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Pet Stores often sell coconut shell caves… I have no clue what they do to treat them, if anything… I have one that’s around 2 years old… it’s been in water for a little over half it’s stay with me… it’s not rotting at all…

I’ve never made a home made one so I can’t say if it will rot or not…

Boiling the shell should make it fish safe. Not too much will survive the boiling process. Boiling or bleaching are the standard cleaning methods. I wouldn’t bleach the shell though as it’s porous and will be hard to completely rinse.

I’ve also done terra cotta pots. Both work great, the Pots were cheaper and easier for me (remember I bought mine, I didn’t make them) but the Coconut shells look more “naturalâ€
 
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