Shells In Aquarium?

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Can you put seashells, ones that were from the ocean or beach, into your tank?
I want to put little conch shells in my tank on the sand, the fish cannot fit into them, too small of an opening.
 
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Milliemae124 said:
Yes that should be ok but remember to give them a good wash first
Should I send you a photo of them?
They are not painted, I got them in Cancun last fall.
 

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I've had shells in my tank years ago (not currently) and didn't have a problem. Would love to see a photo.
 
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Punkin said:
I've had shells in my tank years ago (not currently) and didn't have a problem. Would love to see a photo.
Hang on, I just thought of something.
Nerite and Mystery snails are in the tank all the time, and they are wearing shells
 

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Hang on, I just thought of something.
Nerite and Mystery snails are in the tank all the time, and they are wearing shells
It's slightly different, as conch has salt on it and snails do not, just wash it well with NO soap and it will be fine
 

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I used shells from the beach, so far no problems. I washed them with water, no soap, then boiled for a few minutes to kill any germs
 

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yep, just similar treatment for rocks. Should be all good after a good wash and a boil :>
 
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They just got cleaned, and I put them in the tank!
Looks pretty cool actually, I think the tank is ready for the sorority I had planned.
 

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I keep sea shells in my tank to help raise the hardness level. My water is fairly soft thus the PH is low. The seashells (or crushed coral) helps stabilize the PH at a higher level.

I wanted to let you know that the shells will slowly dissolve so if your shells are something you want to keep as a souvenir you may not want to put them in your fish tank. .
 
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They aren't souvenirs, so it won't matter to me.
I have high pH, about 8.6 which is really high.

My bettas love it though, doesn't bother anyone.
 
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