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Old 03-09-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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creek rocks

I i went, just for the heck of it, and walked my creek today. I found a few rocks that are pretty porous. Lots of little and good sized holes.

My question is can i used them in my tank? as base rock? I was thinking if i boiled them or something it would kill anything that might be in it. What are your guys thoughts?
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If you boiled them, and then let them sit out in the sun for a week or two to make sure they were really dried out, maybe. But after all that, i would place them back in to a bucket of clean water and let them sit for a while and then test the water to see if they leach out any chemicals or trace elements that might be bad for a reef tank.
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You almost need to know what they are made also. As mentioned above you dont want to leech heavy metals into the tank.
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Yeah that too, you need to know what type of rock it is.
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Here are some pictures. They look pretty clean to the eye. You guys gave any idea what kind of rocks they are? Wonder if there Is a place I could send water to get it checked.

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Personally on one of my SW tanks I wouldn't risk it. My FW I would soak them test the water then probably use them. I don't know where you are from but it is always possible pollution can make the rocks unusable for either.
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The other issue is PH. I know I added rocks from the mountain in my FW tank before, and the one kept raising my PH to match the rock... you'll have to do a LOT of testing after putting it in some RO/DI water. Like they said, seems like a neat idea, but in the long run you'll most likely regret it. I gathered rocks and other things while vacationing on the beach and put them in my first tank. I had no real proof, but I did notice more algae around those items, they came out within a month or two... Just my experience.
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