From the article: Can I Use Outdoor Gravel in My Aquarium?
Did you ever see a rock by the side of the road that you wanted to put in your aquarium? Perhaps you even stopped and took a look, then decided you didn't want to risk it. Some outdoor rocks and gravel are safe for aquarium use, while others are not. Have you used rocks from the great outdoors? Share your story with the us. Are they safe?
Moss rock is safe for aquarium
- Hi, Some one can tell me the moss rock is safe for my fresh water tank
- —Guest Sean
- Can I wash off rocks from my river and put them in my freshwater tank?
- —Guest Austin
Outside rocks in our fish tanks?
- Yes you definitely can use them. Before you wash your rocks, put some vinegar on them. If they bubble, DON'T use them. Otherwise, after they are washed boil them 5-10 minutes let cool and create your wonderful wall of rocks. COOL HA...
- —Guest Shells
- i let my outdoor rocks sit in the bucket of hot water for four days if you want to use sea salt rock heres how: 1.find good rocks/shells make sure of no sharp or dangous edges 2.rinse in HOT water by hand for 30 mins 3.put in a cup of HOT water whatch the debree dust and slat go out 4.change the water by swishing it and emtying it a few times 5.leave for 5 days then rinse and put in your tank
- —Guest fish chick
Clean rock from outside?
- Could i just get a clean looking rock from outside and boil it or rinse it and then put it in my freshwater tank with goldfish??
- —Guest Jake
Not rocks but shells
- My kid every year picks up new shells when we visit the beech as she likes to put them in our tank. I basically rinse them off thouroughly with only water and then take a container full of water out of my tank and sit the shells in the container, sealing the lid for two weeks before replaceing the old shells with them. Really interested in introducing rocks to my tank, be it LR or not. But don't know how it would affect my tank. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
- —Guest Geomac
- can you use rocks from outside for your tanks. yes or no. thank you
- —Guest tim
Will outdoor rocks kill your fish
- As long as you just don't use any salt rock or rocks from the ocean you should be fine. I have never had a single problem with my fish. If you do use ocean rocks I recommend you getting them inspected by any petstore such as petco or petsmart. But I can't promise anything
- —Guest Mark
lake rocks and shells
- umm i went to a lake recently and found some cool rock and clam shells im afraid to put it in my fresh water tank it only 5 gallons but im looking to see if i should put them inn or not cause there covered in moss and mud does any one have a suggestion
- —Guest deasia
lake water rocks
- okay so i pulled rocks from the lake with sea weed and moss all over them, and i use them in my aquarium. they give the aquarium a cool look and my fish love them. they eat the moss and algae however so i keep a few extra mossy and sea weed rocks in clear containers in a window so thw continue to grow so i donr have to frequently go to the lake. it wasnt until yesterday i found that there are actually living small microscopic snails, fish, and even sucker fishes sort of like ploclastimus'. so im gonna let them grow with the rock plants and realease all of it in the tank. however, yes rocks from the lake with lots of life and plants on them work amazingly!
- —Guest wannabe marine biologist
- I found some in lake huron that I would like to use in my Christmas Fulu tank. They are covered in very thence mud and are stained black in some parts from it. Any ideas on how to clean them best?? I would really like to use them
- —Guest Sean
- Is it safe to use petrfied rock? I've dug up a bunch of smaller pieces and would like to use them in my fresh water tank.
- —Guest treyc
- I have been using outside rock. All I did was rinse them in the tub to get the mud off, then soak them with bleach and water, and then soak them again with just water. Never had an issue, so I think it is okay!
- —Guest hannah
- Hi all I was just wondering if I could use a few of the rocks and stones I have saved from the garden. I have read all the responses on here and will try vinegar test but would it also be a good idea to boil the said items as well to kill off anything that I don’t want in the tank
- —Guest alan
Outside rocks and Clay Pots
- Thanks for the info on the rocks, now what about the red clay pots you can buy anywere would they be ok to put in a fresh water tank? Should I test with the Vinegar? Thanks
- —Guest ILikeFishies!!
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