Using natural rocks?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by codyrex97, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    I have some random stones collected from river shores and such. These were all collected at least 5 years ago or more. I used to collect random rocks as a child. Is there a way I should prepare them before using? Should I use them at all? None of it is porous or brittle, all solid stone rocks.
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    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Some may increase the pH/GH/KH of the water. You can test for that by pouring vinegar on the rocks - if it fizzes, it'll change your water chemistry. That's not necessarily a bad thing though!

    I'd rinse them in hot water and give them a quick scrub (no soap!) before putting them in.
     
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    codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks for the handy tip. I don't know my GH/KH but my pH is 7.4-7.6
     




  4. Daniel W

    Daniel WValued MemberMember

    I would sand them to make sure they are smooth and wouldn't hurt any of your fishs' fins.
     




  5. Nicoldeme

    NicoldemeValued MemberMember

    Whenever I put something into my tank, I pretty much boil it. Unless it's alive (Those things just get quarantine!) I soak it in water too hot to touch without getting burned. I don't have an exact measurement, but it's over 110F at least, so probably boiling point.
     
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Water boils at 212 F.

    Boiling most things isn't necessary. With wood, it can cause it to rot faster. With rocks, it's not necessary. If you're worried about disease, wash in a small percentage of bleach water and then rinse with Prime water.
     
  7. ZedNew MemberMember

    Definitely soak them in warm/hot water and leave them for a few hours, they should release any dirt trapped in the pores of the stones, dump the water and add clean water again, repeat until the water stays clear.
     
  8. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Vinigar-test is the most important
     
  9. s hawkWell Known MemberMember

    I would suggest to search for this on YouTube. There are some very good videos on this. Mine both times got disenfected with vinegar (and vinegar water mix). Then they were rinsed off with treated water, and let dry for at least 24 hours. They were in an columanus infected tank and haven't yet had a problem (been around 3 to 4 months or so)
     
  10. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    The three below look a bit like calcite to me. Pretty sure the other are safe.
     
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    codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks for all the input! Made sure they were smooth, did the vinegar test and none of them fizzled even a little bit. Soaked them in hot water for a while.

    What's unsafe about the calcite ones?
     
  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Not that they're unsafe, but they can increase your KH, GH, and pH. If they didn't fizz, I wouldn't worry about them though.
     
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    codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    None of em fizzled at all :3 shall I add them in then?
     
  14. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

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    codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Alright! They're in now.
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  16. Platylover

    PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    Your tank is gorgeous...
     
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    codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks haha! I've had it for about a month now I think. Constantly making changes. I've been taking pictures as I make changes so hopefully I'll have an interesting gallery by the 1 year mark (which is when I will post said gallery on this site hehe)
     
  18. Dayna Ann

    Dayna AnnValued MemberMember

    Beautiful tank!

    And good info about adding natural rocks!

    Hope I catch the one year photo album you share. Best of luck.
     




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