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  1. Default Rocks for Cichlid Tank


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    Hey guys! New to the website. It seems like there are a lot of helpful friendly people on here. Sounds like my kind of place. I have a questions about the type of rocks I can put in my tank and where to buy. I like the river rock look. The more rounded rocks then the sharp looking jagged rocks. Dark colored. Where is the best place to get these? I went to one of the local fish stores and they wanted like $4.00/lb. Which I think is ridiculous for a rock. Can you get these at a rock yard? Thanks!

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    Thats pretty much the going rate for a lot of rock. I would say texas holy rock is the best but its not cheap and not what you want.

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=116930 - this is a new thread - maybe ask them where they got their rock?

    Also - you can collect wild rock however you risk pesticide, virus and bacteria if you dont cure it right. There are people here that can guide you through that once you get the rock.
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    I can never make myself pay the crazy prices for rocks at the fish store. If you want just river rock looking substrate, hit up home depot or lowes for a bag of river rock, a large bag maybe $5-10. For larger rocks, I go to local landscaping place and from walks around forest trails. You can test the rocks with vinegar, if it fizzes don't put it in the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korith View Post
    I can never make myself pay the crazy prices for rocks at the fish store. If you want just river rock looking substrate, hit up home depot or lowes for a bag of river rock, a large bag maybe $5-10. For larger rocks, I go to local landscaping place and from walks around forest trails. You can test the rocks with vinegar, if it fizzes don't put it in the tank.

    That is interesting. So just fill up a bucket with vinegar and drop the rock in? If it fizzes you can't put it in your tank? Good stuff. Thanks guys!

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    That would take a loot of vinegar. Just pour a splash on the rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrews View Post
    That would take a loot of vinegar. Just pour a splash on the rock
    Ok so I splashed some white distilled vinegar (hoping that is the right kind) on the rocks and nothing happened. Not ever doing this before I don't really know what to expect. Would it really fizz up? Kind of like putting peroxide on a cut? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greensparrow View Post
    Ok so I splashed some white distilled vinegar (hoping that is the right kind) on the rocks and nothing happened. Not ever doing this before I don't really know what to expect. Would it really fizz up? Kind of like putting peroxide on a cut? Thanks!
    Basically a few drops of vinegar on the rock, will tell you if there is carbonate around. Those types of rock will raise the pH and hardness of the water. The test isn't perfect but it is better than nothing.

    Most rocks are probably fine, when in doubt post up a picture and everyone can chime in on it's suitability.

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    Thanks for the help! When I am done picking my rocks I will post some photos.

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