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#1 pistol712

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 09:29 PM

Does anyone know where to get empty escargot shells south of the river want to setup a shell dweller tank. Thanks

#2 Poncho

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:09 AM

Lfs will stock shells

But take a walk along a beach and you'll find enough - won't be escargot shells but just as effective

#3 kassysimon

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 01:06 PM

Some European market such as The Re Store sell them.
The Asian market at Innaloo shops near Seafresh sell them too.

#4 kassysimon

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:58 AM

How'd you go with your shells mate?


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#5 pistol712

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:03 AM

All good now thanks for asking

#6 Stormfyre

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:06 AM

I asked RE Store for myself. Out of Stock with no current ETA on escargot in shell.



#7 humbug

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:25 PM

I see this has been sorted now, but perhaps I can add my experience for people searching archives in future. 

I've found that while escargot shells are a great shape and size for the smaller shellies, they don't seem to be that robust in the tank.  I've found that after a couple of years they become very fragile, and a good percentage are broken.  I've found turbo shells to be a better long-term investment.  At different times I've bought gold mouth turbos through an eBay seller in Qld (not advertised all the time - you need to be patient and wait for them to be listed), and online from a company in Florida.  In both cases they weren't too much more expensive than escargot shells, but all are as good now as they were when I bought them years ago.



#8 Stormfyre

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:49 AM

Everytime i have tried to bring them in from USA.. in fact Florida as you stated they dont make it. Customs in WA say NO!



#9 humbug

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 08:17 AM

Ohhhh - that's interesting!  I wonder why.  I know I've physically brought shells into the country when travelling.  I've declared them to customs and they've shown no interest.  I've certainly had no issues when I've ordered on-line.


A funny story there, though.  I had the privilege of visiting Malawi a couple of years ago.  While fossicking around the markets, I stumbled across some really beautiful, large conical shells.  They obviously weren't from the lake.  When we asked, the stall holder thought they were from the Mozambique coast.  I loved them, and got them for a great price.  Thought they would be ideal for my Metriaclima lanisticola.

In coming back through customs, I did the right thing and declared them.  The custom officers face fell.  "I think these are giant African land snails.  They are prohibited.  I'll need to check".  Oooooooppppppps!!!!!    :rolleyes:   He had them checked, and yes they were land snails.  But . . . . .  a matter of a few weeks before the rulings had changed.  Providing the shells were empty and contained no trace of "snail residue" they were acceptable.  I got to keep my snail shells.  :)   It had never even occurred to me that these things were of anything other than marine origin.  Unbelievable solid for a land based snail!!!!


 


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#10 Stormfyre

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 12:25 PM

Maybe it's a WA thing? They seem super strict here.

 

Wish I could find a good supplier that doesn't charge the earth for them.



#11 extend

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:51 AM

I have a good spot near point perron that has a good supply of shells washed up on the shore line and in the water. I don't know if it's legal to take empty shells from the water. It would be worth combing the beach with a low energy reef out the front as that is where the snail's like to hangout.




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