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Old 01-05-2006, 09:24 AM   #1
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Cleaning a rock

I found a great rock outside, it is in middle of woods, no where near factories, homes, pretty much just nature

Suggestions on how to clean it

Ammonia? Bleach?

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Old 01-05-2006, 09:30 AM   #2
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You need to make sure the rock is ok to use in the tank. Even if it's clean you may not want to put it in if it's something like limestone (and being in Georgia...it could be) Drop some vinegar on it and if it doesn't fizz, it's probably inert. Bleach'll definately clean it...make sure to air it out really well if you do.

Personally, I just like buying my rocks at the store. :P
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Old 01-05-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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I don't buy rocks in the store.. waaaaaay to expensive.. LOL.. Limestone doesn't bubble with vinegar becuase i have limestone in my african cichild tank and i tested it and it didn't bubble at all. I beleive vinegar tests for calcium carbonate.

Anyway i got my limestone/flint from my grandma's road/yard and i boiled it in a huge pot on the stove then i rinsed and srubbed them in bleach water and then i rinsed in dechlor.

what size tank and what kind of fish do you have?
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Limestone is made of calcium carbonate. It will fizz with vinegar. I grew up in south Florida...it was the subject of many a science project in elementary school

Limestone is fine in a cichlid tank anyway...
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Old 01-05-2006, 02:18 PM   #5
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well I tested all of my rocks with vinegar and none of them fizzled but i had several shells from the beach that DID fizz. I know they have calcium carbonate but the ones i got were mostly flint and i think becuase they are lest porous then thats why they didn't fizz. . I also grew up in Florida and live here.
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Are you sure it's limestone rock? You can look it up...limestone is made of calcium carbonate because it's made up of seashells & microscopic sea life sediments. Leave limestone in a bottle of vinegar and you won't have a rock after a while.
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My grandma's dirt road was all limestone and flint. Limestone includes several types of rocks found in florida including flint which is smoother. you can see fossils, seashells, etc on some rocks and some are smoother. You can see the pics in my gallery.
and yes i know there is calcium carbonate in limestone.. that was a mistype, but its not all calcium carbonate. There are different forms of limestone you know.
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Vinegar is an extremely weak acid and won't always fizz if the rock is calciferous. Muriatic acid is a better test but most of us don't keep that around, lol.

What you can do is scrub the rocks extremely well, soak them in boiling water or a light bleach solution. Soak them in dechlorinated water after that to get rid of the bleach. Place in a bucket of tap water and test the water pH. Leave it sitting in the bucket for a few days and test the water again and see if you see an increase in pH. You can also do this by placing the rock in your tank and testing your tank water. If the pH goes up (and this is not what you want) then remove the rock and get yourself some granite or slate.

I have plenty of "found" rocks and since most of them are not terribly porous you don't have to worry a whole lot about them contaminating your tank once you scrub the debris off of them.
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So that is why my pH has gone up TankGirl??? I knew it would but a wanted it to go up for the cichlids.
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My grandma's dirt road was all limestone and flint. Limestone includes several types of rocks found in florida including flint which is smoother. you can see fossils, seashells, etc on some rocks and some are smoother. You can see the pics in my gallery.
and yes i know there is calcium carbonate in limestone.. that was a mistype, but its not all calcium carbonate. There are different forms of limestone you know.
Just because a rock is found with other rocks doesn't mean they're the same.

Limestone is chiefly made up of calcite and is chemically similar to chalk and marble. While flint often is found IN limestone, that doesn't make it limestone. Flint is a silicate based rock. The only similarity between the two is that they both sedementary rocks which is why you can see fossils in both of them.

But limestone is not a form of flint and flint is not a form of limestone.
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