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Old 04-24-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone here had any info on whether AZ red rock is ok to use in a planted tank with co2? I've been searching like crazy and can't seem to find much when it comes to red rock and water parameters. I just know that some stones, especially in a co2 enriched tank will break down and overharden the water and do other things.

And if it is inert...anyone want to ship me a box of rocks?
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:40 PM   #2
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well if I was in sedona I could pour some vinegar on it:P

I'm pretty sure sandstone is inert, but it all depends on the sand in it.
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Or even from Camelback over in PV...lol, but if you're trucking up and down Camelback with a 5-15lb rock in your pack you are a special brand of nutty superhero...
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haha definitely, I say just go with flourite if you want redish substrate

Are you looking to get some plants? cause I want to get rid of some, it'll be cheap
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haha definitely, I say just go with flourite if you want redish substrate

Are you looking to get some plants? cause I want to get rid of some, it'll be cheap
No, I've got the substrate, I'm looking for big ol' ROCKS now I have tan aquarium gravel, that I plan to mix the bag of red flourite in with and am throwing in some manzanita too and realized that all of the stone they have in Maine is slate grey or some similar shade.


I do like plants, what are you looking to get rid of? ANNd... would you be willing to go down to papago park, south mountain, or your backyard and grab me a couple/few decent sized red rocks and ship them to me? on my dime of course (You'd be surprised what you can fit into one of those large flat rate boxes lol)
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I live in gilbert, so papago park is pretty far away:P Give me a rough shape in rocks to look for because I might go rock hunting this weekend I'll have to go get a bottle of vinegar though for inert testing.
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It depends. Arizona has A LOT of red stone I've took a few hundred pounds of slightly banded red agate from Fourth of July Butte. Pretty inert. Some things are sandstone, some things are not. Like Ben said, do the vinegar or muriatic acid test.
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It depends. Arizona has A LOT of red stone I've took a few hundred pounds of slightly banded red agate from Fourth of July Butte. Pretty inert. Some things are sandstone, some things are not. Like Ben said, do the vinegar or muriatic acid test.
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