Originally Posted by BettaPirate
I soaked it but I did not boil it, never heard of that.
I read about doing it when I was setting my tank up but I didn't.
Truthfully, I decided to go with the round little pebbles rather than the aquarium gravel. I don't think the paint or chips coming off will hurt anything especially since he has no interest in eating it. My goldfish inhale everything in the water including floating waste and cat hair, all of which would get stirred up when I added water so I opted to remove it entirely.