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Old 09-27-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Question Just got new river rock, what should i do?

I picked up some dirty river rocks at a building supply company and wanted to use them in my new aquarium. How should i clean these off? Someone suggested soaking them in bleach. If this is correct how long should they soak for and should i do anything after that to get the bleach off?

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Old 09-27-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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I picked up some dirty river rocks at a building supply company and wanted to use them in my new aquarium. How should i clean these off? Someone suggested soaking them in bleach. If this is correct how long should they soak for and should i do anything after that to get the bleach off?

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I don't us. Bleach I just soak mine in boiling water for about 3 hours after scrubbing them with a clean scawing pad/sponge
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:12 PM   #3
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I dont think you need to boil rocks that long I would think if you just scrubbed them, dropped them in boiling water for like 10 mins at max, took them out and scrubbed them with plain water they would be completely fine. all the bacteria on the rock will die beings none can penitrate the rock unlike driftwood so just letting it hit boiling water will kill any live harmful bacteria.
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I don't us. Bleach I just soak mine in boiling water for about 3 hours after scrubbing them with a clean scawing pad/sponge
Can anyone tell me what this is and if i should throw it out? I found it on 2 of my rocks.
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is that before or after boiling?
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is that before or after boiling?
Before

The rock was covered in dirt so i washed it off with a hose and found that
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The rock was covered in dirt so i washed it off with a hose and found that
Did u use bleach by any chance?
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Boil it, if its still on there discard it. looks to me like salt or something and may be removed when boiled.
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Boil it, if its still on there discard it. looks to me like salt or something and may be removed when boiled.
Ok thanks.

Can i just boil it in a big pot on my stove?
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Ok thanks.

Can i just boil it in a big pot on my stove?
Yeah thats what i would do it wont hurt anything. I wouldnt use any type of nonstick pan however. but a normal pot will work just fine.
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