Originally Posted by Austin
I did not boil them but I heard slate was okay, so I got some, washed it, smoothed the edges of it (SO MUCH WORK) so it didn't cut the fish, and had them in my 44g for months and the fish were fine. :) Are you not sure about how they look, or the safety?
I plan to put a black background soon. :) Just have not gotten to it. I have 3 more slate pieces that I didn't use so maybe I can make them stacked differently to give the fish a hideout. Sounds like a cool idea.
I'd like some driftwood maybe but they all seem very expensive and hard to find a nice large piece. I don't think it would go well with the rocks. But would probably look better than the rocks... But I like the rocks for now. :)
Now sure what other plants I'd like. I'd like some red tiger lotus but they are expensive too. :(
I use slate too, and it's fine. You have no worried with that, if you cleaned it. I didn't do any of that work you did to smooth edges - I figure in nature, no one is smoothing edges. . .
I've had no problems with it. I have driftwood in one of my other tanks, but I had to boil, boil and boil more to keep tannins from being released and lots of wood gets this white cloudy stuff over it, that snails will take care of . . but something to think about. I found a piece of wood that had been in water already at PetSmart and that was nice because it didn't need boiling. Try to find wood that has already been in a tank and it will be more hassle free! Add more plants as you can, and it will come together nice.