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Old 11-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #1 
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Naturally Black Stones for Aquarium Use

Can anyone suggest a naturally black stone that is aquarium safe? The dyed gravel just isn't working for me.. I've gone through 5 gallons of water trying to rinse it and the water is still dusty black.. :\ In the past I've used natural river stones, but I wanted to go with a different look.. proving more of a pain that its worth.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:03 PM   #2 
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maybe something like this? http://ca-en.hagen.com/Aquatic/Decorative/Gravel/12522 if you can find them. they are not gravel so its not painted just black river rocks.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:35 PM   #3 
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I have black river rocks in my betta's tank and he loves them! I would say it is safe.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:45 PM   #4 
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check this out! Gorgeous colors, aquarium safe glass pebbles:

http://www.kgostone.com/glass_pebbles_pools.html#fire

too bad it would prob cost a fortune.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:53 PM   #5 
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tumbled obsidian is beautiful, especially if it's "snowflake" obsidian. it's available in most stores that sell specimen rocks, or semi-precious beading supplies, and usually in a variety of sizes from gravel-sized all the way up to shaped "eggs" about the size of a goose egg.



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Old 11-11-2012, 08:38 PM   #6 
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Great ideas. I thought about obsidian but afraid 10-15lbs of it would be an arm and a leg.

The pool stuff is cool because it's sparkly.

I think my favorite are the natural black beach pebbles.. if I can find them. I'm in the US.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:21 PM   #7 
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Have you thought about black sand?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #8 
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Great ideas. I thought about obsidian but afraid 10-15lbs of it would be an arm and a leg.

The pool stuff is cool because it's sparkly.

I think my favorite are the natural black beach pebbles.. if I can find them. I'm in the US.

Thanks!
obsidian's not actually that expensive, unless you're looking for large (bigger than a quarter) sized pieces or shaped pieces. i've seen bags of tumbled obsidian in mineral shops for $15-20 that would be just wonderful as a base for a black rock tank, and pebble/bead obsidian in craft stores that's even cheaper. mix those assorted pieces with a bag of black gravel and you've got a nice, upscale, variegated black substrate for a lot less than you'd think.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:29 PM   #9 
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I bought these in black at Petsmart http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:31 PM   #10 
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I bought these in black at petsmart http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

idk if you can see them but this is them in the tank there are some in the bowl but in the back I have more I like them!
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