Is this Rock Reef safe

Discussion in 'Urgent Help Needed' started by Chris Delport, 10 Jun 2013.

  1. Chris Delport

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    This is the kind of sandstone I want to put in my tank, please help me out on this one.

    Is it safe or not.[​IMG]
     
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    Wrong thread don't you think?
     
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    Where did you get the rock from? If its not from a contaminated area or a place known to have chemical problems, it should be fine.
    As a test, you can soak the rock in a bucket with fresh water for 24h & then test the water for phosphates to give you an indication of how clean it might be...
     
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    Nice looking rock BTW!
     
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    I'm jealous of that piece. It's stunning! Also want to know if you can use it in a fish only tank? Is there a way to remove the phosphates?
     
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    Im sure they will be along shortly, They seem like knowledgable fellows.
     
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    Thank you Cheri, this is the stone I referred to in the other thread.

    Unfortunately it is about the size of a rugby ball, if it's safe there's only one place it's going to.

    My concern is what happens in the longrun, all might be fine in the beginning and nothing dies but will

    it stay that way?

    If it's going to be trial & error I'll rather leave it.
     
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    I've used sandstone in my tanks before. It was all dry when i put it in. It will be fine provided there is nothing nasty in the rock itself. Cons about the sandstone is that its really heavy and doesn't have the best bio-filtration on account of it being so dense.
     
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    i would let that rock first cycle on its own and not in the same tank. doing test every 2nd to third day to make sure nothing leeches out of the rock like Phosphates or anything. also the problem is that some rocks have calcium based minerals that could effect your PH. Also, sandstone can have a variety of minerals in it, and because it's water-permeable, these minerals could easily be leached out of the rock.
     
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    I`ll take it:p just leave it in RO water for 3months just keep changin the water every week... after 3 months test the water...
     
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    Looks like Mission rocks sandstone.. Been using sandstone in my tanks for the past 7 years..... Nothing wrong with it
     
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    As I've said to Chris before, my sandstone was in a tank for years and years before I started using it in my own tank. It could be that everything has already leeched out. Have some really beautiful pieces myself. But I think to let corals grow on it will not work because of the density. Mixed reef if it's safe then??
     
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    Yeah nothing wrong with this rock I have loads in my tank with LR just cycle it clean it and let it be for a while before adding it to your tank.

    Great looking rock BTW
     
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    How long do you cycle it?
     
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    All depends on its make up i would say, but test test and test again and once the water is good then add it.
     
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