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Old 07-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #1 
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Rocks from the ocean in betta tank...?

We go to Nantucket every year and every year I come home with 10 or so very pretty smooth ocean stones. I was wondering if it would be okay to use these in my betta's tank if I cleaned the heck out of them.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:33 PM   #2 
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I'd imagine so long as you gave them a good wash in hot water (maybe a little bit of vinegar if you're paranoid), they should be okay. I'd personally leave the rocks out in the sun or just spread out somewhere to dry for a couple of days, to dry up any leftover clingies that might be there.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:01 PM   #3 
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Yep. Use vinegar on them. If they fizz or bubble don't use them in your tank.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #4 
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Thanks for the replys, I'll give them a dunking in vinegar and a good cleaning, thinking of scrubbing them with a new toothbrush.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:57 PM   #5 
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Yup. I would soak them in a little vinegar (if they react don't put them in your tank. This will also kill most nasties). Then clean them with hot water. A toothbrush to scrub them would also be good.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #6 
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I would boil them for about 20 minutes or so! When I cure driftwood I boil for about an hour or two!
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #7 
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Does the same procedure apply for shells? I have some really nice ones, but I've been wondering if they are safe to use in a betta tank.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #8 
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I read just recently that shells can mess with the ph of the water.
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