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Question Rock Cleaning

So would boiling Lava Rock make it clean enough for my tank?

i boiled it on medium for like an hour, would this kill all parasites.

How would i get rid of the dirt without having to scrub them?
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Boiling for an hour would kill virtually every living organism on the rocks. Virtually, only because there are some bacteria that can survive boiling temperatures. None that we are concerned with though.

You can pressure wash to get rid of dirt, or use a strong brush and lots of muscle power.

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so the other bacteria is safe? it was even in the snow all winter....

Ill give that a try!

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Boiling for an hour would kill virtually every living organism on the rocks. Virtually, only because there are some bacteria that can survive boiling temperatures. None that we are concerned with though.

You can pressure wash to get rid of dirt, or use a strong brush and lots of muscle power.
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I put them in boiling water for 5-10 min and just let them sit in there till the water cools down enough to put my hand in. Never had a problem with doing this. As Hoppy said, use a pressure washer and stuff brush to get all the loose junk off.
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Even if i dont get every peice of dirt off, all the harmful stuff is gone i guess haha
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Keep in mind your tank is already FULL of bacteria and more is being added by the air, your hands, and the water you fill it with. A few extremophiles will not be a problem.

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true true, well thanks everyone!

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Keep in mind your tank is already FULL of bacteria and more is being added by the air, your hands, and the water you fill it with. A few extremophiles will not be a problem.
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