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post #71 of 115 Old 01-11-2011, 02:17 PM
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i always put my rocks in the oven at like 350 degrees for like 10 or 15 minutes. it gets them hot enough to kill anything on or in them without possible exploding :)
I think that has the same effect as boiling them since you are heating the core of the rock where there may be trapped gasses or liquids, if they went off it would just be safer than if it went off in a pot but your oven would still be badly damaged.
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post #72 of 115 Old 01-12-2011, 11:33 PM
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Put them in the dishwasher on high heat the cycle gets hot enough to kill anything still on them.
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post #73 of 115 Old 01-13-2011, 02:54 AM
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I normally prepare my rocks for an aquarium by submerging them in hot water with a saltwater solution.
I have heard of rocks of exploding, Pretty nasty stuff.
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post #74 of 115 Old 01-13-2011, 10:19 AM
Rocks soak up water though, using a salt solution may make the rock unusable for freshwater aquaria.
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post #75 of 115 Old 02-17-2011, 11:39 AM
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declorinating tap water for snails?

sorry posted my post in wrong place!
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post #76 of 115 Old 02-19-2011, 03:59 PM
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Thank you for letting us all know about boiling rocks.

I normaly boil all the rocks in my tanks so i will not do it anymore.
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post #77 of 115 Old 03-28-2011, 01:42 PM
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Seems to me boiling rocks is very different then rocks in an open fire (as has been confused by some)... But regardless, I'd say just put your rocks and artificial plants (plants in top rack) too if desired in the otherwise empty dishwasher set to high temperature with a cup or two of white vinegar and clean them this way! Note: set to air dry so as not to damage plastic plants if any fall below :)
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post #78 of 115 Old 03-28-2011, 02:28 PM
I'm pretty sure that to use the dishwater, you would first have to run a couple of empty cycles to get the dishwashing powder/detergent residue out, then put in your decor, wash, dry and risk having your plastic plants melt, and rocks getting your dishwater all gunked up if there was a crack with dirt or whatnot in it.. <--seems like a lot of work and risk as compared to just boiling water and pouring it on the rocks...
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post #79 of 115 Old 03-28-2011, 02:40 PM
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I'm pretty sure that to use the dishwater, you would first have to run a couple of empty cycles to get the dishwashing powder/detergent residue out, then put in your decor, wash, dry and risk having your plastic plants melt, and rocks getting your dishwater all gunked up if there was a crack with dirt or whatnot in it.. <--seems like a lot of work and risk as compared to just boiling water and pouring it on the rocks...
No worries - The dishwasher does a couple of rinse cycles before it finishes...so you don't have soap residue on your clean dishes, so there is no real residual to cause concern. I've worked in a plastics extrusion plant for over 35 years.... water, even boiling is 212 deg F at sea level. Plastics used in aquarium plants melt at or above 400 deg f. They aren't going to melt in the hot water of the dishwasher.
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post #80 of 115 Old 03-28-2011, 03:01 PM
interesting, might give that a try then next time i need to clean new rocks.
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