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How to clean and make dead snails purdy!

Discussion in 'Aquarium Articles' started by MasterBlue, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. MasterBlue

    MasterBlue Thread Starter Active Member

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    First, allow the snail to die. (You have other options too, but this is a family site)
    Then, once the snail has died, allow the things in the tank to clean the dead tissue away.
    Once this is done, remove the shell from the tank.
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    Poke a hole in the center of the shell to allow the liquid to enter freely.
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    Next, get a bottle and some H2O2
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    Fill the bottle with enough room for the shells to be able to float, also giving you room to shake the bottle.
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    Give this a week or two to bleach and clean the shells. Shake bottle once a day for the first three days, then once every other day.

    Once the shells have been cleaned, remove them from bottle and let them air dry. I normally bake mine under a 100 watt lamp (almost touching the light), but you can bake them in the oven too. The light works better as it's less likely to burn. This makes the shells harder.
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    If you want to color them, then use pure food coloring (egg dye works good too, but it has to be pure for best colors.)

    Place shells into another bottle and poor enough dye to cover shells. shake gently and be sure it's all under the dye.
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    Allow to sit for 3 days.
    Remove and dry. Cover in nail polish or other clear coat treatment. Nail polish is what I used.
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    (With dye deluted with water)
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  2. FishVixen

    FishVixen Active Member

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    I really like the diluted dyed shells. They would make great earrings. I love the green tones. They are "PURDY"
     
  3. MasterBlue

    MasterBlue Thread Starter Active Member

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    lol
    well you know how to do it. get some ramshorn snails and get at it!
     
  4. FishVixen

    FishVixen Active Member

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    OOHH Yuck a tank full of snails!
     
  5. MasterBlue

    MasterBlue Thread Starter Active Member

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    I think they are cute <3

    But then again, I'm a guy XD
     
  6. Tedrosix

    Tedrosix New Member

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  7. MasterBlue

    MasterBlue Thread Starter Active Member

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    I'm starting to remove my RH Snails starting with the smallest. Too many in my Tiger Endler Tank, boosting waste and causing my BB Algae problem =/
     
  8. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    I don't they are causing a brush algae problem that is usually more associated with phosphates.
     
  9. MasterBlue

    MasterBlue Thread Starter Active Member

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    Well, I never notice any Black Beard Algae till they over populate. And what I reduce snail numbers the algae doesn't come back till the re accumulate there numbers... >.>;