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Old 05-28-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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Is this stone safe?

Okay so I have this piece of sand stone (or I believe it's sandstone) and I did the vinegar test no fizz I soaked it in water for a week no PH change, but when I looked in the bottom of the metal container I was soaking it in there was this white foamy stuff that seemed to harden a little and the same stuff accumulated at the top of the metal bucket on the screws that held the handles. (See photos) what is this stuff and will it be safe to use the rock? Was there maybe left over vinegar on the rock mixing with the water and reacting to the metal/rock over the week period?
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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It could have also been used in a previous aquarium, would it be producing salt maybe if it was used in a salt water aquarium prior to me owning it?
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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That doesn't look like sand stone, does it feel grainy?
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:55 PM   #6
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That doesn't look like sand stone, does it feel grainy?
Yeah feels pretty grainy/gritty. Also heard it might be rainbow stone. Not to sure tho cause my dad had it before but he doesn't remember where he got it.
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That's the most popular type of stone sold for tropical (not cichlid) tanks where I live, so I would say its safe. And very pretty!

Now, on to the real question here: are we having banana cake or banana smoothies?

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That's the most popular type of stone sold for tropical (not cichlid) tanks where I live, so I would say its safe. And very pretty!

Now, on to the real question here: are we having banana cake or banana smoothies?

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The sandstone is? Cause I've heard it can sometimes be bad depending. I dunno maybe ill just soak my stone a little longer and see if the same thing happens
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It's almost like a calcium build up, which if I'm not mistaken is bad to have built up in your aquariums?
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The sandstone is? Cause I've heard it can sometimes be bad depending. I dunno maybe ill just soak my stone a little longer and see if the same thing happens
I don't know what kind of rock it is, but the rock in the picture is sold specifically for aquariums.
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Looks like red vein sandstone.


Not 100% on that though!
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Is it a new bucket? I ask because I had the same thing happen in a new cooking pot that I accidentally left water in for a little over a week. It only showed up around the rivets for the handles.
This doesn't really answer the question of "what is it?", though. Sorry.
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Is it a new bucket? I ask because I had the same thing happen in a new cooking pot that I accidentally left water in for a little over a week. It only showed up around the rivets for the handles.
This doesn't really answer the question of "what is it?", though. Sorry.
No it's an older bucket, there was white stuff accumulating at the bottom of the bucket too in little chunks, I dumped it out before taking photos tho.
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