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Old 05-17-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
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Cichlid tank

I want to make a tank similar to this what kind of rocks can I use? Can I get any from Home Depot or lowes and break them to make something like this 
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:09 PM   #2
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I would go to a lawn and garden store that sells bulk rock for landscaping. I got some real nice black slate from my local for .49 a pound.
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Okay so they are okay to use? Any landscaping rocks?
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:41 PM   #4
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Worked for me. Clean them really good. Mine had a ton of grit on them. Black in color and are about an inch thick. Can't remember the kinda slate it was but it was cheap. I read somewhere u can by sandstone pavers and break them up but I wanted more natural looking rock.
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Okay awesome I'm going to look today for some and to get sand for the tank
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Some recommend using boiling water to clean real rocks before putting them in.
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:11 PM   #7
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Boil? For about how long
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:22 PM   #8
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Boil? For about how long
I am no Rock expert but DO NOT Boil rocks!

there could be a gas buildup inside that when boiled causes the rock to explode.


Now, from what I have read on here, you can pour boiling water over the rocks. You can brush them off with a clean brush, you can pout vinegar or Peroxide (that last might not be correct) and see if it bubbles to know if it is inert or fine for tanks.
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Vinegar poured over rocks will tell you if they're safe or not. If it bubbles, DON'T USE. if it doesn't, it's safe.

You can go to home depot, Lowes or any other store that sells landscape rocks. Just wash well. I would suggest a bleach wash.

Soak in 1 part bleach, 4 parts water. Bleach evaporates so just let it dry completely and it'll be safe. Same goes with any wood you find/use.

I've done this in the past and know by experience that it'll be ok

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Sorry, forgot to mention, rinse before bleach bath

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Old 05-20-2014, 09:59 PM   #11
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What kind of rocks are safe only landscaping or any that doesn't bubble
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:39 AM   #12
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If they bubble when you pour vinegar on them it means some type of chemical has been used on or around them. You can wash well and try vinegar again to see if you got it completely clean. It's not very often that you'll find an "UN safe" rock. Most the rocks you find or buy from the hardware/garden store will be fine after a good wash.

There are several methods to cleaning aquarium decor whether you choose to bleach bathe, boil or just a real thorough rinse.

Just remember, fish come from the wild and are used to most of natures elements so don't be to hard on yourself. Steer clear of metals and chemicals and you should be fine.

I have pea gravel in my aquarium that came from home depots garden section, pots from their garden section, and rocks and wood that I've found at parks and by a near by creek. I boiled some and bleach bathed some and all my fish are fine.



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Your a bit off on the vinegar test, if it bubbles it simply means it will likely raise your ph. This is not always a bad thing, especially in a cichlid tank as some cichlids require a higher pH. As far as using landscape rock, you can use hydrogen peroxide or bleach to disinfect, then soak in heavy dechlironator solution, I usually just soak in a bucket for a day then pour boiling water over them and let them sit for a little bit..

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Oh, ok. I was told vinegar reacts to certain elements found in rocks/stones and it reacts to certain chemicals as well. The natural Ph level in my cities water is right where it should be for cichlids (7.6-8.0 Ph). That may be why the guy at my LFS told me not to use it if it bubbles. I'm sorry if my info was misleading. I've just gone by this theory for some time now. Thank you for clarifying it

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I am no Rock expert but DO NOT Boil rocks!



there could be a gas buildup inside that when boiled causes the rock to explode.





Now, from what I have read on here, you can pour boiling water over the rocks. You can brush them off with a clean brush, you can pout vinegar or Peroxide (that last might not be correct) and see if it bubbles to know if it is inert or fine for tanks.

That's what I meant, I'm no expert. Thanks for clarifying.
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Yeah. I think your post read correctly but after it was asked, I figure nobody wanted a big bang.
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