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Old 08-25-2012, 12:14 PM   #1 
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Er, real skull as a decoration?

Ok, so this might be a little...off...to some people, but whatever.

I have a 10 acre horse farm, so naturally there are other inhabitants that wander around the property like fox, skunks, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, etc. I found a skull of an animal some time ago, and it has just been sitting outside for the past few months. Could it be aquarium safe? Could I make it aquarium safe? I'm not sure if I even would want it in my aquarium, just kind of thinking out loud.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:17 PM   #2 
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I know some folks love the fake ones but frankly I think skulls whether fake or real are GROSS!

Recently someone posted a picture of their tank with some real deer horns in it and no one said it was dangerous, so maybe you'd have to boil it first? Google: "real skulls in aquarium"
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:23 PM   #3 
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Yeah boil it first if you did but I dont think its a good idea to put in your tank.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:26 PM   #4 
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Source of calcium; as it naturally decomposes (and it will), it will raise calcium ion concentration in the water, producing hard water.

The question is: at what rate will it decompose-- which I'm not sure anyone has an answer for.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #5 
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That would be an interesting idea though, although I can see what Olympia said happening.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #6 
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As someone who has boiled down far too many animal carcasses in her day, let me tell you that it is really hard to get rid of all the bits that will decay and cause ammonia spikes. The only really good way to get a clean skull or bones is to soak it in chemicals, like borax - which would probably not be good to add to your tank. You might try boiling it and then letting it sit in water for a few weeks. Bones also contain bone grease, which can be really gross and I'm not sure if it will cause issues with the ph of your water or not. It would be an interesting experiment though, but I would hesitate to do it with fish! Oh and btw, I swear I'm not creepy I just have a degree in anthropology and I deal with zooarchaeology a lot which involves many many dead animals :P
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:46 PM   #7 
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Bleach! the soak and clean. then immerse in prime! lololol
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:34 PM   #8 
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it might be done if you boiled it, let some dermestid beetles go at it to get the remaining chunks off, then clear-coated it with aquarium safe clear paint, and let it dry for at least 48 hours. or you could get a fake molded skull that's already aquarium-safe and probably designed specifically for fish to swim in and out of.
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it might be done if you boiled it, let some dermestid beetles go at it to get the remaining chunks off, then clear-coated it with aquarium safe clear paint, and let it dry for at least 48 hours. or you could get a fake molded skull that's already aquarium-safe and probably designed specifically for fish to swim in and out of.
Swimming in and out of it.. excellent point there. depending on the age of the skull, and how quickly it was prepared, it could splinter badly and have really sharp edges. If it is fresh and isn't allowed to dry out before it is defleshed and has all the cartilaginous material removed, then it will not shatter and will be well conditioned with bone grease.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:33 PM   #10 
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First thing I thought of was sharp pieces in the holes. But if you combine a lot of the methods here, first let beetles clean it, then boil and bleach it (file off any sharp edges), soak it for a few weeks in plain water and prime then dry it and paint it with aquarium paint and then it could be safe?
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