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Thread: Aquarium Rock

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    Where is the best place to get real aquarium ROCK....

    Is there certain rocks I should stay away from???

    Does Lava rock go in tanks?
    I know slate and zebra rock.. but that's about it..
    Whats a good dark rock?

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    Some pet stores carry good rock.

    Limestone or other soft rocks can mess with the PH... One or two smaller ones should be all right, depending on tank size, but a bunch will change the water chemestry.
    Avoid anything with shiny veins, that could be metal.
    Also avoid anything very sharp, fish can injure themselves.
    Sandstone will eventually crumble and usually has impurities that can potentially be bad.
    Basically, if it has metallic lines or is softish, definitely not.

    Lava rock can crumble over time and make a mess, but I don't believe it's harmful. It does look really nice...

    Some beach rocks may be okay. Garden supply stores might have rock as well... I suggest doing some research, maybe just Google 'aquarium-safe rock'.
    I don't know any good dark rock types, I don't think. Quartz is good unless it has shiny veins, and basalt or obsidian should be alright if you can locate it. Marble is awesome for tanks, you could possibly get some sort of dark marble somewhere. Depending on where you live, river rocks may work. Make sure you give them a really good scrub and be sure what they are, though.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    Hey thanks that is great info

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    I'm not an expert or anything, I'm just passing on what I know from research and asking around. I do suggest you research whatever you choose to buy or pick up... That's always a good idea.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    I prefer to read this kind of nice stuff. The quality of content is fine and the conclusion is good. Thanks for the post.

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    Few ways to get good rocks for aquarium, ive done all these.
    1 go for a nature walk and bring a bucket or pack.
    2 nice walk on the beach or along a stream
    3 garden supply/landscaping company
    4 lfs
    5 online

    The last 2 are easy but online is the only time you need to really look up the rock. If you have hard hard water like well water, then calcium rich rock wont make a difference in your tank, and you can use just about anything.

    If you dont then bring a bottle of vinegar with you shopping/walking when you find a nice rock throw a bit of vinegar on it. If it bubbles leave it alone it will affect your ph. No bubbles useually mean its good to go. With the idea of metal deposites, i doubt youll run into are rock that rich in ore.

    If you get a rock from the wild or if you want to be safe regaurdless im a big fan of boiling rocks. Some people report rocks exploding but ive never had a problem, specially if you start them in cold water.

    If you do a vinegar test at a shop id ask the owner first, shouldnt be a problem but you never know
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    Over here garden stores usually sell river pebbles in various sizes with the biggest ones as big as two fists. I like river pebbles, they've already been smoothed by water and look rather natural. Also about 10% of the price of wat the fish stores charge for them
    If you're really keen on black rocks coal has been suggested.

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