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Reminder to boil shells

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by kuplakrabs, Jan 6, 2005.

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  1. kuplakrabs

    kuplakrabs "Second Molt, A Success"

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    It has been a while since I have placed an order for shells-I have quite the stock and really don't need anymore. But, since I was placing an order for more supplies a few more shells can't hurt right? LOL

    Anyway, the ones I ordered are polished green land snail shells. I have read on a few different sites that some polished shells are treated with mineral oil to arrive at that nice shine. I could even smell the oil on them. I just wanted to make everyone aware that it is a pretty darn good idea to make sure you boil those shells before you offer them to your crabs [​IMG]
     
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    pblove (Micro Crab)

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    thanks for the heads up!
     
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    ReganShaw "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Thanks Wendy. We have noticed that when we boil very shiny shells, they usually lose most of their shine. Guess this is why.
     
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    kuplakrabs "Second Molt, A Success"

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    I'm not even positive that polished shells are all treated with some type of oil or not, but who wants to chance it? I have actually had an oily film on the top of the water when I finished boiling them. I usually boil them (the shiny shells) a few times to make certain there isn't any nasty ol' chemicals inside the shells.

    When I can actually smell an oily based scent on a shell, it can't be too healthy for a crab [​IMG], nice for crafts perhaps!
     
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