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Shell Dweller Aquascape Question

Postby Pondscummy » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:49 pm

Hello,

I had an empty 30 gallon aquarium burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to setup a shell dweller aquarium. After some research it seemed that most people use escargot shells so I went that route. However, these shells that I purchased float.
Is this normal? Does soaking the shells stop them from floating? Anyone speak from experience with this?

Thanks.
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Re: Shell Dweller Aquascape Question

Postby wryan » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:52 pm

Pondscummy wrote:Hello,

I had an empty 30 gallon aquarium burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to setup a shell dweller aquarium. After some research it seemed that most people use escargot shells so I went that route. However, these shells that I purchased float.
Is this normal? Does soaking the shells stop them from floating? Anyone speak from experience with this?

Thanks.


Have you submerged them with your hand and then rotated ... to get the trapped air out ?
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Re: Shell Dweller Aquascape Question

Postby Pondscummy » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:59 pm

Of course. They've been soaking for sometime now.
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Re: Shell Dweller Aquascape Question

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:56 pm

I've never heard of a floating shell. I too would have suggesting getting the air bubbles out.
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Re: Shell Dweller Aquascape Question

Postby james1983 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:37 pm

You have to push them under and slowly rotate them around a few times, you'll see air bubbles come out.
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Re: Shell Dweller Aquascape Question

Postby wryan » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:07 am

james1983 wrote:You have to push them under and slowly rotate them around a few times, you'll see air bubbles come out.


^^^ This ^^^
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Re: Shell Dweller Aquascape Question

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:32 am

Definitely need to rotate them underwater to release all the air. Some take a bit of time. I also boil all new shells, including the escargot that are sold to serve snails in.
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