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Old August 16th 04, 02:11 PM
Alan Silver
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Hello,

We have just come back from holiday and, having done the obligatory days
on the beach, have returned with a small collection of pleasant shells.
These came from the North-East coast of England if it makes any
difference.

Is there any problem with putting these in my cichlid tank ? Obviously I
would wash them first, but do I need to do anything else ?

TIA

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Old August 16th 04, 02:48 PM
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On Mon, 16 Aug 2004 14:11:54 +0100, Alan Silver
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Hello,

We have just come back from holiday and, having done the obligatory days
on the beach, have returned with a small collection of pleasant shells.
These came from the North-East coast of England if it makes any
difference.

Is there any problem with putting these in my cichlid tank ? Obviously I
would wash them first, but do I need to do anything else ?

TIA


Lots of "it depends" like the pH of the water and the type of
cichlids.

Give us some more details.


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Old August 16th 04, 04:59 PM
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On Mon, 16 Aug 2004 15:06:20 +0100, Alan Silver
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pH of the water is about 8, but this is an estimate as my test kit ran
out and I haven't bothered replacing it as I so rarely used it.

The cichlids are Malawis.


That's OK then. The shells will help maintain the slightly alkaline
water that is preferred by Malawi cichlids.


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Old August 16th 04, 05:38 PM
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In message , Sean M
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adding sea shells to a freshwater tank won't be a good idea since it can
cause a ph spike. I learned the hard way lol


Except that this is a cichlid tank, and I want hard water. The substrate
is crushed coral and shells !! I wasn't worried about the pH, I was more
worried about diseases, parasites and anything else that may come in
with the shells.

Thanx anyway

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On Mon, 16 Aug 2004 14:11:54 +0100, Alan Silver
wrote:

Hello,

We have just come back from holiday and, having done the obligatory days
on the beach, have returned with a small collection of pleasant shells.
These came from the North-East coast of England if it makes any
difference.

Is there any problem with putting these in my cichlid tank ? Obviously I
would wash them first, but do I need to do anything else ?

TIA

Lots of "it depends" like the pH of the water and the type of
cichlids.

Give us some more details.


Sorry, I was a bit vague ;-)

pH of the water is about 8, but this is an estimate as my test kit ran
out and I haven't bothered replacing it as I so rarely used it.

The cichlids are Malawis.

Please see
http://fish.alansilver.co.uk/Mark3/ for more details of the
tank and fish.

Hope this is enough. Thanx for the reply.

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Old August 16th 04, 08:44 PM
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I've had seashells in my cichlid tank for a few years now. What I do is
boil them for about an hour so all the bacterias are gone.

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Hello,

We have just come back from holiday and, having done the obligatory days
on the beach, have returned with a small collection of pleasant shells.
These came from the North-East coast of England if it makes any
difference.

Is there any problem with putting these in my cichlid tank ? Obviously I
would wash them first, but do I need to do anything else ?

TIA

--
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PSG Fish Tanks - http://fish.alansilver.co.uk/


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Old August 17th 04, 01:38 PM
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In message , Louamb
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I've had seashells in my cichlid tank for a few years now. What I do is
boil them for about an hour so all the bacterias are gone.


Thanx, that was what I guessed, but I wanted to check.

Did boiling them spoil them at all ?

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Hello,

We have just come back from holiday and, having done the obligatory days
on the beach, have returned with a small collection of pleasant shells.
These came from the North-East coast of England if it makes any
difference.

Is there any problem with putting these in my cichlid tank ? Obviously I
would wash them first, but do I need to do anything else ?

TIA

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PSG Fish Tanks - http://fish.alansilver.co.uk/


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Old August 17th 04, 02:59 PM
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"Alan Silver" wrote in message

Did boiling them spoil them at all ?


Hi Alan

Don't bother boiling them, thats just overkill. However, there might be some
remains left in the shells of whatever was inhabiting them at some stage.
Fill a small bucket up halfway, add some salt (alot) and let them sit for a
week, replacing new water every 2 days or so. The shells will be fine in the
tank after this.
If you have enough shells you can crush a few them, put them into an old
nylon stocking and add that to your filter aswell. The more the merrier Imo.

If you ever come across crushed coral at the LFS this can be added too in
liberal ammounts.
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Old August 17th 04, 03:47 PM
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In message , Happy'Cam'per
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"Alan Silver" wrote in message

Did boiling them spoil them at all ?


Hi Alan

Don't bother boiling them, thats just overkill. However, there might be some
remains left in the shells of whatever was inhabiting them at some stage.
Fill a small bucket up halfway, add some salt (alot) and let them sit for a
week, replacing new water every 2 days or so. The shells will be fine in the
tank after this.


Thanx, that sounds even easier !!

If you have enough shells you can crush a few them, put them into an old
nylon stocking and add that to your filter aswell. The more the merrier Imo.


I don't have that many, just a few nice ones picked up on the beach.

If you ever come across crushed coral at the LFS this can be added too in
liberal ammounts.


The substrate in this tank is basically crushed coral and shells. A few
of the smaller shells survived the crushing, but it's mostly bits.

Ta ra and thanx for the reply.

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