Hi so I am new to the forums, and I am looking to macerate a dog skull. Doing this properly to me is important because it is my dead pet dogs skull. I have wanted to macerate or find a way to clean his skull for years before he died, so no judging please it's a already made decision. I have been doing all the reading up online I can, but nobody seems to be macerating for the same reasons as me. I can't really mess up and then just wait until I obtain a new skull to try again. My ex-boyfrined used to macerate small/medium animals he found dead so I watched him to it many times... to coyotes, dogs, mice... ect. I am 99% sure cold water maceration is the best method. I have read how hot water can often discolor the skull and deteriorate it and ruin it. I have also read cold water maceration is the best for keeping the skull white. I went out and tried to get the best materials. I have a 10 gallon fish tank and a 100 watt heater. I read that a tank is best and a tank heater is the best form of heat. The tank because it cant discolor the skull and the heater because you can protect it from touching the skull and keep track of the temps. I have read that hot water maceration is boiling of the skull and cold water maceration is still getting the water hot just not boiling, I read keeping it around 90 degrees is best for cold water maceration. I read about how long it can take. I have read its good to use a little hydrogen peroxide and/or enzyme laundry detergent in the water. My ex never did and his skulls turned out very white and nice and I don't want to risk the integrity of the skull... especially because he was a very very small special needs dog with two soft spots on his head. Do you guys think this is necessary? I was also thinking about keeping the tank in the house, possibly in my bathroom. I hear it smells really bad but I want to be able to keep and eye on it and my husband it cool with it. Is it really that horrible or just icky? I can keep it on the back porch but I am worried about animals getting to it. Also his skull is incredibly small, smaller than an apple so I can't see it taking too long. I have done all the research I can on I feel like I found pretty good instructions here http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/natresources/az1144.pdf. Do you guys have any advice? Different ways to do anything? Any links to good sites/directions for cold water maceration or would you recommend doing it a different way? Thank you so much!