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Old 02-23-2011, 11:01 AM   #11
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Didnt know that about the vinegar thats intresting krypt have you ever done it maybe you should and bottle it and sell it lol ......

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Old 02-24-2011, 02:52 AM   #12
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Thanks guys! You are are very helpful! So glad I got this app!! Some of my crabs already switched shells today. Even got to watch one try on about 6 different ones and still end up with it's original. Was pretty cool to watch..
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:14 PM   #13
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Just curious, but is there any way to add some shells I found on the beach?
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:45 PM   #14
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Same thing. Boil'm.
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I put some real Cong shells in from Mexico after boiling them of course, I put 5 of them in, and my hermits have not even looked at them

Maybe the shells are too big still ???
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Whats the point of boiling shells from the ocean i understand micheals craft shells but wouldnt ocean shells be kinda like adding live rock?
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I actually didn't boil them when I should've just rinsed with hot water many times. So far no issues.. *fingers crossed
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Well I have a freshwater tank that I wanted to add them to. I thoroughly rinsed them with rubbing alcohol, and washed them like, 20 times in varying degrees of warm-hot-cold water.
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The point of boiling or very hot water rinse is to get residual pollutants off of them. Youy're gonna find empty shells washed up on the shore. Plenty opportunity to be polluted. Live rock is harvested from the depth of the water. Big dif.
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The point of boiling or very hot water rinse is to get residual pollutants off of them. Youy're gonna find empty shells washed up on the shore. Plenty opportunity to be polluted. Live rock is harvested from the depth of the water. Big dif.
Yes precisely. I did not go scuba diving for my shells. Picked them up on the beach. So naturally I boiled them for a minute to get any parasites or pollutants out.
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