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Are these rocks aquarium safe? Anyone know?

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Are these rocks aquarium safe? Anyone know?
Old 05-11-2010, 12:17 AM   #21
 
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Not every rock is quarried, bought and sold for the purpose of being a paved into a yard. Point is, of it is sought out for a purpose such as that it may be treated to withstand elements and the specific environmental exposures, so as to make a better product. You know the old saying, "Don't put that in your mouth, you don't know where its been." Same concept. This isn't something you found in nature.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean. It was for the purpose of walls/flooring in somebody's yard. Does that make a difference good or bad?
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:40 AM   #22
 
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I'm not sure I understand what you mean. It was for the purpose of walls/flooring in somebody's yard. Does that make a difference good or bad?
How old are you and is that a picture of britney spears? Nevermind.

Walls and stepping stones = might be treated with unknown chemicals (on purpose by humans) to keep the stones pretty ---> Go slow, wash thoroughly, start small, and go slow (if you insist on it)

In nature = animals might have peed on it, wash thoroughly, soak for a few days, try on "expendable" fish.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:42 AM   #23
 
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How old are you and is that a picture of britney spears? Nevermind.

Walls and stepping stones = might be treated with unknown chemicals (on purpose by humans) to keep the stones pretty ---> Go slow, wash thoroughly, start small, and go slow (if you insist on it)

In nature = animals might have peed on it, wash thoroughly, soak for a few days, try on "expendable" fish.
17 and yes it is. Though that's irrelevant...

Anyways, I understand. I'll soak them for a while and wash them well... and hope for the best.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:51 AM   #24
 
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Austin, if it does contain iron (which would cause the iron oxide buildup on the surface) you could try breaking a piece off, getting it wet and then letting it air dry. You might have to repeat the process, but if the rock has a significant iron content you should get an iron oxide scale on the broken surface pretty quickly I'd think.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:07 AM   #25
 
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Thanks. =) I'll try that on top of the other things I'm going to try and I'll let you know what happens.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:52 AM   #26
 
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Looks like slate to me. I went to a rock place KRC in Poway off Old Knolls Rd. In Southern California to look for rocks for my aquariums. I asked first and I found some nice black slate that looks sort of like yours minus the rust color and my fish are all ok. I just wanted small broken peices. I got a whole bag and they did'nt even charge me. They told me that they could not sell broken peices. Just go to a rock shop and get your rocks or slate instead of a aquarium shop that charges alot. If your worried about the rocks you got you can alway put a small peice in a extra tank with some cheap feeder fish and see it the fish survives or if you have excess baby fry from guppies have them in the tank with the rock. If they are ok after a week I would guess they are alright.

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Old 05-11-2010, 04:21 PM   #27
 
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I found some solid blue/black slate today at the rock store would that be better? :/
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:30 PM   #28
 
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Here is the new slate. It broke up really easily. :/ Like, literally crumbled. I heard you're supposed to smooth the edges for fish but idk if thats possible if I use this new slate. It literally just crumbles. >_< Maybe I should look for a different piece.... or is this not slate maybe? Shale?





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Before picture to see if it rusts... look at the top right... that rock really does look rusty is that really just color?


Edit: after looking it up im pretty sure it's shale... darn... gonna have to go back probably.

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Old 05-11-2010, 05:50 PM   #29
 
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You picked up the same slate that I got. It was bluish black and it is safe to use in a aquarium. I used a hammer to break it up so that I could stack them in my small tank. Were you able to get the broken peices for free?
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:46 PM   #30
 
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Does it work ok even if it has sharp edges? :S I figured it'd eventually probably get a little slimy coat... and the fish would avoid it, but idk. Also they gave me a rather large rock for free. :D We broke it up later. Was yours as crumbly as this? Im pretty sure this is shale. :/
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