells? And how long should I boil them?
Wont have any effect on ph. Boiling just a few mins all bacteria will die before the water even begins to roll.. just make sure they are dry before placing them.
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I would scrub them in vinegar water and then boil for 20 minutes. That's what I did to some rocks I had stored outside and no problems. Then let them air dry and add.

I don't know about the pH. I don't think it would effect it much, though.
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Got it. Thank you!
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I would scrub them in vinegar water and then boil for 20 minutes. That's what I did to some rocks I had stored outside and no problems. Then let them air dry and add.

I don't know about the pH. I don't think it would effect it much, though.
With rock yes because its alot more to it then a non porous shell..
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