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Old 07-02-2006, 08:36 AM   #1
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Shells in a saltwater tank???

Ok so I have just set up a salt water tank. It is a 55 Gallon with a 402 powerhead, Rena XP3 and a Emperor 400. Substrate is about 15 ponds of crushed coral and there is about 5 pounds or live rock in there currently.

My questions is that I have collected some sea shells off beaches during holidays and was wondering if it would be safe to put them in the tank as decorations?

PS. I have collected the shells over a long time period. Something like 12 years. So some of them are pretty old.

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Yes you could but they will probably just have algae grow on them at first and then there is coraline algae that may cover them with a hard encrusting algae. so if you really like them I would not put them in the tank. Or just try a few to see how it goes.

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Thanks for the advise. I think I will try a few just to see.
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I started my tank w/CC but it gets dirty, limits a clean up crew, wich traps a lot of funk in it, did I saw it was a pain to clean? LOL! Well, I would make sure CC is what you definitely want, before you add anything else. I had to remove 40LBs of CC and sift out the 30LBs of LS I already had in my tank.

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