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Stones and Rocks - Safety issues?

This is a discussion on Stones and Rocks - Safety issues? within the Freshwater Chat forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; I found some rounded stones in my neighbor's flower bed/garden and was wondering it is safe to put in the ...

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    I found some rounded stones in my neighbor's flower bed/garden and was wondering it is safe to put in the aquarium?
    They look very similar to these...


    I don't know what the stones are, but I have boiled them (30 mins) and tried the vinegar test.

    Anything else I should do to determine they aren't going to kill my fish?

    Thanks.
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    your good to go !! no worries

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUICE View Post
    your good to go !! no worries
    agreed....

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    the only thing you have to be worried about in rocks is if it has a clay base and can decompose in the water, if it crumbles to dust, or if it has non- metomorphic red in it. It it has red in it it has high iron levels and it will screw things up

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    only thing i would worry about is your neighbor getting pissed at you for stealing his rocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWW View Post
    the only thing you have to be worried about in rocks is if it has a clay base and can decompose in the water, if it crumbles to dust, or if it has non- metomorphic red in it. It it has red in it it has high iron levels and it will screw things up
    I don't think this will happen, but I will look out for that for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy_NDN604 View Post
    only thing i would worry about is your neighbor getting pissed at you for stealing his rocks
    Technically they were scattered on my side of the yard, but I'm sure she won't notice 5 missing. Maybe I'll replace them with some other rocks I find but yeah I know what you mean.

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    Return some pink or bright red rocks, so it's mroe noticeable to your neighbor =)

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    those look fine.

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    So I set up my fishless tank yesterday and added the (boiled) rocks too.

    This morning I woke up with a CLOUDY aquarium. Was this caused by the rocks?

    Aside from the rocks I just have regular gravel (rinsed), live plants and a coconut cave in there. The water isn't brown/yellow and the cave was boiled so I don't think that is the culprit.

    I left the filter off overnight.
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    Are you doing a fishless cycle with ammonia? Those stones are rounded from years and years (probably centuries) of being in a river and anything this can be leached is long gone in them. 100% sure they are safe, especially since you boiled them (in case they carried any live organisms).
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