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Idaho lava rock in an aquarium?
Is black lava rock from Idaho safe for use in an aquarium esp with freshwater shrimp?
I am from Pocatello and I have used local lava rock in both my 29 gal and 10 gal tanks. About 8 week ago I got some RCS for my 10 gal and they are just fine, In fact 2 are carrying eggs now and one has gave birth to about 35 babies. I have also had a group of 6 Amano Shrimp for over a year, it was 9 but I know my cat is responsible for 2 deaths. All my fish do fine. Some of my plants do great, some dont, but I think thats my fault not the lava rock. So I think that our Idaho lava rock is fine.
Using Lava Rock
Originally Posted by Aplomado View Post
I test the rocks I put into my tanks with organic apple cider vinegar. You can get it at most chain grocery stores. Just put a few drops on the piece and if there's no reaction, then you can rinse it well and it's tank ready.
If there's a reaction, then it shouldn't go into the tank.
"Fear not my child, just change the tank water."