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Old 06-04-2009, 09:19 PM   #1 
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Question Shells?

Has anyone here ever used shells as decorations in their tanks? Obviously I would have to clean them since I found them on the beach, but other than that does anyone know of any reason not to use shells? and how would you recommend cleaning them, soaking without soap or just rinsing them off? Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:29 PM   #2 
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NO SAOP that can and will kill your betta!!!!! justr warm water i use shells i find all the time but make sure there are no sharp edges
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:35 PM   #3 
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If they are flat shells you could boil them in water and that will kill any germs. Or if they are spiral or hollow to where boiling air could get trapped and explode if boiled, you can just boil water, and then rinse the shellswith the boiling water. That would also kill all the bacteria and such.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:48 AM   #4 
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i would just use hot water like in the bath tube i use boilling hot water but they bot are good
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:49 AM   #5 
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i noticed bettas dont pay to much attention to shells
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:10 AM   #6 
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thanks for the advice, I'll try boiling the flat ones and just using hot water to rinse the others. His tank is kind of a beachy theme, palm trees and a tiki man thing he likes to sleep in so I thought some shells might look neat in there, I'll make sure they dont have sharp edges. I have this huge conch ( i think thats what its called) shell that I was thinking about using once I get him a bigger tank. Its big enough he could easily go in it and hide. Do you think this is a good idea?
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:49 AM   #7 
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That sounds beautiful! I bet the conch is nice, I would just make sure your lil guy wasn't able to get stuck in it. My fish tends to get himself wedged pretty easily. You wouldn't want him to go all the way in the inside and not be able to get back out. A beach theme is a really cool idea though! You should put some pictures up!
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:53 PM   #8 
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Seashells are calcium carbonate. It'll increase both pH and KH thus making your betta more prone to finrot issues.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:20 PM   #9 
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I always thought shells could change the pH too much.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:48 PM   #10 
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I have used shells that I bought in Australia!!! But make sure you rinse very well, and steer away from sharpe edges!!! :]. But other then that they are awesome!!! :]
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