I would do some research and try to figure out what kind of rock it is before I put it into my aquarium..you can never be too careful, some rocks are completely safe but will change water chemistry in a closed system, which some fish wouldn't like.Bump
Omg haha. You guys are great. Its tempting but I think I'm going to pass on licking it!
And that's an excellent idea about soaking in dechlorinated water and checking the numbers.
Alright so plan goes as follows:
Soak in bleach mixture.
Rinse, rinse, rinse,
Soak in 5 gal bucket
Place in aquarium
Does this plan sound good?
Ok cool. I guess I get over paranoid with my fish lol.Honestly other than the acid test, I've only boiled rocks. If they pass the acid test then there is no carbonates to alter the pH. If you don't have a pot large enough to boil it, put it in a large enough container and add boiling water, drain and repeat. You could always put it in an oven. (The old exploding rock boogey man isn't really as dangerous as the internet makes it out to be, boiling them would result in the same thing). Slowly heating it up and slowly letting it cool reduces the possibility of it cracking (exploding) from trapped air pockets. I've baked and boiled literally hundreds of pounds of rock. My kitchen is still in one piece.
It does not have to be baked at a high temperature or even boiled. Hot tap water and a clean scrub brush is usually enough. Sunlight alone will kill almost all fish pathogens. Unless you're taking it straight out of a lake and directly into your aquarium, hot tap water will most likely be fine.
Where did you find this rock? I really like it, it looks like volcanic or eroded zebra rock. I would try to find more and sell them! It's like a more colorful ohko stone, I could do a lot with that rock.
Rarity and demand can set your price. plus how neat it is can make people want it more.Ok cool. I guess I get over paranoid with my fish lol.
And it was in our friends back yard creek. About a 20 minute drive from where I live. And my dad is the one who found it so I'm gonna see if we can find more
Do you really think I could sell these? And about how much for the cost do you think?
I mean you could sell it anywhere from 4-10$ (or more) a pound depending on rarity and quantity, for very dramatic interesting pieces you can sell them for substantially more. it all depends though.
You could turn to a geology forum. Where in the world are you located, that will help with the ID.