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Are Shells you buy safe?

corw314

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Lil P has been living on and off in a small conch shell. When I was in the Keys, I picked up a quite large one that I think he would love. What do I need to do to make sure this is safe for the tank? I thought about boiling it in water for 20 mins.

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joel_ang

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Yea, boiling it should work, but could it be that there were heavy metals in the water from which it was collected. Did you just go to the keys?
 

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Also make sure that there's no varnish on the shell If you bought it from a souveneir shop. Don't know what that could do but its good to be safe.
 

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My mom lived on Sanibel Island (noted for its shells) and became an avid shell collector. The method used there was to soak the shells in bleach solution to clean them. I would suppose that a good soaking and boiling water would get rid of any traces of bleach, if that was used.

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