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In the past when I kept shell dwellers, my shell count was low enough that I could take each shell and hold it under water while rolling it around several times to get all the air out of it. I'm contemplating a tank that will need not tens of shells, but hundreds of shells, and I'm not relishing the idea of getting the air out one shell at a time. FWIW the shells will likely be turbo's.

Any ideas on mass air removal? I suppose I could put a hundred at a time in a bucket of water and just shake it a bunch.

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Rick
 

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well, I would imagine that if air is trapped, they will float at the surface. So just roll you hand over them, or knock them around until they sink. There may be some smaller air bubbles left in the shells, but over time they will dissolve into the water.
 

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Rolling them around while you hold them under the surface in the tank is really the only way. I have taken handfulls of the shell at the same time and sort of shaken them under the water. It tends to get the air out of most of them, but there are always a few that need rolling.
 

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Heh, sounds like I'll need to put my slaves, err... I mean children, to work once I get to that point... a couple rubbermaids half full of water and we can play the "sink the shells" game :halo:

-Rick (the armchair aquarist, wondering whether there is an underwater pea-sheller equivalent)
 

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Rick_Lindsey said:
Heh, sounds like I'll need to put my slaves, err... I mean children, to work once I get to that point... a couple rubbermaids half full of water and we can play the "sink the shells" game :halo:

-Rick (the armchair aquarist, wondering whether there is an underwater pea-sheller equivalent)
Will they not fill with air again when you transfer them from the Rubbermaid's to the tank? Perhaps you should be sure to keep them submerged while making the transfer.
 

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kingdave said:
Will they not fill with air again when you transfer them from the Rubbermaid's to the tank? Perhaps you should be sure to keep them submerged while making the transfer.
Yeah, I'd probably have to move them as if they had fish in them. Maybe we could play sink-the-shell in the tank proper instead, I just don't want to set a precedent of them sticking their hands in the aquarium ;)

-Rick (the armchair aquarist, who has already had to fish his wallet out of a temporary holding tank at least once)
 
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