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Can I put seashells in my fresh cold water tank? Or will it poison the water?...

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    Teenie Weenie Fish Todthefirst's Avatar
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    Default Seashells in a fresh water tank.

    Can I put seashells in my fresh cold water tank?
    Or will it poison the water?
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    I have a rock in my tank from the north sea. All I did was boil it, and now its what I strap cucumber to for my bristlenose.
    28 Gal. Bow front
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    3 - Pearl Danios
    2 - Rainbow Sharks
    1 - Von Rio Tetra
    1 - Zeebra Snail
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    1 - BRISTLENOSE

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    they can effect the hardness of your water by a ton, so unless you are running african cichlids, you cannot put seashells in the tank.
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    agreed. this will raise your pH, KH and GH by a lot because they leech calcium, magnesium and other ions into the water. african cichlids and marine systems are the only ones that can handle this becuse those systems are best with very hard water.

    I had shells in my goldfish tank. HORRIBLE idea. I wonder how many goldfish died as a result of this stupid mistake (my mom put them in there cuz they looked nice >_< )
    The GH in my tank was often 44 dGH or 700+ppm. this is considered deadly to some fish..

    Credit goes to Lludu

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    I made the same mistake with carnival goldfish. Definitely not a good idea.
    29 gallon high
    -2 Mickey Mouse platies, 2 Dalmatian mollies, 3 bleeding heart tetras, 4 serpae tetras, 1 corydora catfish, 1 upside down catfish, Twiki (<3)
    -sword plant x4, water wisteria, java moss

    20 gallon long
    -empty and in need of supplies!
    -hoping to convert 5 gallon to ADF/betta community

    5 gallon long
    -Veiltail betta, Florence and a Mystery Snail, Jojo
    -anacharis, water wisteria, java moss

    Rest in peace, Finn.

    As of 10/6/10

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    Could that rock have done the same in my tank? Because now that I think about it I had like 3 or 4 guppies die like a week or so afterwards.
    28 Gal. Bow front
    5 - Bleeding Heart Tetras
    3 - Pearl Danios
    2 - Rainbow Sharks
    1 - Von Rio Tetra
    1 - Zeebra Snail
    1 - Giant Columbian Ramshorn Snail
    1 - BRISTLENOSE

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    Test the rock using vinegar, Bristlenose. If the vinegar bubbles when it touches the rock, the rock will mess with your pH. If the vinegar doesn't bubble, the rock should be fine.
    55-1 angel, 4 fm bettas, 1 male GBR, 10 harlequin rasbora, 10 black neons, 7 cories, 1 featherfin cat, 1 BN pleco, 4 ghost shrimp
    46-4 tiger barbs, 1 SA bumblebee cat, 1 horseface loach, 1 clown pleco, 1 zebra nerite snail
    29-1 ryukin goldfish, 4 WCMM, 2 leopard danios, 5 gold barbs, 1 gold dojo loach
    28 reef-1 occellaris clownfish
    20gL-3 panda cories
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    Cool thanks bassbone!
    28 Gal. Bow front
    5 - Bleeding Heart Tetras
    3 - Pearl Danios
    2 - Rainbow Sharks
    1 - Von Rio Tetra
    1 - Zeebra Snail
    1 - Giant Columbian Ramshorn Snail
    1 - BRISTLENOSE

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    whoa thats an awesome tip brassbone!!

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