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Using Rocks You Find?

How do you test to see if rocks you find in your area have anything that may harm your tank? I have a couple places I want to visit around my city to see if I can find some rare looking stones, but I don't want to put anything in my tank that might hurt my fish or plants.

Is there a couple test to make sure rocks and stones are safe for aquarium?
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Here's a link with info on how to test rocks.

You should at least use the vinegar test. If you can get your hands on a little bit of muriatic acid then that's even better.


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Here's a link with info on how to test rocks.

You should at least use the vinegar test. If you can get your hands on a little bit of muriatic acid then that's even better.
Thanks!
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Muriatic acid is often sold for cleaning concrete and masonary if you have a hardware store nearby.
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Don't quote me, but I think bottle number one of your API nitrate test kit is hydrochloric acid. I use it for fizz tests on rocks and sand.
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