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Addition Of An Animal Bone

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  • #301630

    JazzBora150
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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

    #344858

    JazzBora150
    Participant

    please comment

    #344882

    Matt
    Keymaster

    No idea sorry Martin.

    #344885

    JazzBora150
    Participant

    my concern: is it likely to decompose in the water and do bad things to my water

    i didnt make myself clear in what i was askin sorry

    #344898

    Senor Bastardo
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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.

    #344919

    Eyrie
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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.

    #344923

    JazzBora150
    Participant

    im rapidly going off the idea

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

    #345673

    Jarcave
    Participant

    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.

    #346265

    Bluedave
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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).

    #348117

    JazzBora150
    Participant

    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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