My girls and i found some cool river rocks to put in our 2 55 gal tanks i have them soaking in tap water and bleach over nite but before i put them in my tank i'll soak them in just water good idea or bad idea the river rocks idea help thanks
You should be careful taking things from the wild and putting them in your aquarium. They can carry diseases and parasites. The bleach will probably take care of that, but you may want to soak the rocks in clean water for a few days, then let them dry in the sun. To make sure they are not reactive, you can pour a little vinegar on them. If it fizzes, don't use the rocks in your aquarium.
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By river rocks, do you mean the smooth, rounded, sort of grayish- black rocks? If so, they can be used to decorate aquaria. I have river rocks myself and are a great decoration. They are completely inert. You can boil the rocks to get rid of the parasites but bleach works fine too.
good idea man i should of done that boil them nice may do both ya the rocks not smooth but they are cool looking cant wait to but them in with my oscars
If the rocks aren't as I described, you should go ahead and do the vinegar test. Some rocks are made from calcium carbonate and alters an aquarium's water chemistry.
its a good idea bleaching it, fill a clean bucket with warm water, place the rocks leave it for a good week or so, and put the water conditioner in
ok well do thanks for all the idea will update soon thanks
boiling river rock is dangerous and can cause the rock to explode
i am now guna stop boiling my rocks. i do it to every rock i get. but i allways use rocks i get from th eriver i just clean them and use vinagar to see if they are ok to use.
Hello, i want to know if putting the polish rocks from the river in the pond, it will produce algae????? becauce actually i got lots of problem, the water is clear but at the bottom of the pond the water, the pond liner, and the rocks are becoming green.
Where can you get good river rocks for aquariums at?
If they are not reactive, river rocks will not release algae nutrients. One way to check reactivity is to put a drop or two of vinegar on the rock and see if it fizzes.
River rocks are not often sold at aquarium shops, but landscape suppliers have plenty of them. For aquarium use, some of the manufactured decorations sold in aquarium shops may be a better choice; driftwood can also be very decorative. Anything not sold specifically for pond or aquarium use should be thoroughly cleaned and evaluated to make sure it will not release dangerous materials.
To thrive, algae needs light and nutrients. Thus if the pond has excessive algae, it's getting too much of one or both. Maybe the pond needs a couple hours of shade. More fish and more uneaten food will also nourish algae, so avoid over feeding and over crowding. Some fast growing plants will reduce available nutrients and could even provide some shade. Finally, a moderate amount of algae is not harmful and is a natural part of most freshwater environments.
you can boil the river rocks for 10 min. and let dry and then add a drop or two of white vinegar and if it fizzes don't use them. I did this and it is working out fine.
Actually, I boiled for 15min. to be safe.
The vinegar test is what to do after boiling.
The problem i had was some of my river rocks were jus to darn heavy to put up there! I soaked them in hot water repeatedly in a keg and 55 barrel.
also i would put old aquarium water in with the rock and an algae eater with food. the rocks were so big, i had the worst ideas in mind. so i did many tests before adding them to my biotope.
hey,thanks i appreciate the suggestions and will do this thing to get it right.its part of mt tranquility that i need.
Yes, we can bt you should treat the stone by boiling it for not less than 20 minutes, and then keep the stone submerged in clean water for two to three days. After that dry it in sunlight and than it will b safe from any outside toxins. Trust me dude, it works well. I had tried it a year ago, and it did go perfect...
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Thanks for the vinegar suggestion.
They only explode with sudden, temperature changes. If you put them in the water, then bring them to a boil for 10 min, then turn off the heat and let everything come back to room temperature before removing them from the water, you won't have a problem. I have done it myself several times.
are you for real???? explode?? please
Rocks found in or near water may contain small pockets of moisture, which when heated will make the rock explode. Serious injuries explode. Why you tell kids not to put rocks in the campfire.
Bring the vinegar with you while rock hunting. Anything you bring home soak for a few days in a bleach solution and then wash with warm soap and water. Then soak for a few days with aquarium conditioner designed to remove chlorine and you should be good.
Do not soak in bleach solution.
Bleach is bad for your fish Just use warm conditioned water and maybe some vinegar to clean it.
This is an old thread. But to put some facts to sleep
Rocks can and will explode in an oven. Ive seen the results of a mates oven.
Also if heated to boiling point in water, how ever slow. If there is trapped air pockets, or moister pockets, you run the same risk of an explosion. But more likely it will crack. Again rare, but it possibly can happen.
Soaking in bleach is fine as well, as long as its a very mild bleach solution. As said above, soaking them in tap water conditioner and giving them a good scrub in running water afterwards will be fine, and remove the chlorine that may get left behind from the bleach.
The bleach method as long as washed thoroughly after is probably the safest option. And exactly what ive done with my Malawi tank.