Bad Idea? (rocks)

  1. Dropszecolorlord Member Member

    this may be stupid but i was wanting to add some small rocks to the tank to build a cave. i realy don't want to purchase any plastic rocks so how would i add them to a tank i feel like washing them is just to easy
     
  2. Fanatic Well Known Member Member

    What type of rocks?
    Can you post a picture of them?
     

  3. F15FreeEagle Member Member

    Cheapest way: go to a stone quarry, and pick out some small stones that will work for what you have in mind.

    THEN: after you get these home, rinse these off really good, and then boil them. This is what I did for my 125 gallon mbuna aquarium. Worked out great for me anyway. :)
     
  4. 2211Nighthawk Well Known Member Member

    Do a vinegar test to make sure something isn't in them. Don't remember what it is but if it
    bubbles don't use it in the tank. Otherwise I think most people use found rocks. Why would you buy them.

    But don't boil them there is a chance they could explode. I'd pour hot water over them but all I did was hot water from the tap and threw them in.
     

  5. TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    Nope, that's it. Scrub any debris off them, pour boiling water on them if you're really paranoid, throw them in your tank. That's all I've ever done, usually skip the boiling water.
     
  6. 2211Nighthawk Well Known Member Member

    Agreed.
     
  7. Dropszecolorlord Member Member

    the rocks would be ones that i got from the pond neerby so they will be smother than the ones from the ground.
     

  8. Fashooga Well Known Member Member

    You need to make sure there isn't any outside chemicals or pathogens that the rock may have. Best thing to do is to boil the rocks in hot water and them them stew until they are ready.
     
  9. Dave125g Fishlore VIP Member

    These were all found in a creek bed. Just boil them and clean them up good.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Dropszecolorlord Member Member

    i would do something like the first two mixed together
     

  11. TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

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    Bad pic, but everything here, other than the fish, plants, pots and powerhead were collected from the wild. Local beachs, rivers and lakes.

    Including the sandstone sphere.
     
  12. Dropszecolorlord Member Member

    how would you add the wood safely?
     
  13. Dave125g Fishlore VIP Member

    Yea you'd be surprised what you can come with. I change it up every few weeks
     
  14. TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    Wash any debris off. Carefully slip it between the crossbracing to avoid breaking them.
     
  15. 2211Nighthawk Well Known Member Member

    Dude that's nice looking tank.
     
  16. abheeshs Member Member

    What I did was pick rocks from the backyard, it was there for years and have gone through the rains which cleans them of anything bad. I took them, cleaned them each with a toothbrush and put them in. My tank is fine.