Quick question

  1. g

    gcdj New Member Member

    is there a way you can properly clean ocean shells so you can place them in a freshwater tank

    not sure and just wondering
  2. Regal

    Regal Well Known Member Member

    I would not do it. The shells will raise the ph in your tank.
  3. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    You'd want to be very careful to make sure that your fish couldn't get stuck inside. Maybe fill it with aquarium-safe silicone?

    And yes, I think they will raise pH. What is yours at? Are you wanting it to be raised a bit?

  4. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf Well Known Member Member

    i use shells, and wood, so it evens out, lol. just let them soak in hot soapy water for a week, change the water to keep it fresh. then let the sit in water without soap to rinse it. soap kills fish.
  5. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    would it be better to boil them, wolf? to avoid the soap altogether?
  6. jgon_

    jgon_ Well Known Member Member

    Yes, avoid soap at all costs. Soap and aquariums don't mix. Even if you really really rinse it, still not worth the risk.
  7. OP

    gcdj New Member Member

    this is for a cichlid tank so ph can be rather high ... but i dont want it to boost it too much because texas holey rock is goingin there which will also raise
  8. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Hello. Boiling your sea shells will do fine. I respectfully disagree with BadWolf. "Never" us soap for any reason when it comes to dealing with aquariums or aquarium supplies.
  9. Tigerfishy

    Tigerfishy Well Known Member Member

    Lol, was wondering this myself, my ph is quite low, 6.8, 6.9. How much would it raise the ph by roughly?