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Old 12-17-2010, 11:25 PM   #1 
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Aquarium Safe Rocks?

Does anyone know how to get some free or cheap large, natural looking rocks? Can I take them from nature, or will that harm the fish? Can I collect smooth river rocks from a river?
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:29 PM   #2 
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I'v done the river rocks, but I always boiled them to kill any bacteria on them. Just let it cool down before you put it in your tank, though this could be a ok way to keep your tank warm, as rocks hold heat rather well.
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:16 AM   #3 
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Test the rocks before you put them in the tank. Just put a drop of vinegar on the rock, if it bubbles don't put it in your fish tank.
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:20 AM   #4 
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Definetly don't want any limestone in a tank, it will mess with your pH. That's what the vinegar test is for! :)

Edit: Just googled it, and apparently marble, limestone, and other "calcareous" (not sure what that means XD) rocks will fail the vinegar test. All calcareous rocks will mess with your pH too! Who would of thought marble would react with water? I love google <3

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yay google <3
didn't know all of that, I never had problems with my rocks though :\
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