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Slate?

Is slate ok in a planted aquarium?
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Is slate ok in a planted aquarium?
from my experience it is fine, just wash it off well it is really dirty at first. I just finished tying about 2sq feet of moss to slate pieces so it has to be safe!

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danka! i will see if i can find some locally!
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flat slate is my favorite aquarium rock.
i like to stand it up so it provides contrast
behind plants, and hiding for fish without
taking space and light away from the plants.
you can lay 2 or 3 flat slate pieces flat
to make a great ledged hiding place.
some algae will grow on slate, but don't
bleach it, just rub it off with a dish pad.
here it comes in light Grey, blue Grey
purple and a marbleized layer color.
be sure to ask the reseller what day
he gets his rocks delivered and try
to show up then for the best picks.



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You can get 16x16 slate tiles at Home Depot, I have looked for broken ones and been able to get them for only a buck!
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might raise your hardness though huh? just wondering.

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slate is denser and lacks the calcium carbonate deposits of limestone,
so no, it will not make your water noticeably harder, which is why it
was used in old fish tank bottoms instead of glass. it's possible the
stripped or marble colored slate has some CaCO3 in it, but I'm sure
the uniform color gray, blue, purple, red, slates won't raise your pH.


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I have 70lbs of it in my 55G and all is well. I absolutely love it too. All the LFSs around here sell rocks for $3/lb, I finally got to the home landscaping place while it was still open and OMG I got blue slate for $0.15/lb so 70lbs ended up costing me only $10.50. Definitely hit up your local landscaping place.

FYI, they also have pond related stuff super cheap as compared to LFSs


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