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Cleaning Rock before placing in the tank

I picked up a few nice pieces of rock at a creek. a few look like tumbled basalt, but the others were pieces of a softer rock of some sort that was shattered in jagged pieces and has cracks and uneven surface.

I scrubbed them with a tough brush and tossed in a bucket with some bleach to kill algae on the outside. what else should I do? Boil or bake them?

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I soak the rocks I pick up in a bucket scrub them with a brush to get the mud off and rinse them. Then I put them 1 at a time in a container and test the GH/KH/PH to make sure that particular rock isn't going to alter the water parameters of my tank, after 24/48 hours of that if they don't alter the parameters I'll use them in a tank.


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I usually spray them down with a hose and brush them off if I feel like it. You've done more cleaning than I usually do. But my rocks weren't pond rocks, so testing the rocks to see if they are going to alter tank parameters may be worth it for you.


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Bleach will be perfectly adequate for cleaning them, just make sure to do a thorough rinse and use dechlorinator in the rinse water to avoid nuking your bacterial population in the tank. If you're curious if they're limestone based rocks that may effect your PH and KH, you can submerge them in vinegar or muriatic acid (be careful!) and see if they bubble. If they do, that indicates they're composed of calcium carbonate and will likely raise the PH and KH of your water over time.


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thanks everyone, i'll do vinegar then parameter tests.
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