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Addition Of An Animal Bone
August 4, 2011
6:58 pm
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this probably sounds a bit weird
but my son has asked me to put a skull type ornament in my new tank when its ready
but i like all who read this will shudder at the thought of it so i thought to myself
what about a real skull
my argument being that this is something that may occur in nature
im not sure of what might happen to the tank so i thought
ASK THE EXPERTS

i was thinking of a skull from a small mammal ie a bob cat

these are availible on ebay and are sanitised

if i did get one i would boil it for a while to get any chemical residues off it

im just jumping at the chance to get my 12 year old boy to explore the hobby and show an interest in the tank

thanks

martin

August 6, 2011
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please comment

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August 7, 2011
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No idea sorry Martin.

Cake or death?
August 7, 2011
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my concern: is it likely to decompose in the water and do bad things to my water

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August 7, 2011
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It should leach calcium and other stuff int the water over time and thereby raising the pH. What you could do is seal it with some type of epoxy (a water proof of course but ask someone who´s really sure really not my field of expertise) or such like. If it works for DIY backgrounds it should work for a skull.

August 8, 2011
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I'm not sure that the release of calcium would be an issue. In a hardwater area it wouldn't make any difference, and in a softwater area it would help buffer the kh and prevent a pH fall.

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August 8, 2011
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im rapidly going off the idea

dont want to upset my water and i have a highish ph anyhow

October 18, 2011
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QUOTE (JazzBora150 @ Aug 8 2011, 11:20 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
im rapidly going off the idea

dont want to upset my water and i have a highish ph anyhow

I'm a qualified deer stalker and have several red / roe / sika deer skulls at home taken from animals in our cull plan. I could test their affect on pH if you like! lol

Not sure if the red and sika heads would fit in most aquaria though........

The thing is they're bleached with peroxide die as part of skull mount preperation. The skull appears to be porous and I don't know if this would leach back into the tank causing issues. I suspect the skulls you've seen on ebay may have been prepared the same way?

So it's probably a bad idea.

November 26, 2011
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I think the skull would fall to bits after a few months after leaching a load of calcium into the water (not that that is necessarily an issue).

June 11, 2012
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just to put this one to bed

i opted not to use this idea for a tank 

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thx for all your input guys

 

martin

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