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Old 01-29-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:47 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:36 AM   #6
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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!
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:54 AM   #7
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... It would be funny to have bones & skulls with piranhas. ...
It would be funny.

You could add some red food coloring in the water too.
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:59 PM   #8
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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. ^^
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:32 AM   #9
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that would be awesome for a piranha tank... a rib cage and a skull... lol
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:03 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:09 AM   #11
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I would like to see pics of this if you do it.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:41 AM   #13
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hmmm. this sounds interesting. try it out and post the pics.
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