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Old 12-02-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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Aquarium safe?

I was wondering if rocks from my yard are aquarium safe? I'd soak em in water for 2 weeks but would they be of any harm to my fish? I was thinking about making a few Collumns of 4-5 rocks and then a slate over them and then also, what about slate caves? How much would it cost for the sillicone and a bag of slate?
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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It depends on the rock, some would be safe for sure others depending on whats in them will kill your fish. I dont remember what all the dangerous rocks are but I know anything with fools gold is not good.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:47 PM   #4
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Slate is relatively inexpensive. I've seen it at places like home depot for $10 for 30 lbs. My slate rock is by far one of my favorite things. I have a huge bucket of it that I keep handy. If I ever need an extra hiding spot or something looks uneven, it works for it! I'll attach some pics of my slate caves. This is just slate that has been broken up with a hammer then soaked and cleaned. The last picture is of a tank I set up to rescue some plants. I added the slate rock just so he had something to swim around. It really is a nifty thing to keep handy. It can be used for so many things. In a lot of my tanks I use fake plants. If I have trouble with one floating up, I will bury a piece of slate rock and put the plants underneath it. It's heavier so it usually holds them down much better.
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Thanks! I really like your rock formations. How much would 30 lbs make? I'm planning on making at least 1 cave out if that, Mabye 2, and then som random formations! And then how much would sillicone be? And is it all aquarium safe?
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Thanks! I really like your rock formations. How much would 30 lbs make? I'm planning on making at least 1 cave out if that, Mabye 2, and then som random formations! And then how much would sillicone be? And is it all aquarium safe?
Thank you! I actually don't use any silicon, so I wouldn't know anything about that. My guess would be that there is an aquarium safe kind you can use. I just stack the slate and make sure it is really sturdy. It's easy to do because of how flat the rock is. I don't have any large fish that are capable of knocking it over, so it isn't a worry for me. I think 30 lbs is quite a bit, not sure. I bummed mine off of a friend. my favorite thing about buying it and breaking it yourself is personalization. They can be the sizes and shapes that you really like.
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Thanks! I really like your rock formations. How much would 30 lbs make? I'm planning on making at least 1 cave out if that, Mabye 2, and then som random formations! And then how much would sillicone be? And is it all aquarium safe?
Silicone at Home Depot is 4.99, at my petsmart its 5.99 I think, for me it was worth buying the pet smart one because the aluminum(?) tube from the hardware store punctured itself really easy and I had silicone everywhere, the one from the pet store held up better and was easier to work with.
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Ok will do! Thanks. How many lens do you think ill need wor like 2-3 caves?
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Ok will do! Thanks. How many lens do you think ill need wor like 2-3 caves?
Lens? What do you mean?
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I ment lbs. sorry!
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