Bamboo Charcoal Shelter Safe For Shrimps

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Hello,

I am debating if I should purchase these Bamboo Charcoal Shelter and wrap java moss around it to make a safe shelter for my Red Cherry Shrimps. Are these safe in the aquarium? Has anyone used these before?

My only concern is from what I heard about Charcoal is that its good for awhile in the fish tank but after time it leaks out impurities...is this true?
 
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Do you have a photo or a link to the product?
 
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That's bamboo charcoal. The shelter is just a tube of bamboo charcoal.
 
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What a strange item. I've never heard of that or seen it before.
 
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Its water safe from my knowledge, it provides a great place for the shrimps to hide. However, if you use it with fish make sure its not too small so that the fish can wedge itself in there
 
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or should I get this one, wrap with java moss to make a shrimp shelter?
 
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If it was me, I'd just grab some rocks from outdoors and make my own......
 
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I found another option without breaking the bank as I was researching last night. PVC pipes from home depot and glue them together into a pyramid like the picture ;-)
 
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bingo!

just be sure to file down the edges so that they are not sharp, which they will be after you cut the pipe to fit.
 
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The moss alone makes a good shelter too btw
 
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I was going to tie down the moss around the pvc to make it look natural.
 
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Sounds good. I'm not sure moss will attach to pvc, but it should certainly envelop it in time.
 
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I read in order for the moss to attach is that you file the entire pipe with sand paper so it will create little groves for the moss to attach
 
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Right, to make a rough surface. What I'm talking about is sanding down the edges at the ends of the pipes. I should've been more specific. If you have something crawling inside the pipe, you don't want it to get cut up going in and out.
 
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just make pinholes in the PVC and use a small needle to thread moss into it, should work. Filing would work too(as I realize not everyone has a drill like that XD)
 
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Here is a picture of my own Shrimp Condo, instead of purchasing on ebay I made my own.

I ended up sanding the entrance/exits, the sides, and accidentally my fingers as well. I wanted to sand all sides/surfaces to give some rough surface for the Moss to attach. I also sanded the entrances/exits so it wouldn't hurt my precious shrimps/khulis. What do you think?

They are being housed in a separate container and being fertilized (not sure if you can fertilize moss) for about 2-4 weeks so they can attached themselves to the tubes and have a head start in growing. I have enough pieces to make 20 shrimp condos or make some shrimp mansions. Thought about selling some if I have any interest from people.
 
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