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Old 08-22-2012, 04:59 PM   #1 
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adding outdoor rocks?

I am looking for rocks online that I could tie my plants to but I cant find anything in the size im looking for...can i boil rocks from outside?
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:24 PM   #2 
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if their not super porous (full of little holes and crevasses) then I would just soak in a very light bleach solution and rinse a billion times. If they have areas you can't clean with a toothbrush then I would soak for 24 hours in water rinse and scrub what you can and then rinse again. It really does depend on the rock. Boiling rocks can be very dangerous due to the fact that some will explode. I don't recommend it unless its your ONLY option for cleaning, and I also highly recommend doing it outside on a grill far away from any house.

What rocks are you wanting to put in your tank?
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:09 PM   #3 
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Make sure they are not glittery or metallic-shiny anywhere. Metal bearing rocks are very bad for fish.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:25 PM   #4 
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Thanks! ...im not sure what rocks yet but we have hundreds of thousands out in our pasture area, lots of smooth faced rocks but very sandy. Im hoping to find at least three 2" flat grey and white striped rocks...i didnt know about the explosion part! lol..that would have been terrible! and good to know about the metal!
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #5 
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alright, most of those after a good scrubbing should be alright. You might want to use some very diluted bleach just because you don't know what could of peed on them
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:39 PM   #6 
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Collected some lake rocks the other day.. They were dry, but I put them in hydrogen peroxide and all the dry algae came off. Probably a good idea.
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