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Re: I'm coming back!

Postby Deeda » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:16 am

Stone type is really a personal preference so which do you like better?

I don't care for flat stones so my choice would be the rocks in photo 2 but at least twice as many and stacked taller.
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Re: I'm coming back!

Postby fishboy75 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:26 pm

I agree, go with what you like. But I like #2 better and yes double the amount of rocks. Tank looks very nice either way.
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Postby gillmanjr » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:06 pm

OK I think I'm going with #2 for now, I went and gathered some more from the spot I get them at, which is on the side of an on ramp to a highway near me, its a huge cliff that is covered in those, its used for drainage.:D Should have about double the amount now. I'm making some changes to the plumbing on Friday so I'm going to remove the rock and rearrange after.
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Re: I'm coming back!

Postby Deeda » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:02 am

Aren't you worried that the rocks may have been contaminated by either pesticides or road runoff contaminants? I don't recommend getting rocks this way for a number of reasons.
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Re: I'm coming back!

Postby shiftyfox » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:21 pm

It’s always a worry that rocks collected outside could be contaminated in some way.
Most of my rocks were collected from the beach, I put them in the dishwasher with a little white vinegar.
After soaked in tap water with a splash of prime over night, all good.

I know people mention using bleach to clean them, but not a fan of using that for anything aquarium related.
Washing and oven baking is another option.
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Re: I'm coming back!

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:59 pm

Yes roadside rocks are risky for a variety of reasons. Pretty though.
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Re: I'm coming back!

Postby gillmanjr » Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:07 pm

I soak all the rocks in bleach and Simple Green for at least an hour, then I scrub them with a brush, THOROUGHLY rinse them, and then I actually let them soak again in fresh, clean water. I've been doing this with all of the rocks I've collected, no matter where I get them. I've never had a problem. These types of rocks aren't porous, so cleaning them is actually fairly easy. If they were porous I wouldn't use them because then contaminants can actually soak into the rock. Thats when it becomes a problem.
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Re: I'm coming back!

Postby gillmanjr » Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:28 am

Tank setup is now complete, including custom PVC plumbing, new light, and a bunch more rocks. I tried something a little different with the rock arrangement this time...

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