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Old 04-12-2013, 12:57 AM   #1
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Eggshells in the tank


I was wondering if putting some eggshell fragments in my shrimp tank would be beneficial nutrition-wise, so I treid it. I get my eggs from a local source so there isn't any pesticide worries. As an experiment I put a few in one of my Neo tanks...they went nuts for them. Dunno if they are picking off bits of shell or grazing on the leftover egg membrane but overall it seems to be a hit with the blue velvets
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:06 AM   #3
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CPD, possibly compacting egg shell powder into a pill to drop in the tank?
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I found this article...interesting stuff.
http://nourishedmagazine.com.au/blog...ing-egg-shells
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:12 AM   #6
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CPD, possibly compacting egg shell powder into a pill to drop in the tank?
Wow that is a genius idea. Here's some nutritional info I found. Eggshell 1/2 tsp = 90% calcium, 6% magnesium, 1% phosphorus from http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/...3/2?print=true. Still a newbie, so would that be beneficial at all?
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Might raise the KH, but that's fine for neos.
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I hadn't planned on leaving them in there very long. Oh, there are also some red tigers in that tank, but they weren't as enthused. But IM(limited)E those shrimp only go nuts for higher protein stuff.
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I've often wondered if eggshells would be okay for shrimp. I've read where others add ground up cuttlebone (the kind used for birds to sharpen their beaks on) to provide a source of calcium for their shrimp and it seems eggshells should do the same thing.

Never tried it myself, but given your positive experience, CharleeFoxtrot, I may have to see how my shrimp like them ~ thanks for the info!

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I tried some egg shells a few months ago myself and my shrimp didn't really seem to care about them. Maybe I will try it again and see if they have changed their minds.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #11
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very interesting
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:44 PM   #12
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I use organic eggs, do you think I could use my egg shells if I boil them?
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Well, you could boil the raw eggs, make egg salad with them and then use the shells in the tank.
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Yeah, Oceangirl, if you are cracking the egg raw, you would have to do something to clean the leftover white from the shell before you used it in your shrimp tank. But I do like CharleeFoxtrot said and boil the egg first, then after I peel the boiled egg, I just check to make sure there is no white stuck to the membrane before I drop some of the shell in the tank.

The only difference is I'm too busy with my shrimp to make egg salad so I just eat the boiled egg . . . Okay, the truth is I'm too lazy to make egg salad and it's just easier to eat it boiled!

And I like the art work, Oceangirl, nicely done!

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Old 04-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #15
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I've given my scrimpies egg shells before. It was when I peeled a hard boil egg and some of the whites was stuck to the shell. Dropped it in my rili's tank and they pounced on it and so did my rams horn.They ate the whites and the membrane but left the actual shell.
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