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Old 08-11-2011, 01:01 PM   #1 
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Rocks and Driftwood?

I live very close to a beach, and i decided im going to go down to get a few rocks and/or driftwood. Thing is, its a saltwater beach...so I was wondering what the best way of preparing them would be. Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:29 PM   #2 
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The best way is to not use them... not all wood is safe for an aquarium...

The rocks, those might be okay. Though, beaches are really dirty. The sand is full of nasty things. Perhaps look around for rocks in other places.

Dont put shells or sand from the beach in, ever. Yuck! (Shells can change the pH)

You can soak in a 19:1 bleach solution ,or in a white vinegar solution, or nuke the water the rocks are in with a massive dose of salt- upwards of 6-10tsp/gallon. Change the water often, QT for a long time.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #3 
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Is QTing them that neccesary? I was going for the ones that were sunbaked, i dont think anything could live on it...but I understand about the driftwood. My beach is also private so not much trash is on it :) It just seems pointless to buy rocks...Also I heard boiling works, thoughts?
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:31 PM   #4 
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I wouldnt boil a rock, noooo! But scald it, sure.

Yes, QTing is very important. The rocks could very well leech out nasties that baking out may not do well. Also, be careful if you bake them.

I wouldnt use saltwater drift wood in a freshwater tank, though :<
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:58 PM   #5 
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In the tropical world, salt water drift wood is suggested for freshwater tanks. Actually, we tell people NOT to use freshwater driftwood because that harbors nasties that will survive in your tank. I'm surrounded by ocean, we use saltwater drift wood in our tanks.

Only prep we do is soaking the wood for a few days-weeks until it sinks and scrub it. Rocks are cleaned well with hot water, never boiled or bakes. Rocks explode.

Do a test with rocks though, add vinegar to the top. If it bubbles, do not use it.

Sorry PPP, but this is one time I gotta disagree with you :P

Edit to add! Corys may not do well with salt from these drift peices, so removing the salt as much as possible would be good.

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Old 08-11-2011, 05:04 PM   #6 
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saltwater drift is fine, i've used it a lot b4 in my nanos...
But, it does take some effort.
Rinse it like nuts,
and boil it. Change the water very often, and boil it more.
Rinse it off, and then it should be fine.
You have to do a ton of rinsing, and soaking and such though.
I mean, a ton. I can't exxagerate that enough.
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Ok I got some rocks, anyone know how i can check if they have bands of metal in them? I dont want that in my tank...
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:09 PM   #8 
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Actually to save everyone some trouble, do these rocks seem ok?
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:44 PM   #9 
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Nice rocks! Do as Pitluvs said - pour vinegar on top of them. If it bubbles, don't use them.

More info here:

http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzon...ic/8441-rocks/

Good luck! :)
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Thanks for the reply, all of them passed the vinegar test so im guessing they are ok :)
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