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Old 05-23-2014, 08:18 PM   #1 
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Are these safe in betta tank

A friend gave me these, but I have read polished rocks have lacquer on them? Anyone know how I can find out? I looked on their website but couldn't find anything. If I boiled them reall good, would they be safe?
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:00 PM   #2 
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Ooo don't boil river rocks or any rocks that look like they could be or any rocks that hold water/constantly submerged, you'll end up with an explosion in your house! They look safe though, they look like the rocks that wal-mart sells just brown instead of their usual black. Do they feel waxy at all? Not sure if that makes a difference or not but figured I'd ask.
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Glad I asked...guess I can be taught. Not waxy, but very polished.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:17 AM   #4 
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Maybe you could set them outside on a paper towel and pour boiling water or vinegar over them to rinse them. That would probably be safer.

After that, I'd stick them in a QT with some tank water to soak.
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Old 05-25-2014, 12:33 AM   #6 
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I put these in a bowl with hot water last night and they are definitely waxy, so they will be going out in the garden.
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I'm not totally sure if waxy stones will be an issue but always best to stay safe. You can google waxy stones in aquarium or something and see what you find!
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:43 PM   #8 
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For now, I am sticking with safe...I've had my share of stress already..and other than a few bad plants, a ripped tail that is not healing...the rest is going very well. Hope to get ok from landlord tomorrow for the 20 gallon tank in my room.
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I bought smooth black rocks (not pebbles/gravel) from both PetSmart and Walmart in the fish sections. I know I can buy something similar at a craft store, but I figured they'd be safe since I bought from the fish/aquarium section.
Is that a bad thing to assume? You never know with these places....
All I did was rinse in warm water.
Loki has been with me for almost 3 weeks so I guess that's a good sign? Lol
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