Cleaning new shells

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Cleaning new shells

Post by KristenL0522 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:33 pm

Hey all! Hope you’re doing well!! I recently got my shipment of new shells in and I’m excited to get them in the tanks. I thought I would be getting more sizes that fit them but they sent a variety pack. That I’m not too happy about but whatever. Anyways. I saw somewhere before that you should soak them in something to clean them but I can’t find it again. How do I prepare them for my hermits?
Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Cleaning new shells

Post by curlysister » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:03 pm

I just boil my new shells in my well water, then rinse them with my RO water. I suppose you could boil them in dechlorinated water too.
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Re: Cleaning new shells

Post by KristenL0522 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:15 pm

Ok thanks!! RO water?

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Re: Cleaning new shells

Post by Xenocrab » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:21 pm

Reverse osmosis. We boil our shells in dechlorinated salt water, let them cool completely then add them to the tank. Inspect them for holes, cracks or anything else that my be unsafe for them.

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Re: Cleaning new shells

Post by KristenL0522 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:26 pm

Thank you so much!!

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Re: Cleaning new shells

Post by Xenocrab » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:44 pm

Everyone has their own way of doing things. The bottom line is to kill anything in the shells that may be bad for the crabbies. We use salt water because we chose to believe that sanitizes and kills. Plus shells dipped in salt water attracts the crabs to them like crazy. I'm not saying it's the right way or the only way, just that it's what we choose to do. We haven't had any negative results from doing this.

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Re: Cleaning new shells

Post by curlysister » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:24 pm

I hadn't thought of rinsing with salt water! I'm going to try that next time.
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