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I'm still planning my aquarium setup but one thing I've wanted since the beginning was to use Shells I got form my honeymoon to make a "reef." What I have is a bunch of large(larger than your hand) broken spiral shells that have basically turned to rock. I don't think their fakes shells, as they have a complete spirals all the way through and most fakes don't. These have either been covered in silt for a long long time or on the beach covered in sand for a long long time as they're basically petrified shells. What I need to know is whether or not they'll be safe for using in an aquarium, and if so how I can properly sanitize them. They've been in a box for a year now(our honeymoon was a year ago) and I've rinsed out all the sand. I also have a a small bag full or sand/broken tiny shells and was wondering if that work mixed in with gravel for a more natural look. Any help/tips would be appreciated. I've got alot of planning to do.
 

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When you say Reef, i think saltwater, but this is in the freshwater section. Which are we talkin about here ?? *pc and by the way Welcome to the Forum, I must have missed your Intro :(
 

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Well, thats why I call it a "reef." It's basically just gonna be a big structure made out of all the shells siliconed or cemented together to make alot of great hiding places and what not. A nice large structure. It's definetaly gonna be a freshwater tank until I getter better at keeping fish alive. I had issues in the past, but I'm more resposible now so I should do ALOT better.
 

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:) I see, well my friend we all grow daily in this hobby, we learn hopefully from our mistakes and from the mistakes, or success, of others on nice Forums like this one. I like the idea of using the shells from your honeymoon, I think putting things in your tank you picked up here and there around the world, to use as decorations, adds to its enjoyment. So everytime you look at it, those wonderful memories will come back to you. Oh and Please be sure whatever you glue those shells together with, is fish-safe. I suggest, using silicone made specifically for aquariums, usually to be found at any good pet supply store. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress, and maybe a few Pics as you go along *pc
 

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I'll keep that in mind. I've got a while before I set up my aquarium, heck I don't even have one yet. The shells at at my parents so when I go up there tommorrow I'll get them and a PH test from petsmart and see what they do. Should I go head and boil them first? Adn would that affect their color?
 

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I'm just concerned about sterilizing them. I'll have to run them in water a while to see if they leach too much. Hopefully they won't. If not, is there anyway of coating them in silicone?
 

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I put shells from north carolina into my tank and noticed after a few weeks that the tank was becoming cloudy and the ph went way up. I tried to wait it out but had to pull them as they kept on clouding the water. I kept a few in a glass to check it and sure enough, white cloudy water. I dont recommend it personally.
 

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I thought that the more acidic the ph, the stronger ammonia gets..... anyways, have you decided what fish to stock this tank with? african mbuna would make a stunning display! also, you'll probably find a few babies hiding in the shells....
 
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I'm hoping since alot of them look petrified, an not like shells anymore that they'll be more like rocks and not leech as much or at all. I guess i'll just have to see.
 
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