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Old 06-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Making rocks aquarium safe

Okay so my park has a stream that has slate and I'd like to take some and put it in my 20 gallon. I can't find any videos on how to make them aquarium safe so could anybody help me?
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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A good scrub to clean off any algae or dirt and a rinse with boiling water should be sufficient. Just don't stick them in boiling water, rocks have the potential to explode from air bubbles trapped inside them. Pouring the boiling water over them should be good enough to kill any nasties that may be on it.
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Thank you so much, I thought I'd have to do something special.
How can you clean sand for aquariums? I'm going to siesta keys in a week and could maybe us the sand. Would it work if the sand is SW and I put it in FW?
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I wouldn't. Not only does it have salt in it, but there could also be pollutants in it if you're getting it from an area where lots of people visit. If I were you, i'd go for pool filter sand or play sand. 6-10 bucks at a local hardware store/home depot/lowes.
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Is it true that sand easily clogs filters? That's the only reason im iffy iffy on using sand.
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I've never had an issue... Just make sure your filter input isn't too close to the bottom near the sand so it can't suck any up. It also helps to have a heavier sand like pool filter sand.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:09 PM   #7
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Gotcha if I ever do sand it shall be pool filter
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