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Old 03-01-2004, 08:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Well, I tested it with vinegar in several spots and ONE spot fizzed. So I guess it is not aquarium friendly. I'll have to find another rock I guess.
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That was a great link cS, T'anks for posting that.

"When you test it with vinegar and it fizzes, does it fizz like crazy or to you have to stare at it forever to see if it fizzes a few bubbles at a time?"

I've had one rock fizz on me using vineger, it didn't fizz all that much but it was enough that I didn't want to risk it in the tank.

As for testing in a stocked tank. As far as I'm aware (feel free to correct me where I'm wrong ) rock, and wood aren't likely to outright kill your fish the moment you put it in. Rather they will alter the water quality enough to cause some stress. Some exceptions to this might be any fungus or bacteria that might come in on untreated decor, or a sharp rock that could cut.

If rock or driftwood were to alter kh and/or ph it isn't likely to happen the day you put it in, it may take 2-3 or even longer depending on size of tank size of addition ect.

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Well, I tested it with vinegar in several spots and ONE spot fizzed. So I guess it is not aquarium friendly. I'll have to find another rock I guess.
It's not the end of the world. If you have some sort of star-crossed attachment to the rock , then simply soak it in a Muriatic acid solution (1 part acid to 1 part water) until the fizzing stops. Then, it would be fine for aquarium use.

Muriatic acid can be found in any hardware/home improvement stores (in the paint department) very cheaply.
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I scratched the rock and then checked it, would that make a difference in the soaking in acid results?
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JHudson,

I am unsure as to what you are asking, but the soak I mentioned is meant to dissolve away those parts of the rock (carbonate-based portions) that would alter the tank's water chemistry. When you scratch the rock, you are increasing the surface area for the acid to react so that you would be better able to see the "fizzing" action, if any. When you do observe the fizzing, then the rock will alter the KH (and other parameters depending on the composition of the rock); and thus, should be discarded. However, if you are VERY attached to the rock, then a soak in a strong acid solution (like Muriatic acid, which is HCl) would hopefully remove the "bad" portion of the rock. I suggested that you should dilute the muriatic acid with water because the MA that the store sells has very pungent and dangerous fumes that aren't very good for you if inhaled.

Please let me know if I am misunderstanding your question.
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Yes, you understood my question. Thanks for the clarification.
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