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DO NOT BOIL ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 01-08-2012, 10:20 PM   #101
 
Just back into fish keeping after a 30 year sabbatical, I was working. Retired now, I saved nothing equipment wise, from decades ago, except this cool piece of drift wood. I lugged this wood with me for 30 years, in one box or another.
So I get this new aquarium, 20 gal. I want this wood in there, it deserves to be in there. So I boil it, LOL , thinking it had something in it after all these decades. I drop it in the tank at start up, nothing else except gravel in the tank. It turns the water red, and I mean red. I guess it was cedar, or red wood, and the boil screwed it up something fierce. Had to drain the tank, wash the gravel, and start again. My wood, I want it in there. I'm sitting it in a bucket out side, and the water is red there now. I'll keep changing the bucket water, but I'm wondering if its all over for this wood, and the dumb boil thinking drew something out of the wood.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:22 PM   #102
 
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:52 PM   #103
 
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You can bleach them instead.. just make sure you clean them good afterwards and soak them in water with a strong dechlorinator..
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:45 AM   #104
 
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I learned my lesson over 15 years ago ,
boiling rocks in my garage on camp stove ,
they exploded made shrapnel out of my aluminum pot and all the rock projectiles caused almost $3000. to my truck
sure glade I was in back yard at time washing out my tank
they were only boiling about 5 minutes
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:13 PM   #105
 
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Thanks for the head's up!

Never will I stay in the room when I will boil rocks LOL!

Never thought they were tiny bombs. Any how's very useful TS.!
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:33 PM   #106
 
Rock Boiling

Thank you everyone for the information. It never occurred to me that the rocks could explode. I have a 75 gallon fish tank with three turtles in it. I have awesome Fluval filters so as long as I change out the filter sponges I only have to clean the tank 2-3 times a year. Over the past six months I have cleaned the tank four times because within weeks the tank water turns a slimy green color. Each time I have soaked the rocks in baking soda to kill the organisms on the rocks but it hasn't worked I have decided to boil the rocks despite what you have posted. However I am glad for the information you shared. Instead of boiling them in the kitchen I am going to use an outdoor propane powered camping grill. I'll let you know how it works out!
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:21 AM   #107
 
''Rock Boiling
Thank you everyone for the information. It never occurred to me that the rocks could explode. I have a 75 gallon fish tank with three turtles in it. I have awesome Fluval filters so as long as I change out the filter sponges I only have to clean the tank 2-3 times a year. Over the past six months I have cleaned the tank four times because within weeks the tank water turns a slimy green color. Each time I have soaked the rocks in baking soda to kill the organisms on the rocks but it hasn't worked I have decided to boil the rocks despite what you have posted. However I am glad for the information you shared. Instead of boiling them in the kitchen I am going to use an outdoor propane powered camping grill. I'll let you know how it works out!''

OK, first you dont need to boil a rock that has already been in your aquarium for a long time, and second the green in your water is an algae bloom, probably due to high nitrate/phosphate in your water mixed with an extended lighting time or sunlight exposure
baking/boiling your rocks will not solve this problem! I suggest you open a new thread with this as more experienced people in the matter will be able to see and respond to your post!

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #108
 
Thanks for the info
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:59 AM   #109
 
55 Gallong Aquarium Set Up Pics

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/members/44161/album/

So i cleaned out my 55 Gal tank, painted the back Black, laid out the rockwork, connected a Fluval 406 Canister filter (bck right corner) and have a Topfin 60 HOB filter on the back left.

used Pool Filter Sand and Aragnite for substrate, about 2" deep. Noticed I laide the rock work first so if the Cichlids I get decide to dig, the rockwork is all ready lying on the bottom glass.

Light is a 48 T5 HO light with one bulb 10,000K and the other Actinic.

Just filled the tank up last night, and begining the cycling process tomorrow with ammonia and the bacteria in a bottle. for fishless cycle will probably add plants after two weeks, letting the bacterial grow some first and then add 5-7 juvenile fish.....

More pics to come later.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #110
 
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A lot of households have pressure washers, we import some rocks/gravel from Malawi, all we do is stick them in a large bucket and pressure wash for about 10 mins, never had a problem with this.









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