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Whats up gang, thinking of removing most of the sand in my tanks (just enough to barely cover the bottom) to get that bare bottom look with a few river rocks in there. I want the inhabitants to be the star of the tank and the pots I have in there, well, I'm getting tired of them. I've had these rocks in there before and chucked them outside when I got tired of them a few years back..lol. They've been sitting out there for awhile and I'm thinking of letting them sit in a bucket of water w/ some clorox in there to kill off anything bad. I've had things go bad when I just rinse the rocks, trophs get ill. I've read boiling the rock in water is a way but I'm not ready to go that route just yet. So, my drawn out long question is... Whats worked for you guys when adding rocks found outside in your area?
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That's a good way of cleaning the rocks...soak it in bleach but not too long then rinse it and soak it again in wather with dechlorinator to make sure u get rid of all the bleach..u can also dump hot water on the rocks instead of boiling it..i've read horror stories about exploding rocks when boiled in hot water..good luck!
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I just removed all my sand I got salt and pepper river rocks at each end and it sooooo much easier to clean now!
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I've always had river rocks in my tanks. Although pvc, pots, etc work great for breeding and aggression dispersion I don't like the unnatural look of them. Plus river rocks with green algae make for a nice grazing surface.
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I have probably changed the interior of my tank around more in the last 7+ years than most people can imagine. That being said, all I have ever done is rinsed them off and put them in the tank. Some rocks have come out of the tank and been thrown in a pile, some have been used in landscaping around the house, and thrown back in the mix at a later date. It's kinda what meets my eye when I am changing things up and a look I want to achieve. Same with the background psc I have used.

I know it is a huge question asked and discussed on many forums, but I have never had a problem with fish or tank in either winter or summer. If your concerned clean them, rinse them, what ever. But I don't think bleach or boiling is necessary.
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I just removed all my sand I got salt and pepper river rocks at each end and it sooooo much easier to clean now!

Did you figure out which lights you want for the 8 footer?


Didn't mean to thread jack there JKD! Get some pics of the tank up!
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I collect rocks from fields and pastures. I leave them outside to get rained on a couple weeks and then just hot rinse them thoroughly.
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I just wash my rocks under plenty of water while brushing them. Did it for years, no problems so far. I quess if you live in a tropical area some water parasites might get transferred if you collect your rocks in lakes and rivers.
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Didn't mean to thread jack there JKD! Get some pics of the tank up!
Will do! Little nervous about the rocks but hey, no guts no glory, right?
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Just dropped them in.

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