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Old 08-01-2010, 04:02 PM   #11 
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Personally, I would not add shells to a tropical fish tank. They can leach minerals into the water that increase the hardness and pH. Bettas prefer more acidic water (with a lower pH), and though they can adapt to more basic water (higher pH), it's not something you really want to mess with. There are plenty of natural items that are also beautiful that contribute to water quality in a much more positive way; such as driftwood, live plants, neutral rocks, and dried out oak leaves or indian almond leaves.
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:34 PM   #12 
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^can you you any driftwood as long as you wash it?
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:46 PM   #13 
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With driftwood that you collect-you want to try and find a hard wood or even roots are nice, stay away from vines and cedar, pine type woods
Best if they are dried or cured already-no bark on them

I collect from my local lake and ponds-I usually try to boil them for about 20-30min or so if they are small enough or you can also use the dishwasher without any chemical additives for the big pieces
Scrub well and I use a spoon on mine and scrape any soft spots off/out.
If they sink all the better, if not, leave in a tub of water to get water logged and every couple of day dump the water and scrape the wood for more soft spot.
Its not uncommon for the wood to get some fungus/mold type growth on them, I have never had a problem from it and it will usually go away on its own after a week or so, my plecos and shrimp go nuts over it and eat it and they have never died or got sick from it...hope they are smart enough to know what is safe to eat...laffs......
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:03 PM   #14 
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I will try that soon! Thanks! Is it ok if they are from the ocean though? And is this Gungus safe for the water? Because all I have in my tank is a Betta.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:29 PM   #15 
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It's a good rule of thumb to never use anything from saltwater in a freshwater tank. The branches have absorbed too much salt over time--it would be impossible to get all of the salt out. You can buy pre-soaked driftwood at Petco. Just give it a gentle boil (10 min or so) to kill off any nasties it might have picked up in the stock tanks and it will be ready for your betta tank.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:00 PM   #16 
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I have a small shell that I have in Lucky's tank and so far, no problems.

I like that tank FB239!
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:43 AM   #17 
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That's what I bee. Saying, I have had that shell in my tank for ever without a issue. Also bettas adjust there self to water and PH levels. And shells don't make ph go sky high over night so. The betta will be fine, he would rather deal with a little ph then a cup at the pet store.
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