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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Can I use bonsai red lava rock?

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Can I use 3/8" bonsai red lava rock/gravel for my shrimp/low tech plant tank? thank you for any advice.
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What kind of shrimp? Neos?
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currently neos(rcs & fire reds) but eventually wanting keep cardinals sulawasi or CRS.
didnt know it depend on which shrimp kept... good thing I asked ^^
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Doesnt matter what kind of shrimp, lava rock is fine
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mordalphus - thank you. thought it mattered since first person asked what kind of shrimps... guess he just wanted to know.. my bad.. still learning ^^

thelub - that's nice rock!! but mine is more like replacement for gravel.
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Where do you find smaller pieces like that? Home depot or Lowes? I want to use it as the base for one of my tanks I'm setting up. And yes people use them all the time just give them a good rinse.
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Where do you find smaller pieces like that? Home depot or Lowes? I want to use it as the base for one of my tanks I'm setting up. And yes people use them all the time just give them a good rinse.
I just bought bag of black lava rock like that at Home Depot. 0.5 cubic feet for $3.88. Covers a standard ten gallon to 3 inches deep.


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Careful with black lava rock, sometimes it's slag from coal metal furnaces and is full of heavy metals.

If I were to use lava rock I'd go with the red stuff or have some way of knowing for sure it's not slag.
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I bought a bag of the red lava rocks for my project for my shrimp tank upgrade....
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I bought a bag of garden accent lava rock for filter media. I had so much left over I decided to use it for hard scape accents. It turned out much better than I thought it would. I've never seen the tiny stuff.
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I bought a bag of garden accent lava rock for filter media. I had so much left over I decided to use it for hard scape accents. It turned out much better than I thought it would. I've never seen the tiny stuff.
Sounds nice, you have pic? I am currently seeding some Lava rocks for fiance's new 40B so once he gets his tank ready he will skip the major pains of cycling...
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Where do you find smaller pieces like that? Home depot or Lowes? I want to use it as the base for one of my tanks I'm setting up. And yes people use them all the time just give them a good rinse.

I've sometimes seen it for sale in the smaller bags near the indoor plant stuff, I think it's intended to be used on top of potting soil for decoration. I've also seen it in a landscaping supply place, if you need much more then a quart or so, it should be a lot cheaper there (but you might have to buy it by the cubic yard or something).
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Sounds nice, you have pic? I am currently seeding some Lava rocks for fiance's new 40B so once he gets his tank ready he will skip the major pains of cycling...
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Where do you find smaller pieces like that? Home depot or Lowes? I want to use it as the base for one of my tanks I'm setting up. And yes people use them all the time just give them a good rinse.
found a person selling locally. guess its left over from his project or something... but I'm assuming they can be found in plant section since this guy is selling it as rocks for bonsai.
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