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scubapro67

I've had this hanging around the house for a while, and thought I'd see if there's some suggestions for getting the limestone/ coral and barnacle growth off this rather large Ecphora (about 5 inches).  Read about water with vinegar or bleach, but that sounds way too harsh.

Thanks.

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SailingAlongToo

@scubapro67

Much to complicated to explain. You should just send it to me so you wont have to worry about it ever again. :D

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RJB

Whatever you do do not use vinegar!!!  Bleach sounds real nasty too.   If it will hold up to it, soak it in water for some hours, rince off, change water and let soak again.  This will get rid of the salt.  then you can coat it with a stablelizer.  thats if it will hold up to all that soaking?  These things are usually a bit fragile and maybe fall apart?

 

RB

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MikeR

As long as the shell is stable in water, bleach should be ok.  I have used 1/2 bleach 1/2 water for aragonitic fossil shells to remove algae staining and on recent shells to remove encrusters.  I have not tried it on calcitic shells such as Ecphora.  The encrusting coral Septastrea marylandica might be difficult to remove even with bleach.

 

Mike

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WhodamanHD

Acids can destroy Ecphora. Bleach should be fine, but I have not tried it.

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Herb

maybe hydrogen peroxide and a tooth brush, or dish detergent, warm water and brush

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fossilnut

I think with the coral it is a beautiful collection piece and could be appreciated as it is. My $0.02!  Is the aperature covered with coral? I have found smaller gastropods used by hermit crabs that are covered with coral or bryozoan which expands the aperature enabling the hermit crab to live its life in the one shell.

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scubapro67

Thanks all - trying a soak in the dilute bleach.  Have a couple more if that goes south.

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scubapro67
On 1/23/2019 at 10:07 AM, SailingAlongToo said:

@scubapro67

Much to complicated to explain. You should just send it to me so you wont have to worry about it ever again. :D

 

@SailingAlongToo

Happy to share extras if the technique works. PM me if super secret :)

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