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Old 06-14-2013, 08:49 PM   #11 
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I got a 1 gallon bucket filled with gravel from the beach. Any tips on preparing the gravel for tank use?
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:53 PM   #12 
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Umm I would probably boil it, probably the best way to go. Although I know rocks can explode sometimes when exposed to heat for too long so you might want to google on how long you can boil them.

If not you can rinse them out with hot tap water, let them sit in hot tap water and change the water every 8 hours or so so it stays mostly hot. Do that for a few days to get rid of any salt and other bacteria that might be lurking in there. Rinse out again and let soak in 4x conditioned hot tap water, again change every 8 hours or so (twice a day will be fine) and do that for a few days and it should be safe after that.

But I would definitely prefer the boiling method and then use the 4x conditioned water after that.
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If I asked my mom to boil rocks she'd get all hissy fitty on me. I'll ask. ;) BTW the beach is freshwater. Shelbyville beach in Illinois.
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Heres a picture of the gravel. Its a mixture of very little sand and tiny little rocks. Would it be safe to put a plant in?
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Oh okay, freshwater is good. I'd still do the bucket method with the hot tap water to get rid of any nasty stuff.

And are you saying okay to put a plant in the tank or a plant from the beach into the tank?
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:13 PM   #16 
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A live plant from Walmart.
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Oh okay, yeah sure! All my tanks have plants and I love them what kind of plant are you going to get?
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I don't know, they usually only have like 1 or 2. So I might not be able to get one at first at all, cause they might be out of stock. But a list of starter plants would be nice.
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Certainly!

Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias, Rotala, Ludwigia, Water wisteria, Water sprite, Cryptocorynes, Vallisneria, Cabomda, Hornwort, Pennywort, Moneywort, and that's about all I can think about right now lol most of those are low light requirements as well which is good
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:27 PM   #20 
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Okay, I'll look for those. Thanks for the list. I plan on getting a female guppy or two as well after I get the divider up and quarantine tank free. Not for breeding, but for a tankmate as when I last had a group of male guppies they got real nippy to the point of losing scales. -_-

Oh, and what about plant bulbs from walmart? any good?

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