Cleaning river rock

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by domingo3, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. domingo3Valued MemberMember

    I picked up some river rock from a landscaping company. It was under 10 dollars for 100 pounds. Trouble is, it's super muddy. I tried rinsing in a bucket. It got some mud off. Then I tried doing a little at a time in a colander. Then I got frustrated with how slow the process was, and dumped half of it in the kitchen sink and rinsed a bit at a time in my hands. After I filled the bucket up with rocks, I filled it again with water - still more grungy water.

    Does anyone have suggestions for what the most effective way to clean this stuff is?

  2. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello Domingo,

    Just some good hot water and a strong elbow. (NO SOAPS!) Yep, screamed it :)
    to remove the mud.

    If you happen to have a pressure washer that would work well too.

  3. sj74New MemberMember

    So is river rock safe for a freshwater aquarium if it is washed thoroughly?
  4. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    I used pea gravel that was super dirty. It takes a lot of rinsing (as you found out) and patience to get it clean.
    I took it ouside, put some in a bucket and used the hose on the fastest hardest spray.
    Most of the will overflow with the water.
    Small amounts at a time helps :)
  5. AquaristFishlore LegendMember


    Yes, it should be perfectly fine as long as it's washed well. If you really have any doubts you can always boil it to be more safe.


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