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post #1 of 7 Old 04-12-2010, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
Rock problem?

Found some nice rocks the other day in a river bed but they appear to have some sort of orangey iron deposit on thier surface. I say that its on the surface rather then part of the rock because it comes off if i put tons of effort into cleaning them, tho its impossible to get it all off. My question is - are these iron deposits likely to be danegrous when i introduce fish? how sensitive are fish to iron? should i look for some other rocks? the tank will eventually be heavily planted
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-12-2010, 08:49 PM
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I would say, if it is still coming off the rock even after a good cleaning, it cannot be really good on the fishes.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-13-2010, 12:54 AM
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The orange is probably iron oxide, which means that even as you clean it off there's probably more iron in the rock that will cause problems. I wouldn't use it.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-13-2010, 01:20 AM
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agreed with iamntbatman. What are you wanting for fish???

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-13-2010, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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agreed with iamntbatman. What are you wanting for fish???
probably some cardinal tetras, panda corys, brislenose plec, shrimp (which i know are mega sensitive to copper)
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-14-2010, 04:28 AM
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I'm no chemist but I suspect that since inverts are so sensitive to copper, they're probably similar to other metals with similar properties, likely including iron. I think that's all the more reason not to use these particular rocks.

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-17-2010, 05:07 PM
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An easy test for iron deposits can be done. Chlorine reacts quickly with any metals like iron. It will rust tools overnite if they are stored in the same area. . Soaking a rock with iron deposits overnite in bleach and water will cause a rust stain which is easy to spot. Once you spot any rusty patches you know there is iron in the rock so ditch those as potential trouble.
Hope this helps.
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