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Old 05-28-2011, 07:42 PM   #1 
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How should i clean these?



I picked these out of the river and off of the shore today... How should i clean them so i can put them in my tanks?
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:28 PM   #2 
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To be sure they're aquarium-safe, pour some white vinegar over them.... if they fizz, they're going to change your pH too much, so toss the fizzy ones. But, from the photo, they all appear to be ok.

What I do with rocks I find, is boil a large pot of water (no rocks). Put the rocks in the sink with the plug in... pour in enough boiling water to cover the rocks and let them sit until it's cool enough to reach in and take the plug out. You don't want to boil the rocks as there is a possibility that some could "pop" from the heat. But, the boiling water over them won't raise the internal temp high enough for that to happen, but it will take care of bacteria and nasties on the exterior of the rocks. If there's a bit of gunk on the rocks, before you pour the water over them scrub the gunk off with an old toothbrush. Don't have to be too picky, just get obvious bits.

Nice little collection you found!

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Just straight vinegar, or do i need to dilute it?

And thank you so much for the help! I love looking for rocks, even though i went out with the intention to get drift wood. XDD
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Just straight vinegar.

I need a bit of driftwood for a small java fern & anubia I have. So, maybe I'll have lunch and head to the beach for a quick look! It's a nice day, although pretty cool, but it'll be a good little outing for this afternoon! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:54 PM   #5 
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K, ill do that tomorrow!! Thanks so much. X3

And you are welcome. :D
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:39 AM   #6 
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to sterilize them you can put them in the oven to 200 degrees for four hours then raise it to 250 degrees for about 2 hours... faster than that and they may explode.

let them cool for about five hours before immersing them in treated water in a bucket, then give em a day.
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