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Old 04-16-2013, 05:29 PM   #1 
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Question Putting saltwater shells in freshwater tank?

I collected some really neat little snail and crab shells from Laguna Beach, and I thought they would make a great addition the the sorority tank I am cycling for my girls. Their inhabitants are long gone but I don't want any microscopic critters to hurt anyone. Since they are porous, I don't want to risk them absorbing bleach.... so how do I make sure they are safe for the tank?

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Old 04-16-2013, 05:34 PM   #2 
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Boiling water?
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #3 
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oh. duh. wow it really is one of those days hahaha thanks
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:42 PM   #4 
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Yup thats what I thought... boil em
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:44 PM   #5 
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ever ask something completely obvious and then feel dumb? story of this thread. lol
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:28 PM   #6 
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They will still cause fluctuations in the pH, monitor to make sure it doesn't go too high.. normally shells (even if boiled) are not recommended for freshwater tanks.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:51 PM   #7 
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Your not supposed to boil rocks, the water inside could cause it to explode. Not sure if the same applies for shells but I wouldn't take the risk if I were you.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #8 
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Thanks guys! I think ill just be better off without them afterall
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