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fjaff
08-01-2003, 10:42 AM
Hello I was wondering if I can put in rocks from my garden into my aquarium. Will they be aquarium safe after thoroughly cleaning them before putting them in the tank?

Rudy
08-01-2003, 11:50 AM
Definately. I never buy rocks. I boil the ones from my neighbors back yard.

Karl
08-01-2003, 12:20 PM
yeah. i get all my rocks from my backyard. and i boil them to clean them. just make sure u clean them before putting them in your tank.

Neil N
08-08-2003, 11:02 AM
just a tip, try pouring vinegar onto the rock....if it fizzes DONT USE IT, if it doesent its inert

SGypsyMermaid
08-13-2003, 07:45 PM
you also should not use it if it has metallic bits or a lot of rust(iron).

matt1066
08-20-2003, 01:25 PM
Yes, go with the vinegar tip.

Matt

SGypsyMermaid
02-14-2004, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by Neil N
just a tip, try pouring vinegar onto the rock....if it fizzes DONT USE IT, if it doesent its inert

this is what some of the older aquarium literature tells us, but they were referring to tanks with south american fish in them. i think that the "fizzing" indicates calcareous compounds, which we want in our lake cichlid tanks.

DevilDude
02-14-2004, 06:04 PM
yeah the africans like the high ph generated by rocks like limestone.

matt1066
02-15-2004, 03:53 PM
The fizzing indicates metals, not calcareous material.

No metal containing rock should be placed in your aquarium.

Got it?

Regards,

Matthew

jonah
02-15-2004, 06:15 PM
Matt, pour some vinegar on limestone and tell me where the metal is?

matt1066
02-15-2004, 07:50 PM
It is in the plate in my head-so, maybe I mis-spoke. It does also determine if the stone is mineral bearing. OK?

Regards,

Matthew

SGypsyMermaid
02-15-2004, 07:54 PM
Originally posted by matt1066
It is in the plate in my head-so, maybe I mis-spoke. It does also determine if the stone is mineral bearing. OK?

Regards,

Matthew

are we feeling the tiniest bit crabby?:razz:

matt1066
02-15-2004, 08:00 PM
Just joking my friend

jonah
02-15-2004, 08:43 PM
Matt's just kidding around.:D

Bartender! Metal plates for everyone!:drink:

the209jungalist
02-15-2004, 10:28 PM
I'm boiling my slate right now. How long should I boil it for?

Neil N
02-16-2004, 05:50 AM
until it's tender and serve it with some fresh garden peas, and a nice glass of wine,

seriously tho, it shouldent take long, plus i allways add salt to the water to help things along (does nothing for the taste tho)

Neil N
02-16-2004, 05:52 AM
sorry sgypsy, i initially did not realise that these rocks were for a Africal tank, but i take you point abount the vinegar thing.

matt1066
02-16-2004, 05:51 PM
10 minutes

the209jungalist
02-17-2004, 12:33 AM
I'd say that's at least how long I boiled it for. It was pretty funny putting the slate in my tank today, sometimes my oscars are just so funny. They were treating where it landed like a no-swim zone, swimming by it, barely off the surface looking at it, swimming sideways eye-balling it. It was quite entertaining for a good half hour at least, I wish I had a camcorder sometimes, they just crack me up.

83Street
03-13-2004, 08:23 PM
Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever put rocks that weren't quite so clean found in the wild into there tanks? If so, what would happen?

Also, wouldn't some water conditioners be able to neutralize the metals found on the rocks if they say so?

SGypsyMermaid
03-13-2004, 08:32 PM
Originally posted by 83Street
Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever put rocks that weren't quite so clean found in the wild into there tanks? If so, what would happen?

Also, wouldn't some water conditioners be able to neutralize the metals found on the rocks if they say so?

that all depends on what is on those 'not-so-clean' rocks...bacteria, chemicals, dangerous insect larvae, etc.

the water conditioners that neutralize heavy metals would have to be constantly added to water that contained metallic rock...the rock would constantly leach more metal into the tank.

jennigypsy
03-13-2004, 10:40 PM
Neil....
ROFL!!! the tender & juicy bit.....HAHA!!!!....much better well done...

I agree..the backyard (whoever's it is! LOL) is the best place (or at least the cheapest)..but I will confess, I HAVE bought lava rock when I've caught it at a good price...the nice big pieces with a big hole in it...

83Street
03-14-2004, 12:50 AM
OK, sorry if I'm a bit too pressing, but I went on a camping trip and by a river I found a treasure cove of rocks.

One is arched perfectly as a bridge and there is one that would look like a minature mountain in my tank. There are also some very flat ones that could be stacked to make a cave. I have poured wheat vinegar over them and there was no fizzing. Scrubbed them squeaky clean and removed anything that looked remotely like insect larvae. There is some brown rust-like residue on the bottoms that look like metal deposits, however. They have been boiled and soaked in a bleach solution and are currently being soaked in a very alkaline (pH 14) solution. I am positive there are no organisms whatsoever growing on these rocks anymore but am a bit sketchy about the brown residue or whatever it is. Lava rock and the like cost 7.99/lb here and buying rocks would kill my wallet. Any opinions as to what should be done with these rocks?

SGypsyMermaid
03-14-2004, 09:17 AM
the rust probably means iron...very bad.