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Rocks for tropical fish aquarium
I want to put in a couple of rocks into my tropical fish aquarium. My local nursery has some rocks like granite etc. I was wondering if I can use the rocks they sell for for fake ponds in my aquarium. Any pointers will be appreciated.
Many rocks are fine, some, like limestone will of course affect pH. I suspect that granite is not a problem, but am not sure. A good test is to put a bit of white vinegar on the rock, if the acid in the vinegar causes any fizzing on the rock, it's a no go for the aquarium.
The best rocks are rocks from streams, rivers, lakes and such after they have been sufficiently cleaned. These also tend to look the most natural inasmuch as the natural aquascape would attempt to emulate the Amazon (river, not dot com).
If your looking for small ones, I found the mexican river rocks sold at home depot work well, should be in a bag out in the garden section. My rams have spawned on them twice so far and once you get them wet they look pretty good.
Thanks ! I'll use th evinegar test on rocks. Will also go over to Home depot =0) I had visited Campbell Nursery over here. I like the idea of going to local stream beds...that'll be fun =0)
Granite, Slate, Gneiss and Schist are safe aquarium rocks. River stones (rounded) are also a good option and do have a add a nice look to tanks.
I stay away from shale and sandstone.
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