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Old 07-31-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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I am going to the beach this week and was wondering if i could put a shell or two from the beach in my tank. Can I do this? And as for cleaning them what would I do?
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I am not entirely sure all I know is that things should be calcareous (calcium-based).
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How do I know if they calcareous (calcium-based)?
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Old 07-31-2009, 02:44 PM   #4
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Hmmm, I think they are already, just make sure to boil them first before you put them in the tank (I read that out of a SW Aquarium book).
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It's probably not the best thing to bring shells in from the beach, there are tons of pollutants that could be introduced to your tank, copper being one of the. If you really see something you just have to have, you can boil or soak in bleach and then a de-chlor (for the bleach) and let air dry....
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Bacteria question

Follow-up question: Assuming the seashell is properly cleaned at first, does the hollow space inside pose any trouble, like a place for harmful bacteria to grow out of the way of alge eaters, brushes, water flow, etc?

I guess it could be filled with epoxy to prevent that.
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You must be talking about large shells as the smaller ones would be taken up by Hermits in a snap.
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Did you know that it is illegal to remove shells from most beaches? I know everyone does it but...
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That's a good point and everyone should know their local laws. Just go to your local DLNR office or check it out on the net.
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And also shells can trap fish waste causing high nitrate problems.
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