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post #1 of 6 Old 08-16-2009, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Shale or no Shale

I gathered some shale from the canyon today and was planning on putting it in my new tank. I keep finding conflicting info on whether or not I am safe to use it. Some of it has what looks to be foliated streaks of marble while some pieces do not. It also fizzes when placed in muriatic acid.

Anyone have some guidance?
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-16-2009, 11:21 PM
I think shale and marble are safe. Test it with vinegar, if it fizzes don't use it.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-16-2009, 11:23 PM
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I think shale and marble are safe. Test it with vinegar, if it fizzes don't use it.

you can put anything in ur tank as long as vinegar doent fizz when you put it in or it will effect ur ph and through ur tank off balance.

to answer your question: No.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-17-2009, 04:57 PM
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Just about anything fizzes in hydrochloric (muriatic) acid. You need to use vinegar, aka acetic acid.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-17-2009, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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The fizzing with vinegar is very light and almost unnoticeable unless you look close and hold it to your ear. But it is there.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-17-2009, 08:41 PM
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then the answer is simple: dont use it.
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