Texas holey rock?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by Bmur05, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    I found this today and was really excited. It has some semi sharp edges so I was thinking about getting a dremel after them to soften those up.

    I initially thought this would be perfect for some kuhli loaches hiding in and out, but now I'm reading if it is Texas holey rock, it raises ph. Does anyone know how much it raises it? Mine is sitting at 7.4 in our 20gal, and I want to put this in my new 38 gal I'm going to start up next week.

    It looks so cool, so tell me what you think.




    It's a good bit whiter, I just rinsed it off so it's more gray right now.

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  2. Five 97Well Known MemberMember

    Nice find!! I've heard that it'll raise the pH too high for a community tank, but Idk....

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  3. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    Thanks! It was just laying there, I wouldn't mind finding more, but I wish it didn't raise it. I'd be curious to see how much it does. Time for more research I guess.

  4. Five 97Well Known MemberMember

    Yep, time for more research, I really don't know, so I could be wrong anyway.
  5. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    I think it's worth a try. Most community tanks can tolerate a wide range of ph.
  6. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    Yeah I'm tempted to put it in the fishledd tank and see what it does to the ph. It's had me considering cichlids now, but it's hard to decide. Now i see why mts sets in!
  7. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    It wouldn't raise it past 8.0-8.2 which would be fine plus it will add a lot of good minerals for your fish.
  8. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    Good point. Do you think that's too high for kuhli loaches and Bolivian rams? I know everyone says stable is more important and they can be acclimated to higher
  9. Five 97Well Known MemberMember

    I'm sure the rams will be fine as long as you acclimate them properly, but I'm not sure about the kuhli's.
  10. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    aliray, do you think I'd run into any problems using this with kuhli loaches? If I soften up the edges i think they'd love it but what do you think their tolerance would be for the ph impact?
  11. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    It may not raise it that much, that would be the max most likely. My bolivian rams always did fine in a ph of 8.0. I might be getting more soon as its been awhile....
  12. alirayFishlore VIPMember

    I don't think the PH would be a problem but I would be concerned about any sharp edges as they don't have scales to protect their skin. If you managed to get all the sharp edges off any holes they would probably really enjoy it. Alison:;hi1
  13. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    That's awesome. I'm excited to get some!
  14. Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    I definitely plan to try and get any sharp edges taken care of. I know that could be a problem. Hopefully it won't be too hard.

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