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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-18-2008, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Went hardscape collecting...

So i've decided I want to add a bit more hardscape to my tanks I think, maybe a little cave or something. I went collecting today and I just wanted to make sure I have this right:

I want soak the wood to get it to sink and leach any tannins that might be in there correct?

And I want to put some vinegar on the rocks to make sure they don't fizz because that would mean I have limestone, which I don't want, right?

And everything's already been scrubbed!

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Be sure to get a proper ID on the wood. It should be a hard wood. Soft woods break down fast and will/might foul your tank.


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Oh good point, thanks! I'll see what I can do, otherwise I'll leave out the wood!


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You need to use muriatic acid on your rocks instead of vinegar. The acid in vinegar is pretty weak. Muriatic acid is a diluted form of hydrochloric acid. You can get it at masonry supply shops, pool supply shops, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.

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also.. you might want to boil the driftwood to make sure it is free of parasites.. it will help get rid of the tannis quicker too.... will also make it sink faster.

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Great, thanks for the advice! I really appreciate it and I'm glad I asked!


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