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post #1 of 8 Old 06-17-2012, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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iron rocks and plants.

So recently i have found these red rocks. There a deep red color. I figured they were rich in iron.. So i want to try them in my aquarium but i wanted you guys opinion first.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-17-2012, 06:10 PM
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So recently i have found these red rocks. There a deep red color. I figured they were rich in iron.. So i want to try them in my aquarium but i wanted you guys opinion first.
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I believe an iron rock would be a huge mistake. Metal of any kind is bad, except maybe stainless. But im new, so wait for a second opinion. They might be a meteorite.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-17-2012, 07:14 PM
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Like red lava rocks or rocks you just found outside and happen to be red? I try to avoid rocks that are too unusual because you never know whats hiding in that little patch of w/e color

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-17-2012, 08:07 PM
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This is a possible danger, unless you can somehow determine geologically what the rock is. I agree with the other members not to use these.

Iron is a toxic heavy metal that will kill bacteria, plants and fiish in excess, and as a plant nutrient it is just one of several micro-nutrients. There is more than sufficient in most good fertilizers, and there might be some in your tap water for that matter.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-17-2012, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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i believe they are some sort of iron rich clay or something. As they were found near a fairly large deposit of clay. Even tho they look like big rocks. Also i have rocks in the aquarium now that i found months ago. I just realized they have streaks of iron in them to.
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i believe they are some sort of iron rich clay or something. As they were found near a fairly large deposit of clay. Even tho they look like big rocks. Also i have rocks in the aquarium now that i found months ago. I just realized they have streaks of iron in them to.
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You should get them out. Iron lives to rust and will impose itself on anything in contact with it. But they sound like very interesting rocks. I would love to see a pic or two.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-18-2012, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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they dont seem to be harming anything. They have been in the aquarium since like september. They havent caused any harm yet but if they do i will take them out immedietly. And i havent figured out the pic thing. But when i do i will post them.
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To post photos, click the "Manage Attachments" button in the area below the blue line reading "Additional Options." Then in the pop-up window click "Browse" and find the photo on your PC. Click "Upload" and if it is a jpg file it will upload.

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