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Old 12-05-2010, 11:56 AM   #1 
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Gravel and Decor Questions

So I have a ten gal divided three ways. I've got blue gravel on the outside sections and black with rainbow specks in the middle. I've got more black gravel and want to put it on the ouside sections so there's more gravel and it looks more natural. Whats the best way to do this since there's already water and fish in the tank?

Also what all kinds of decor can you use in tanks that aren't sold at pet stores? Like can you use rocks or seashells or anything? I kind of want to give my tank a little makeover. I want it to be more natural looking but still fun. Right now it's got a bunch of green and a bunch of brightly colored plants.


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Old 12-05-2010, 03:10 PM   #2 
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I don't know how for you to put gravel in an occupied tank, but as for decor...

a lot of members use terra cotta pots. Sooooo cute! And since it's an orange-brown, it will still work in natural looking tank.
River rocks are a good choice too. I wouldn't add shells because I think they actually raise the PH in the water. Other random things you can add are marbles and gems, mugs, and glazed figurines. Before adding any decor, first make sure it doesn't leak colour or anything.
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So I could add any kind of rock?
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:49 PM   #4 
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I think so....I just choose river rocks because they're naturally polished and smooth. Just make sure you scrub them well with hot water.
NEVER BOIL ROCKS!! D:
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:40 PM   #5 
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River rocks could also raise your Ph so before you add them to your aquarium, add a few drops of vinegar to the stones, if they fizz then they are no good!!! Of course you need to clean them thoroughly before adding them to your tank but never boil as there could be water inside, which could cause them to explode !!!
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I use soapstone incense warmers (never used of course) for my betta caves.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:04 PM   #7 
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River rocks could also raise your Ph so before you add them to your aquarium, add a few drops of vinegar to the stones, if they fizz then they are no good!!! Of course you need to clean them thoroughly before adding them to your tank but never boil as there could be water inside, which could cause them to explode !!!

Oh, I didn't know that! So just a few drops directly onto the rock or in a cup with some water and the rock?
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Just directly on the rocks
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i've also heard that you can drop acid on rocks, and it's more reliable than vinegar, but idk what kind.

just take the fish out then dump in the gravel (after it's been washed good to get rid of dust) it's not a big deal, unless you're removing the old gravel, thats when it gets harder
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