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Old 11-29-2017, 10:45 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a specific procedure for preparing/cleaning ANY rock for aquascaping use? I just wanted to go out to the town lake and grab a few rocks to use in my aquarium. Do I need to do anything? Any specific steps/procedures?
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:57 PM   #2
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They definitely need rinsed off and cleaned first, water only and/or vinegar. Then take each individual rock and drop vinegar on it, if it fizzles/bubbles I wouldn't use it it will mess up water chemistry but if it doesn't fizz it's fine to use. Next step is boiling/baking them to insure nothing harmful is on them but because this is quite dangerous if there are air pockets, what I did was put them all in a 5 gallon bucket, boil water then pour it over them and put a larger bucket on top of that one just as an extra precaution. Did this twice letting them soak for about 6 hours each time. Never have baked them so don't know much about that area. You could also bleach them instead of boiling/baking but it will take a while to get all the bleach off the rocks and make them safe again so I'd recommend the pour boiling over way. It's really just rinse/wash → check for fizzles with vinegar → boil/bake/bleach to sterilize → short rinse with water → add to tank
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I washed mine in hot water, scrubbed with a brush. Put them on a bake sheet and baked them @350 for 5 mins. Let them cool down and added them to my tank.
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