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Old 01-04-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Diy rock cave.

Wanna do a DIY rock cave looking something like this. Anybody know where I can get some rock cheap and what type of rock is best. I don't wanna raise the ph. Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:22 AM   #2
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Idk where you could get the rock for cheap if you were to buy it, but maybe go to a river or a stream near you and pick out the rock you want there. Just make sure to boil the rock or heat up your oven to 350 and put the rock on a cookie baking sheet then in the oven for at least an hour to kill all the bacteria on it so it's safe to place in your tank.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:25 AM   #3
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Well a friend of mine said that all the slate rock in TN is or contains limestone which supposedly raises ph. I guess I could get some and test the ph rise in a bucket.
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Never never never never never never boil rocks!!!!!! The chemicals or pockets of air and water that may be trapped inside the rock can cause an very very dangerous explosion.

Simply test the rocks by placing drops of vinegar on them. If it bubbles do not use them. If no bubbles simply rinse them in water before use.
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What's TN? And maybe have a bucket of your fish tank water at the ph u normally have it at and then place the rocks in it..then measure the ph of the water the next day and then maybe again the next few days too to see if it affects it too much or at all?
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What's TN? And maybe have a bucket of your fish tank water at the ph u normally have it at and then place the rocks in it..then measure the ph of the water the next day and then maybe again the next few days too to see if it affects it too much or at all?
Tennessee. And yep sounds like a plan!
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Never never never never never never boil rocks!!!!!! The chemicals or pockets of air and water that may be trapped inside the rock can cause an very very dangerous explosion.

Simply test the rocks by placing drops of vinegar on them. If it bubbles do not use them. If no bubbles simply rinse them in water before use.
Oh man, sorry! I didn't know that. Thank you soooo much for telling me! I read on here a long time back on someone else's post to boil it. Thanks soo much.
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Never never never never never never boil rocks!!!!!! The chemicals or pockets of air and water that may be trapped inside the rock can cause an very very dangerous explosion.

Simply test the rocks by placing drops of vinegar on them. If it bubbles do not use them. If no bubbles simply rinse them in water before use.
So after checking it with vinegar if it doesn't bubble all you have to do is rinse it? I'm planning to add rocks to my tank from a stream near my house that i liked.
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Go to a hardware store (Home Depot, Lowes, maybe even Walmart) and you can find slate like this. Even tile stores or if you have it in your area, landscaping stores. But... right now isn't the season for it. I had a hard enough time trying to find gravel. So, I would say wait until spring and they will be everywhere.
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Your local specialty fish store will Cary it, most do! There is a news video on YouTube about a person who tried to boil a rock for an aquarium, it exploded and killed 3 people. Be safe and good look, post a pick when your done!
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