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Old 05-25-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Cave / slate

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I intend to build my own Cave since i can't find anywhere the picture of one i have in my head !!

I need to use pieces of slate of various sizes bonded together with aquarium sealer.
i need to know what process is required when washing / cleaning the slate. and how will i know when its suitable use and for my Aquarium.

thanks for any help ......
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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Soak it for a about a week then let it sit in the sun, I've read about baking and boiling but I'm not 100% on if that is best for slate some rocks can explode if it gets too hot. Welcome to AA by the way!
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
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A few drops of vinegar on the rock, if it foams it's bad.

Gently boiling it for several minutes should work. If you're concerned about the rock exploading you can use a heavy duty pot with a heavy lid and don't look inside until it's cooled.
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
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My neighbors asked what i was up to ..... How do you explain your boiling Slate !!!


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Old 05-26-2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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I think my neighbors are way past the stage of asking me what the heck I'm doing lol. I think that ended after they asked me why I was boiling deer antlers I'm my yard.
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I think my neighbors are way past the stage of asking me what the heck I'm doing lol. I think that ended after they asked me why I was boiling deer antlers I'm my yard.
Haha, did you put deer antlers in your tank? That'd be cool to see!
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Haha, did you put deer antlers in your tank? That'd be cool to see!
Lol I did at one point, but took them out I was afraid they would start to decay. And that was a rack I didn't wasn't to lose (12 point)
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Lol I did at one point, but took them out I was afraid they would start to decay. And that was a rack I didn't wasn't to lose (12 point)
Nice! That's really cool!!
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How is the slate turning out rovic? I've never done slate before, post pics when your done!
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I've done a mock up of what i want and i must say it looked good, i intend to build the cave properly with the bonding silicon then leave it to soak for 14 days or so ...but yeah I'll post pictures as I'm doing it ;-]]..
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