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i was out looking for decorations for my new tank and found the price of rocks at the lfs simply outrageous. my question is can i take some rock from outside and use them. i know to boil or heat them in the oven to kill anything that might be living on them but what about mineral leeching from the rock itself. the region i live in is part of the cambrian shield and the rock outcropings here are among the oldest on the planet(about 4 millon yrs) would these pose any danger to my oscars??

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OFL replied the topic: Re:rocks for the new tank

Rock always looks nice in a fish tank, it's something I highly recommend, especially if you arrange it so fish have a place to hide. Do you know what type of rock it is? what I will say is be very careful if you put the rock in the oven, rock can retain heat for a long time, especially deep inside. What you could do is quarantining the rock in a bucket of water and test the water. Rock can have an effect on the hardness so test that as well

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:rocks for the new tank

put some vinegar on the rock, if it fizzys dont use it. Beware corals or anything that has been in the sea as it may have salt in it which will leach in the tank and maybe kill your fish. If in doubt dont use it.

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Margaret150 replied the topic: Re:rocks for the new tank

I have always had natural rock in my fish tank.
I live in New York and when we have gone upstate
to the mountains where they have all the rivers and ponds
we get our rock from there and have never had a problem.
It is rock heaven. And, so much fun to be out in nature
on a rock huntfor your fish tank. Of, course if you don't have that opportunity then you have to use a store.
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Vbaby replied the topic: Re:rocks for the new tank

stores r a rip off when it comes to rocks,driftwood ect.

it will possibly be cheaper for u to drive a 100km's to get sum rock from a beach than buying in th lfs

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:rocks for the new tank

i agree stores do rip you off for rock and driftwood. fortunetly for me i live in a area of the country that is litterally peppered with lakes and rivers(at least 5 lakes not 15 mins from my door) unfortunetly i'll have to wait until they thaw before getting the drftwood. and thanks to all for the info on how to check my rocks.

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drew replied the topic: Re:rocks for the new tank

theres no driftwood round here what so ever and most stone are sandstone which i wont put in my tank as it does disitergrate over time in water i think.
i find a few at work underground when im digging founds with the digger. might bring em home haha.

if anyone can get any good bits of wood for me ill pay yous a nice sum and postage too nice 4 ft lenth with a few bits of branches cuming off

woukld be grately apreciated as the lfs has none of that size. just small point bits wat my oscar throws all over and getsd grazed off all the time
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aquaticlean replied the topic: Re:rocks for the new tank

fish shops rip you off with any thing like that, like fine filter wool i seen them as much as 10quid for a small bag! i just buy two cheap pillows(not feather) and use the stuffing its all the same stuff but i get three times as much.

as for rocks i got a thing for large scottish cobbles, so i buy mine at a garden centre a 25kg for 4 quid and as all cobbles 100% fish safe.

i know people who have bought play sand from garden centres for there tank 25kg for a fiver. how much would the fish shop charge? it cost me a fortune to put sand in all my tanks!

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