Can I put shells in my tank

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My fiancée has a packet of shells she bought from a tourist shop on holiday in dubai and she was asking me if she could put some in the tank, some of them look really nice and I would quite like them in there if it won't cause any harm, they came in a little wicker basket and they look untreated to me, not shiny and no smell from them, they do feel a little powdery after rubbing them for a while but I was thinking I could wash them and boil them just to be safe, has anyone else used shells before?

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Reply #1

I use shells that I find on local beaches for my hermits. I boil them for 15 minutes then rinse them well. I don’t seem to have a problem. Only thing is they allow detritus to build up underneath, but also can be a good hiding places for critters.


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Reply #2

Think you just answered you're own question there  lol
Yes you can
Be a bit carefull with the really big shells though,a fish could get stuck inside them,
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Reply #3

Yes shells and barnacles are great additions.
I give mine a quick rinse under tap water and then in the tank, just make sure to clean them out during your tank maintenance

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Reply #4

Thanks very much guys that's great news, I'm sure my fiancee will be happy aswell which is even better as it'll definitely be easier to convince her "we" need a new coral/fish if she likes it, I did think about detritus building up inside but I'm happy to give them a clean alongside waterchanges

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Reply #5

I'd wait until after the cycle, and all the algae blooms have finished. When that's all under control, add them.
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That's a good idea waiting for the cycle, I haven't had any algae yet but it was a bad algae outbreak that made me close down my first attempt at saltwater, this time round I am prepared to battle through the headaches lol, who said fish tanks are peaceful?? Lol

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Reply #7

The big shells,if you want them as display only fill them with sand and bury them a little bit that way nothing can go inside and get trapped,just an idea,
Also make sure that any shop bought shells don't have any varnish on them.
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Reply #8

Thanks for that tip about filling with sand, that's a cracking idea, I will do that when they go in

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