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Old 07-24-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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What kind of " rock " is this? Can I put it in my tank?

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About a year ago someone gave me this kind of rock because his aquarium broke. I never had the chance to ask him where did he get this from, but anyways I put it in my tank then and I lost 2 goldfish because they got stuck in it's holes ... Since then I removed the stone and it's still in my room as a decoration. I got swordtails now, because I realised that I didn't have a big enough tank to keep goldfish, and I bought sand and I'm planning to aquascape soon. But I took a look at the stone today and I'm considering to put it in my tank, I'm just not very sure if it can be sure for my swordtails, I'm affraid of losing other fish. but it has A LOT of holes as hiding spots for my fry .
Anyways, can it be a coral? There are no coral reefs here in Albania and I don't know anything about corals, so I cant be sure. What I know for sure is that this is a 100% natural stone/coral whatever, I mean it's not fake. It has some kind of crystals, just like salt crystals on it, so I think that maybe it might raise my pH?
Anyways, I'm attaching a picture, would be very grateful if you could help me .
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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it might be base rock
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it might be base rock
Hmm, maybe you're right! Can I put it in my freshwater tank?
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:01 PM   #4
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Looks like Texas holey rock.
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It's fine for freshwater. It's not holy rock but it's still mostly limestone
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Texas? That's faaaaaar far away from me! OMG lol still no answer, can I put it in my tank? :P
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It will raise ph
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Oh okay so thanks ! So I got a question. I read that swordtails would thrive in hard water, but I think that buffering the pH that much will harm my fish. I do have 2 pieces of driftwood outside my tank, just boiled them and took them out of the container with hot water 30 minutes ago. Since driftwood lowers the pH and the rock will buffer it, can I put the driftwoods and the rock at the same time, so they would neutralize each other? You know what I mean?
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Oh okay so thanks ! So I got a question. I read that swordtails would thrive in hard water, but I think that buffering the pH that much will harm my fish. I do have 2 pieces of driftwood outside my tank, just boiled them and took them out of the container with hot water 30 minutes ago. Since driftwood lowers the pH and the rock will buffer it, can I put the driftwoods and the rock at the same time, so they would neutralize each other? You know what I mean?
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both are fine,unless ph is super crazy soft or hard your fine
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Even if the ph goes up to high or down too low, you can maintain it with constant water changes. The solution to pollution is dilution. In the end unless you physically add buffer the ph will be around the tap
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