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Old 06-28-2020, 11:30 AM   #1
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adding rocks/slate to my aquarium?

I stopped by a hardscaping business and brought home a few rocks, and a couple pieces of slate for my freshwater aquarium. I put them in a bucket of tap water and that is where they have been for about 5 days.... is there anything else I should do before adding them to my freshwater tank? Thank you in advance!🙂
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Im assuming by hardware store, your rocks arent from an aquarium store and havent been sold specifically for use in aquariums. So, I would test the rocks to see if they will cause you any issues first. A few drops of vinegar on them and if the vinegar fizzes, the rock contains calcium which could cause problems with your pH.

If you are happy with the rock types though, i would run very hot water over them to kill off any bacteria before putting them in your aquarium. Boiling or baking is often recommended, but this runs the risk of explosions. If you do choose to use boiling water, pour it over the rocks rather than boiling them in a pot to reduce the risk.
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Thank you! It was a business that specializes in hardscaping.... building stone retainer walls, gravel flower beds, stuff like that. It was perfect, actually. I got for a VERY small price what would of cost me $50.00 at least from the pet store. They passed the vinegar test, and I'm going to go ahead and pour the boiling water over them a couple times... thank you again������������
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