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Old 07-09-2004, 06:33 PM   #1
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I've just bought a piece of white, softish, rough stone (not sure what type!) from my LFS, it's a bit dirty (dust etc.) so I'm going to give it a good rinse with warm water.

What else do I need to do before I put it in my tank?

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Old 07-09-2004, 06:58 PM   #2
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I would check to see if it's carbonate based with some vinegar.
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How do I do that? :/
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Put some vinegar on the rock, if it fizzes, it would probably not be a good rock to add to your tank. If you are still unsure, you could add a stronger acid such as muratic (concentrated HCl) and repeat the test.
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OK, thanks - just normal brown table vinegar?
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Either put a few drops of vinegar directly onto it or better yet scrape some of it off and then put a few drops on that.. if it's carbonate based it will produce CO2 and you'll see it fizzing.

If it doesn't fizz and I don't know where it came from then I would be a bit hesitant to put it in my tank. You never know what kind of stuff could leech out of it eg. metal deposits.

Was it sold to you as ocean rock?
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OK, looks like it's a bit iffy to put in my tank then.

Can I bleach it or something?
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Did it fizz?
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Just about to do it :p
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Yeah it fizzed.
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