Rocks From Outside

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by fish time, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. fish timeWell Known MemberMember

    Can these nice rocks I found be used for a fish tank 1a250606bd72a54f096d5d5dde5c3c69.jpg
     




  2. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    They look like it, so I'd guess it'd be useable.
    I'd wash them off with vinegar first, and see if they fizz at all.
     




  3. fish timeWell Known MemberMember

    If they fix is it bad?
     




  4. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Mainly if they fizz, it means they contain calcium, or mineral traces.
    That's not good for the aquariums, because it can mess with your pH.
     
  5. fish timeWell Known MemberMember

    Oh okay then
     
  6. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    First, do a vinegar test. Put drops of vinegar on the rock. If it fizzes, it can change your pH, GH, and/or KH. If it doesn't, then it won't change your parameters.

    Then bleach them, pour boiling water over it, or boil it to get rid of the germs inside.

    Then clean the rocks with water and then place them in your aquarium.
     
  7. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    They don't seem to have a sedimental origin. I'd throw them in without a doubt hahaha.
     
  8. ilovefishys17Valued MemberMember

    Don't boil them in the water because then their still in the bad bacteria. I bake my in the oven same with wood to disinfect. Pre heat oven to 350 400 degrees Fahrenheit and put them in for around 45 min to 1 hour.
     
  9. FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Baking 'might' cause the rocks to literally explode.
     
  10. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    What are the bad bacteria ?
     
  11. ilovefishys17Valued MemberMember

    I've baked rockes before and they don't explode, maybe if their tiny.
     
  12. Sarcasm IncludedWell Known MemberMember

    What is your PH? If your sitting in the 8 range, just pour boiling water over them and let them soak in it till it cools off and put them in the tank. If you have low PH then do the vinegar test.
     
  13. FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    If there is water in the rock (from rivers or lakes), it will.
     
  14. ilovefishys17Valued MemberMember

    Dry it out then.
     
  15. jl_1005Valued MemberMember

    Hi, those rocks look nice. I think it's always a risk they bring parasites. If you want to be careful about it, rinse, boil, bleach the rocks, then rinse very well again, and let them dry out in the sun.
     
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