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Old 07-08-2009
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hi all newbe back again, is lime stone any good as aquascape, i understand its very good at raising the ph. as anybody used it, im in uk which is a big lime stone island so plenty of free about. thanks for all your help sofar, i just cant wait to get my first fish. :ac15:
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B&Q, Homebase and Wickes all sell stones in bags that have a picture of a fish on the packaging somewhere to show they are safe for fish
Limestone is OK as long as it is just limestone and doesn't have anything else in it
I prefer to use granite and big river pebbles rocks and whole flints as these dont leach
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Old 07-09-2009
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limestone is perfect for africain cichlids environment...as you said it raise the ph
just put your pieces of limestone in boiling water for 10-15min and rinse it before putting it in tank.
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limestone is good for you for two reasons
1. Help to raise the ph
2. They are FREE
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Mark brings up a good point in many ways.... What are the effects of leaching over a period of time..... for some people.. they consider it a problem... scaley glass and such...

But for the most part.. having limestone properly prepared...Boiling is good but also letting it out in the sun for a while to continue to 'cure' (oversimplification)

Do really take care to make sure its properly cleaned and taken care of.. Many aquariust have regreted the steps they have taken only to find contamination with their "stones" and "decorations"

Bill
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I use limestone. Not sure if big bits buffer the water all that much (my water already has a KH of 14 and does not seem to rise above this much in the tank) but I do it partly because I can find it very cheap (or free in some places) and I like the look.
Not had any problems with it myself, just scrubbed it clean with a wire brush and hosed it down. You can even shape it safely if you want to. Covered in algae now, so the original rather bright light look soon becomes more muted and I think quite natural looking.
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i use limestone in my tank you can get it from the hollybush very cheap

http://www.hollybush-garden.com/
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