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Old 07-10-2011, 05:06 PM   #1 
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Slate In My Tank?

I just got slate from my LFS to put in my tank. The LFS guy said it was fine in my tank, just clean really well. Well right now it's soaking in a hot water bath with dechlorinated tap water until tmrw. Then I'm gonna take some AQ silicone and make a little sculpture out of the slate pieces. This is safe right?
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:25 PM   #2 
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How many times and in how many places are you going to ask the same question???????
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:29 PM   #3 
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I know lots of people who use slate in their tanks, for caves and such. Make sure the silicone sets for 24/48h.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:33 PM   #4 
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Sorry LIon Mom, But I feel more comfortable with 2 or even 3 opinions. Nothing personal, just want the best for my fish!
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:09 AM   #5 
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I think slate changes the pH or hardness or something..
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UGH! Really??! WIll it happen over time? Will my guys be fine?
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:43 AM   #7 
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Actually slate is one of the few rocks that does not change a waters chemistry. But silicone that is not set and dried properly can alter your pH when first contact with water. Make sure the silicone is dry dry dry before adding. But as for the slate, it's fine. Lots use it in Tropical tanks for certain fish that need flat caves and do fine with it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:43 AM   #8 
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I just wouldnt add it. *shrug shrug*
Theyd be fine, but itll change that in a tank.
it does something, but I am le lazy to check X'D

Just clean it and be careful.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:00 PM   #9 
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Only thing I can suggest is do the vinegar test, if it bubbles on your slate, don't use it. Other than that, do you research I guess. You'll always get conflicting advice on a fish specific forum. Personally, my other forums say it's OK to use and many breeders use it for certain fish to spawn on, hide their eggs in. But Betta's are touchy fragile things, so it's up to you.
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I have slate in most of my betta tanks/bowls and have for YEARS - mainly to help hide heater/filter cords. Have never had a problem.

Yes, angel fish breeders use slate for egg laying and angels LOVE soft water!!!!
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