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Any way of neturalising shells to put as tank decoration in a freshwater tank?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by jo_forest_queen, May 22, 2007.

  1. jo_forest_queen

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    I have been an avid collector of shells for a long time, I would like to put some in my tank but want to neturalise there salt content, can I boil them then put them in my freshwater tank? Thanks!

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    if you boil them, they'll most likely crack and/or break...

    something else to remember that you CANT get off of shells is that they will raise your pH.. too much could be detrimental depending on your setup.
     
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    I soak mine in 10% bleach for 8-10 hours and rinse well. FYI - Too much will turn your shells white!
     
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    Steaming is another possibility, plenty of people do that with marine shells collected on the beach...Same principle applies to FW....

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    you can coat them so they wont break down in the tank and mess with the ph.
     
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    What would you coat them with?

    Thanks :)
     
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    Fantastic idea Mgamer!

    I suspect a clear epoxy or acrylic.
     
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    marine epoxy...

    MaxBond LV A/B, and some M.E.K. (to make the epoxy thinner.... trust me on this one, seriously)
     

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