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Rock experts please help

This rock was in my backyard. I want to make it a java moss rock. Is it safe?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 03:10 PM
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Probably. The worst thing most rocks do is raise KH and that isn't an issue if you change water regularly. Bad rocks are ones containing mercury, lead and that sort of thing and this rock isn't from a mine as it is well weathered. If you don't want any calcium carbonate in your tank then drop nitrate test solution #1 on it to see if it bubbles. Make sure the rock is clean so it isn't reacting to loose stuff on the rock! The best aquascaping rocks that make the most outstanding scapes leach CaCO3, not an issue for most tanks.


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Put the rock in a bucket with just enough water to cover it.
Test GH, KH, pH, TDS when you start.
Test at 24 hours, 48 hours, then several days later.

If the parameters go up just a little bit or not at all, then it is OK in any set up.
If the parameters go up a lot then it may be OK in a hard water tank, but not good for a soft water tank.

If the rock falls apart, chunks fall off, then it will probably keep doing that in the tank, not a good rock to use.
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Thanks for the help! I think that is a very thorough procedure. I am not concerned about the calcium dissolving in the water, so it looks like it is good to go in.

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