MHC health

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Have you ever put in unwashed shells into your tank for your MHC's and they died?

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I put in unwashed shells and they did fine.
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MHC health

Post by Guest » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:42 am

I'm trying to put together a medical emergency help sheet and I need to collect a bit of data.

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Post by OIF_VET » Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:02 pm

Hmmmm, I wish I could answer the Poll. I havent put any shells in the tank specifically for the Herms. I did however put some Coral and Other "Sea Shells" from the Beach, My Marine Hermies seem fine.
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Post by Guest » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:14 pm

if you think about it.. you are putting shells in salt water, its kind of like its own disinfectant... With the MHCs I used to own (4), I didn't have any problems adding new shells to their environment. there were never any complications despite the fact that I didn't boil them and clean them out thoroughly.

The reason I don't have MHCs now is because maintaining a salt water tank, no matter how small it is, is very pricey. I had them for a little over four months... then I gave them to a friend who has an incredible reef tank. They are doing great.

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Post by Guest » Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:44 pm

Thank's for your help! I still need a few more votes to bust this myth though.

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Post by Guest » Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:01 pm

I think that if you have a shell that has been in some sort of chemical, THEN I believe you NEED to wash the shell because it would definitely be a harmful agent. I think this is an outstanding case, however. What I truly think kills MHCs is an imbalance of chemicals in the tank setup and/or poor filtration... i'll keep thiking about it...maybe i an add more to this thread later.

good luck w/ the poll!