03-18-2008, 09:35 PM
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Hi, I purchased a few rocks from Big Al's in broward county Fl, a red roundish one, a maroon slate looking rock and another rock that had like a marble look to it, it was almost white with a marble pattern, it looked great. Luckily I haven't put any fish in my 35g because the next thing that happenned would have been a disaster! Within 5 hours, the rock literally fell apart. I had it leaning against the glass and it still had the nice marble look from the outside but when I looked in between the glass and the rock I saw about 3 or 4 chunks of the rock that fell off the rock (at least 1 - 2 inches) sitting on my gravel! There was a pile of smaller chunks and plenty of dust around it. This water was crystal clear earlier today! I was planning on running some water tests to make sure these rocks weren't spiking any numbers. I immediatly removed the rock and grabbed as much of the debris as I can. I plan on removing the crushed coral Iim currently using and replacing with a layer of flourite and sand on top of the flourite (for the live plants). I should return the rock back to Big Al's with a fudge surprise in the bag for selling that garbage.