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« on: April 30, 2013, 01:20:35 AM »

Hi everyone. I'ts been a awhile since I've been here, hope everyone is well.

I was given a large turtle shell and wondering if it's something I can use in one of my tanks.
If so what would be the proper cleaning method? Boiling, bleach, baking.
Not sure how long its been sitting but its seems to be cleared out of any remains. It's also peeling the outer lining of the shell.

Any info would be helpful and appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 06:13:40 AM »

I wouldn't recommend putting the dead remains of any animal into a tank.  While bones do indeed break down slower, they are still going to break down and release all sorts of lovely things into your water.  Not a good idea.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2013, 07:23:49 AM »

Wouldn't it be the same as putting a snail shell in the tank, Karen?
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2013, 01:08:13 PM »

Short answer no. I could be totally off here but believe I am mostly right. Snail shells are made mostly out of calcium, hence the need for calcium supplements. Turtle shells are made out of other stuff hence the peeling. Also the snail shells we tend to put in our tanks are aquatic snails not landbased. Had more thoughts but lost them dang cold medicines.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2013, 07:30:00 PM »

Wouldn't it be the same as putting a snail shell in the tank, Karen?

Ohhh goodness no!  Great question though.  Snail shells are calcium carbonate, same exact substance we add to our tanks to increase the KH.

Turtle shells are made of bones as the spinal column is built right into them and coated with keratin on top.  Keratin is a proteinaceous substance like fingernails and hair.  VERY different than snail shells.
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013, 08:29:50 PM »

Thanks for the info guys. Looks like no turtle shell for my tank.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013, 10:29:35 PM »

I would give it a coat of clear lacquer and use as a big paper weight.  happy
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2013, 03:41:50 AM »

Thanks for the info guys.

I'll stick to snail shells.
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 02:34:25 PM »

well wondering wouldn't you be able to coat the shell in something same thing poeple use for ohh self made 3d back drops they put into tanks or even coat it in a layer of water safe coking? might preserve the shell and contain the unwanted stuff? just a though.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 05:32:24 PM »

Preserve a dead and decaying body? 
If water can get into the air spaces in the bones, decay will contine.  If water can't get into them, the shell will float.

Why would anyone want a dead and decaying thing in their tank anyways?  Kinda morbid isn't it?
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2013, 07:39:11 PM »

lmao yeah it is morbid to a point i would agree lol. i think the same with human skull's even if they stone or plastic . but was food for though Smiley
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