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Old 05-17-2014, 06:16 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, 07:09 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, 09:41 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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Boil? For about how long
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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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