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Old 05-06-2011, 08:54 PM   #11
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You should never bake or boil any rock.. If their is water in the rock, as the rock heats up and the water turns to steam it creates a pressure and the rock can explode not very safe.
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:58 PM   #12
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But is it ok with a brick because it was baked for hours in high temp and is dry inside?
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:02 PM   #13
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Why take the chance. I would soak with bleach water then rinse really well.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:03 PM   #14
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I boiled a brick a few days ago. I think I just got lucky. I kept my distance though
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I have heard some horrible stories of people breaking their stove, put hole in ceilings and walls.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:14 PM   #16
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Only once have I ever been able to "pop" a rock..and I bake/boil any and all rocks that go into my tanks. the ones in my 125g have gone through the bake/boil at least 6 times now (any major tear down gets it done).
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Your lucky! I wouldn't advise anyone to try it
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:27 PM   #18
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*puns inside* I think it boils down to knowing/picking your rocks with care, by and large the rocks I tend to use are hard/dense rocks like slate, granite, marble and in a few cases, solid crystals...I'm not sure I would use anything along the lines of sandstone, limestone ect. although I am thinking about using the foam/concrete 3d DIY background , just haven't figured out how I'll clean it down the road.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:59 AM   #19
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I agree with Loach23. Why bother boiling or baking when you can use bleach.
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Thing with collecting rock in the outdoors is you don't know where they've been, pesticides, pollutants, etc collect on the surface of a regular rock. I for one wouldn't want to put a free rock in my tank and kill my fish, so a 10 minute boil is worth it. As for lava rock, you're talking 10 times worse since there's all manner of junk that can collect in the pores, so baking and boiling is a must for me.
This would apply to all rocks, whether you collect them yourself or buy them. in my opinion bleach is easier and better as it will help rid the rock of anything left behind baking. It literally oxidizes organic materials.
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