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Old 08-19-2004, 08:18 AM   #1
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Empty shells

I've just got some empty snail shells for my hermits.

They've been taken out of a shallow open-top tank they use to keep snails/corals in at my LFS.

What should I do with the shells before adding them to my main tank?
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Old 08-19-2004, 08:38 AM   #2
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If they came straight from an invert tank then they are probably fine to put in.. I got mine from ebay so I put them in boiling water for 10 minutes just to be sure.
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I'll put them in boiling water I think too...just bring it to the boil in a pan and drop the shells straight in the pan?
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Yep.. give them a good wash in some tank water too.
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yeah, just wash them real good
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Atari: wash them after they've boiled?
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Yea just to make sure theres no traces of stuff from the tap water stuck in there.
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Yeah, turn them over a few times in a container of tank water to make sure there are no FW pockets in the shell.
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Shells are just boiling now. They ABSOLUTELY stink! Green stuff came out of them too.
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I've just boiled them, and they still stink.

They've also turned green!!
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