Other than time is vinegar different than muriatic acid for rocks?
I have a couple weeks before my 50g and stand arrives so I am soaking wood and preparing some Seiryu rock for aquascape. There are a lot of images of acid washed Seiryu rock that are attractive. The acid appears to darken the stone and increase the contrast with the white veins, my guess is by dissolving outer layers of calcium minerals that coat the stone and make it "hazy".
I'm experimenting with distilled white vinegar (5%), which appears to be working, lots of fizz (hopefully stones don't mess water parameters but I have hard alkaline water already). I know I can pick up muriatic acid at the local hardware or Amazon but I'd rather not deal with toxic chems and the mess if relatively safe vinegar can do the job.
Other than a faster process, is there any difference in the muriatic acid over vinegar, such as different/darker color results?
Given that the Seiryu I have is probably a limestone, if left in acid indefinitely, does it eventually dissolve completely away? If so, it seems the trade off of the acid wash is that it will weaken the stone. It certainly does not "seal" it from further mineral leech, in fact may make that worse.