Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-02-2010, 07:30 PM   #1 
Phether
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Cleaning natural rocks and driftwood

I just got back from a weekend at Yosemite and I found the perfect rocks and wood to use in my aquarium but I'm wondering how I should clean these items before I put them in? Here's a picture of what they look like. The rocks were on a hiking trail close to a stream that turned into a waterfall and the driftwood used to be a tree branch of some sort I believe. Any advice is welcome.

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/739/cimg2421.jpg

Thanks!

Last edited by Phether; 06-02-2010 at 07:34 PM.
Phether is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 07:33 PM   #2 
Learn To Fly
Member
 
Learn To Fly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Kentucky
You can boil the wood. You might want to do the vinegar test on the rocks to make sure they're okay for the tank. In case you don't know what that is/how to do that just take a drop of vinegar and put it on the rock. If it fizzes, you shouldn't put it in your tank.
Learn To Fly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 10:02 PM   #3 
shards
New Member
 
shards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: South Florida
Dhould you boil the rocks to or no
shards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 10:09 PM   #4 
TheJadeBetta
Member
 
TheJadeBetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Arkansas
No, you don't boil rocks.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...il-rocks-7424/
TheJadeBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 10:11 PM   #5 
shards
New Member
 
shards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: South Florida
Ok so should you just scrub them or what do you do
shards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 10:26 PM   #6 
TheJadeBetta
Member
 
TheJadeBetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Arkansas
I would do like Learn to Fly said.
TheJadeBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 11:49 PM   #7 
Phether
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
The rocks passed the vinegar test, now how do I make sure they are clean?
Phether is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2010, 12:09 AM   #8 
TheJadeBetta
Member
 
TheJadeBetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Arkansas
Rinse in hot water, is what I do. Usually I make the water hot, almost to hot for my hands.
TheJadeBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2010, 12:19 AM   #9 
mfskarphedin
New Member
 
mfskarphedin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Seacoast, NH, USA
I boil my rocks and wood to make sure any parasites, eggs, contaminants, etc, are killed. Boiling the wood and cooling it alternately will also help it get water-logged if it floats.

Also make sure the wood isn't pine or cedar or anything else resinous.
mfskarphedin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2010, 12:39 AM   #10 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
The rock I would rinse in a 5% bleach solution then rinse thoroughly several times after.

Make sure the wood your using is a hard wood. Scrub it down really well and sand any sharp edges (use the pantyhose test) then boil it.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.