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Farmboy 01-29-2009 09:05 PM

Bones?
 
Has anyone tried using old bones in an aquascape? I have access to some old cow bones; femurs, jawbones, spine, and some cool looking bits of pelvis. These bones are years old and very weathered. Would they leach to many minerals or would they work in a planted fish tank? Anyone? Old bones?

demosthenes 01-29-2009 10:04 PM

idk, it sounds pretty cool. what about a few ribs or something? Try boiling them in water for 20 minutes, and then put them in the tank. Keep an eye on them for a few weeks, and if they get any fungi or algae or anything, take 'em out. It's definitely worth a try though.

brion0 01-29-2009 10:08 PM

Just a guess, but id say bones would have the same effect as shells. Since bones arent as hard as shells, may leach more. You realy are a farmboy.

Kozy 01-29-2009 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by brion0 (Post 775654)
Just a guess, but id say bones would have the same effect as shells. Since bones arent as hard as shells, may leach more. You realy are a farmboy.


This, sort of the reverse effect of adding drift woods to a tank.

mistergreen 01-29-2009 11:47 PM

yikes, what kind of decor are you going for?
It would be funny to have bones & skulls with piranhas .

make sure to boil the bones.. These are lots of organic matter inside the bone, i.e. marrow. But I personally would go for fake bones.

Farmboy 01-30-2009 12:36 AM

Nothing macabre! More of a Nebraska version of Texas holey rock. Where chips expose some of the soft center, a place for a stem. Holes and bridges for the fish to swim through. They would really and texture. I've alomst got myself talked out of the red oak that I was going to use on my next setup. Oh my!

Left C 01-30-2009 12:54 AM

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Originally Posted by mistergreen (Post 775734)
... It would be funny to have bones & skulls with piranhas. ...

It would be funny.:icon_lol:

You could add some red food coloring in the water too.

Sixwing 02-02-2009 07:59 PM

I'm curious to see how this would work, too!
Had an idea involving elk antler a while ago, but I'm not certain how well the antler would hold up - they break down pretty fast outside. ^^

MedRed 02-03-2009 12:32 AM

that would be awesome for a piranha tank... a rib cage and a skull... lol

DiscusIt'sWhats4DinneR 02-03-2009 02:03 AM

bones will be fine in the tank. i would boil them before adding though to kill any nasties or clean off any junk that may be left behind.

Trallen44 02-06-2009 03:09 AM

I would like to see pics of this if you do it.

waterfaller1 02-06-2009 09:41 AM

Ewewew:confused1:

monkeyruler90 02-08-2009 04:41 AM

hmmm. this sounds interesting. try it out and post the pics.


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