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Old 12-10-2012, 01:53 PM   #1 
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Seashells?

I've seen varying opinions on whether or not it's safe to use real seashells in your aquarium. Does anyone have experience with this? I've got jars full of shells that I was considering using in my betta tanks but I don't want to harm any of my little guys.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:59 PM   #2 
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I would be afraid of sharp edges and pointed parts hurting the fish. however if you can find a very smooth on and or bury the sharp sides in sand/gravel.. it may perhaps be okay. ** note I have no idea as far as bacteria or parasites.

I'm starting to wonder this myself now, it would look good in my tank haha.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #3 
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Luckily most of my shells are intact and have no sharp edges. What I'm really wanting to do is use aquarium sealant as glue and make little structures out of the shells. Like archways and such.. I saw something similar on etsy but it was close to $50. Couldn't see paying that when I have all the materials to make my own.
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I couldn't get a definite answer either, so I started with just a couple in my 1.5 gallon and now I have about 10 in there. Been a couple of months, no issues. All I did was put them in boiling water for a minute!
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:12 PM   #5 
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As long as they are clean, there are no sharp edges and no small holes in the structures you are wanting to make, I don't see why not.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:13 PM   #6 
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Thank you all!
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Shells are made from calcium carbonate and will increase the pH and hardness of the water as they slowly degrade. As bettas are softwater fish, it is pretty unnecessary to do this, however as long as the levels don't go too high it should be fine.
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