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Old 02-23-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Safe to put store bought shells?

Hey guys, this is my first post. I went to Michaels craft store today and bought a bag of assorted shells for my hermit crabs to upgrade to. Is it safe to put them in my tank after a few rinses?

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Old 02-23-2011, 04:26 AM   #2
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Hi there im no expert as long as they came from a clean marin enveroment and they are a good size so there will be enough romm for there new home's lol also shells are a good natural buffer for you little part of nature good luck and welcome ......

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I did this a couple of years ago and worked well,you can get some great shells from small shops on the coast
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:53 AM   #4
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I'd boil'm in water first. Better safe than sorry.
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I agree but boiling them might deplate the nuitrents that the contain i would like to here mor points on this ......?

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What nutrients does an empty shell need ya think? I'm thinking none. It's not like they grow.
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+1 for boiling them. You don't want something leaching into your tank from one of those shells. The shells do not contain any nutrients.
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Are they not made up of calcium and other materials like the crushed coral and crushed sheels in your sand just a thought guys ......

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They are made of calcium, but boiling them will not make them release it, it just sterilizes them. Now if you soaked them in vinegar, then they would dissolve and release the calcium they have stored up.
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And every time you do a water change, you supplement the tank with calcium for shells, coral, or whathever else needs it.
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