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Old 12-30-2005, 09:17 PM   #1
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Rock hunting..

well today we went to visit my grandma and go rock hunting. Most of the rocks were gone since they had paved her road a few years ago.. however she had a ton in her yard that she was using for landscaping and such. I didn't want to take all her landscaping but she had a pile of extra's so i picked out my favorites!!! I only got one decent big one though becuase most of the big ones are bordering her flower beds. Most of the rocks i picked out are mostly flint and little limestone so it shouldn't be too bad... and i tested it all with vinegar and none of it bubbled!!! Surprisingly. I boiled all of them in huge stock pots on my stove and then i soaked them in bleach water.. then i boiled them again and rinsed them in dechlor. I also scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed all the dirt off!!! Anyway i got some pics and it looks soo awesome!! I think my cichlids like it! oh and by the way, it is cloudy becuase i JUST got finished with it.









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Looking good! I'm jealous cause we can't find any rocks like that here. Not to mention that right now they are under the snow.
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Old 12-30-2005, 09:25 PM   #3
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yeah but don't you guys have like rivers and stuff up there??? I don't know much about canada but when i went camping in the great smoky mt. national forest there were tons of creeks and rivers with georgous rocks. Next time i travel up there i will be hauling some rocks back home!!! LOL.
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We have them but no where near where I am. I am in the middle of the great flat plains.
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Old 12-30-2005, 09:34 PM   #5
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awe sorry Zagz.. sounds like you need to go on a vacation somewhere!!! I just couldn't bear to pay the LFS prices for rocks.
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Vacation? What is that? ROFL, no one wants to watch my house with 6 cats and now 7 tanks. LOL, the price I pay for my babies.
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Old 12-30-2005, 09:40 PM   #7
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awe... sorry to hear that.. luckily we got to go on vacation this year and our roomate matt took care of everything for us.
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hey an,

you might want to keep an eye on your kh and ph as limestone can act as a buffer and (i believe) raise the kh.

someone correct me if i'm wrong...
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yes your are correct crazycat.. but i know a lot of people use crushed coral in their cichlid tanks, and since i don't have that i figured a little bit of limestone won't hurt. The rocks I picked out are mostly flint as the limestone one's were pretty dusty and fall apart easily. The pieces i got are mostly smooth and less porous than the pure limestone pieces. I of course still plan to keep an eye on the pH but i actually need it to go up a bit because its been right at 7.2 recently and i wouldn't mind if it slowly goes up to 8. I also do a 50% weekly water change so hopefully it will stabilize.
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looks nice i like how u covered the pots with them and seems like the chiclids like swiming around em
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Looks great. 'Rocks from grandma' makes me long for my friend's grandmother's driveway....the day she got a new load of gravel and we discovered it to be about 30% small fossils.
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Most stone yards around here will let you grab slate and stuff (scrap).. or for a few $$ you can pick which ones you want (any rock).. they also sell a heavy sand (Concrete sand) @ 4$/80lbs..
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limestone is good for africans it does raise the ph and kh, which is what they prefer.
Good score on the rocks, they look great !
Our garden currently lacks a few of those feature rocks as they have somehow made their way into the display tank.....

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also the vinegar test just means there is carbonates, i think, can't remember the particular details right now? which is good isn't it?
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also the vinegar test just means there is carbonates, i think, can't remember the particular details right now? which is good isn't it?
Yes, which suggests that any reactive stones will slowly degrade and increase the hardness of your water. Personally, I always use muriatic acid whenever in doubt of a particular rock....I find it a bit more reliable, but not so safe for most hobbyists.
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yeah they really seem to be enjoying them. WHen i look at it though it still looks empty though, i feel like i tstill needs some more rocks.. lol.
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Yup, looks good Ashley.
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took the pH today and it was 7.4. I will continue testing it daily.
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This article may be useful to someone..

http://perth-cichlid-forums.ipbhost....iums-t249.html

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Looks great. 'Rocks from grandma' makes me long for my friend's grandmother's driveway....the day she got a new load of gravel and we discovered it to be about 30% small fossils.
totally missed your comment.. lol. My grandma's road used to be all limestone and flint and stuff. My cousins and I used to find fossils and stuff all the time. And we built a "rock fort" out of tons of the rocks. Well when they gravel/paved the road they took all the rocks but my grandma got a ton of them. She was very willing to share.. although there were a couple really awesome ones that she wouldn't part with and i know i could've talked her out of them ,but i wouldn't feel right if i did. It does bring back memories every time i look at the tank.
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