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Clam shells in tank

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We have very soft water out of the tap. I add baking soda to raise the ph. Have read that shells can raise the hardness and ph. Thought a layer of clam shells would look nice. Would they also help to raise the hardness and ph. Of corse I would boil and clean them first. The shells are ones that stuff clams are served in so they are food safe. Would put them in a layer on the bottom. Has any one here tryed this?

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Never tried it, but a much simpler way to increase your Ph would be using crushed corals from your lfs, much safer too. :)

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Crushed shells would be better. You need the maximum surface area to affect the hardness.

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Ah that makes sense. Could they still safely be used as decorations.

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Ah that makes sense. Could they still safely be used as decorations.

I don't see why not. :)

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Ok i boiled and scrubed them. Think I am done aqua scaping for now. :flex: Will continue to test regularly to see if ther is any changes in water quality. Go ahead and laugh but I take a lot of fun fixing there little piece of river bottom, least that is the look I am going for. I redo it twice a week with each water change. :carrot:

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I think it looks really good :)

How thick is your gravel?

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Thankyou. Some eareas it is thin enough to see through. kinda had my camra at an angle so looks thicker than it is. left some uneven bumps for a natural effect maybe .25 in ay deppest parts.

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