Sea shells in white vinegar??

This is where you discuss shells for your hermit crabs. Not for selling/swapping shells, use Classified Ads for that.
Post Reply
User avatar

Topic author
Kermie16
Posts: 2269
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:13 am

Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by Kermie16 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:15 am

While disinfecting all of my tat structures (coco hut, vines and aquarium decor) of mites yesterday, I just dumped everything that needed to be cleaned in a 3.5 gallon bucket of MSW. This included all seashells which was the first thing I put in (so bottom of bucket). Out of force of habit for disinfecting, I put in like a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and didn't think about it until this morning while rinsing everything off. :oops: All seashells for hermies are faded white. Nothing cracked but just a kind of dull white or half white and half still with color. Is that ok or do I need to chuck these??? :| I have another bag of seashells ready to use for the guys which I put in last night anyways but I just wasn't sure what to do about this. Advice?


hermitcrablover1
Posts: 37
Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:27 pm

Re: Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by hermitcrablover1 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:30 pm

Hi! I know vinegar can dissolve shells so I asked hubby about this question. He said the vinegar dissolves the calcium from the shells. This could make them more brittle so they could break easier and there could be rough spots that could be uncomfortable for the crabs.

User avatar

Topic author
Kermie16
Posts: 2269
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:13 am

Re: Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by Kermie16 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:02 pm

Thanks! I was concerned about the calcium on the shells do and how sturdy they may be too. Went ahead and put in a new order at Naples Seashells. Lesson learned! Glad I keep extra on hand!

User avatar

soilentgringa
Posts: 4373
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:18 pm
Location: Dallas, TX

Re: Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by soilentgringa » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:35 pm

The salt also dulls the shells.

Sent from my LGLS665 using Tapatalk

User avatar

Topic author
Kermie16
Posts: 2269
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:13 am

Re: Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by Kermie16 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:00 pm

But do u think I could still use the shells as back up shells? Although chalky looking, they seem pretty sturdy still. I had to throw away 3 because they were totally eaten up or chipped by the vinegar.

User avatar

soilentgringa
Posts: 4373
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:18 pm
Location: Dallas, TX

Re: Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by soilentgringa » Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:19 pm

I don't think 1 tablespoon of vinegar in 3.5 gallons of water would be that corrosive? If they look sturdy enough, use them.

Sent from my LGLS665 using Tapatalk

User avatar

soilentgringa
Posts: 4373
Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:18 pm
Location: Dallas, TX

Re: Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by soilentgringa » Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:20 pm

Crabs don't care about aesthetics, we do lol.

Sent from my LGLS665 using Tapatalk

User avatar

Topic author
Kermie16
Posts: 2269
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:13 am

Re: Sea shells in white vinegar??

Post by Kermie16 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:20 pm

Ok! Thanks :D

Post Reply