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Old 03-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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I discovered what was making my water cloudy.

I put a rock in from my stream in my back yard, it was a black rock, shiny and perfectly black, I have had it in the aquarium for a long time and the water was always cloudy, In my bedroom I have a 20 gallon long with a gold fish in it, the tank was looking a bit boring so I took the black rock out of the 55gal and put it in the 20 gal, I woke up to discover my 20 gal was terribly cloudy and my Oscar tank was crystal clear... It was a dramatic change once I removed the rock
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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The rock...
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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Before I removed the rock
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I also got these rocks from the stream, and they are doing fine
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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How did you clean the rock prior to putting it in your tank? Did you boil and scrub or bleach and scrub?
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I scrubbed with a rough sponge and then sat it in the sun for a couple days out side, should I boil the rocks next time?
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You can either boil them (makes the house a little stinky) or you can soak them in a 40:1 mixture of bleach and water for 24 hours then 24 hours in air. When you no longer smell bleach they should be good.
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I put the rock back where I found it, and got more rocks and boiled them, made my house smell like a crick! Lol it was gone after I grilled chicken.. But I noticed lots of stuff that I didn't notice on the rock where floating, I boiled for about a hour and a half then let them cool on a old shirt, then siliconed them together to make a little under water sculpture, looks nice, I could add a picture if you would like?
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Sure, always nice to see pics. Yeah, boiling gets in through any pores and releases the nasty stuff.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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My gold fish loves this! He's by himself in a 20 gal tank with two 15 gallon filters , and a 3 gallon undergravel filter, the tank takes minimal maintenance, I love it! And my oscars are very happy now, they ate their first lizard today, and they are very active
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