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    I am setting up a 20 gallon long cichlid tank and wanted to know if I could use rocks and slate from my yard in the tank, once they are cleaned. see photos
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    When ever I have added wood or rocks I have always boiled them first.

    Watch for minerals in those rocks. Granite is ok but some softer stones will dissolve and make your water cloudy.
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    I think your rocks will be just fine. IME, I've come to the conclusion that boiling isn't needed most of the time, unless there was something like battery acid on the rocks beforehand. If there is just dirt on the rocks, you could just scrub them well and put them in. You can boil them if you want, but Never boil a rock if it's porous. Or it will explode. loudly and dangerously.
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