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chirp heck
03-13-2005, 01:41 PM
I was wondering (sorry if i offend anyone) if you keep an animal skull in a fish tank. My friends and I trap coon and wondered if it would be alright. Sterilize it by 10 % bleach solution. Again sorry if i offended someone or grossed someone out.

03-13-2005, 04:08 PM
Personally I don't have one, but I see now problems having one in your tank.

03-13-2005, 04:15 PM
I cant think of any reasons why you couldnt.


03-13-2005, 04:43 PM
yeah - I don't think it would leach anything into the tank or anything - it would be pretty cool

03-13-2005, 05:03 PM
Even if one did leach things, I would imagine they would be leaching stuff like calcium and other things that are generally desirable for hard water.

03-13-2005, 06:27 PM
cichlidgallery.com/chewy I have a tang tank that has a cow skull as the center piece. They do rot away but they are one heck of a buffer. gives caves and such and generally looks darn sweet in my opinion. sterilize and rinse to get the schwag out as much as you can.

chirp heck
03-13-2005, 07:12 PM
Good news to me. Thanks guys, I don't know if a cow skull will fit but maybe a buck. Thanks again.

chirp heck
03-17-2005, 06:14 PM
But once the skulls starts rotting wont that bring bad nitrates and amonia?

03-17-2005, 08:06 PM
I don't think the skull itself will rot... only the stuff inside it, and that'll be gone by the time it goes into the tank

chirp heck
03-17-2005, 08:18 PM
Hopefully, haha, thanks skiits.

03-18-2005, 04:35 PM
no the skulls are usually treated (atleast in my case) with a beetle that eats all of the particles viewed as organic leaving only the calcium (skull itself). When they rot, they are only breaking down the calcium, my tank is one of the better buffered (without chemicals, sand etc) fairly attractive especially with a combination black light to enhance the color.

chirp heck
03-21-2005, 07:57 PM
Beetle, What kind and where do you get it?

chirp heck
04-04-2005, 05:02 PM
How long should a skull be bleached

04-04-2005, 07:31 PM
they are treated out west (where I got mine) you would have to ask a taxidermist if he knows how to do it. If not place it out in the sun for about 3-months let nature take its course. what I mean by bleached is this bug chews all the matter down until their is nothing left but skull. L

chirp heck
04-04-2005, 09:58 PM
Oh, well, I shot mine (Midwest) and im bleaching it to get it all white and not yellowish and to sterilize it (10% bleach). And was just wondering how long to bleach it. Im guessing 2 days. (keep in mind that all the hide is off of it)

04-05-2005, 06:23 PM
couldn't tell you. mine is probably older then me. post a pic when you get it done.

chirp heck
04-09-2005, 06:27 PM
Okay, I will. If I can get my digital fixed.