Hermit crab shell

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  1. PieterJNR

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    Can you use shells that you picked up at the beach yourself for hermit crabs
     
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    yes, make sure they are clean.
     
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    do i have to boil them or how do i clean them
     
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    Toothbrush and a gentle touch :)
     
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    ...but will water and a toothbrush kill all harmful things on the shells? Bacteria or disease thats not good for the tank?oh and where do you gautengers get shells from?
     
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    Always rather be safe then sorry. When getting shells from the shoreline just boil them for 10 -15 min in boiling water and then just clean of any filth that remained after that. Then there should be no problem and your tank algae will soon cover it and make it look more natural again.
     
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    Also to be safe just freshwater iodine dip for 15 min and rince off with RO water.
     
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    Good advice coming in!
     
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    thanks for all the replies and i got the shells from cape town my old man has a holiday home there
     
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