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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 8:40 pm Post subject: Curing Lava rock. Reply with quote

 Hello  guys,
 I  just  picked  up  some  good  lookin  black  lava  rocks  in  one  of  our  LFS.They  are  full  of  holes  and  wieghtless!  Can  you  people  advice  me  how  to  cure  it  before  I  put  them  in  the  tank.
 Thanks  in  advance.
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 can  u  please  post  some  pics.
 
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 Hi  Mitra,  is  this  what  you  have  ?
 
 
 You  have  to  boil  them  for  about  an  hour  or  pressure  cook  for  8  min  to  completely  disinfect  them.  The  boiling  also  helps  to  expel  all  air  from  the  pores  and  after  a  few  hours  the  rock  sinks.  Smile
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 Yeah  it  should  actually  float  in  water  when  completely  dry!
 Hey  doc,  I'm  tempted  to  see  a  full  tank  view  .....  pleeeease!
 Is  this  the  new  acrylic  one  or  the  good  old  glass  one?
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 The  colour  actually  looks  same  as  the  black  ones  but  the  shape  is  like  that  of  the  white  stones  in  the  picture.It  actually  floated  when  i  first  put  it  in  water  but  now  it  is  fully  submerged.Ill  try  to  post  its  pix  soon.
 
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aquascapes  wrote:                
Yeah  it  should  actually  float  in  water  when  completely  dry!
 Hey  doc,  I'm  tempted  to  see  a  full  tank  view  .....  pleeeease!
 Is  this  the  new  acrylic  one  or  the  good  old  glass  one?                

 No  this  the  older  4  '  Acrylic  one.  The  6  footer  is  ready  (actually  80")  -  no  leaks  or  bowing.  I  will  probably  set  it  up  this  week-substrate,  driftwood,etc,  then  I  will  post  some  pics.  Smile
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mitra-hyderabad  wrote:                
The  colour  actually  looks  same  as  the  black  ones  but  the  shape  is  like  that  of  the  white  stones  in  the  picture.It  actually  floated  when  i  first  put  it  in  water  but  now  it  is  fully  submerged.Ill  try  to  post  its  pix  soon.
 
 MITRA                

 Mitra,  you  know  what  this  stuff  is  used  for  here  ?  The  Saudis  import  these  rounded  lumps  of  lava  rock  from  Pakistan  and  use  them  to  remove  hair  from  their  legs!  Talk  of  having  a  rough  time  !  ROFL
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 Friends,
 These  are  the  pix  of  the  Lava  rock  that  i  hav  bought.The  rocks  are  immensed  in  water  since  the  past  48  hrs.The  water  turned  brown.So  i  changed  the  water  twice  and  now  there  is  not  much  change  in  color  of  the  water.
 
 (sorry  for  the  quality  of  pixs  )
 
 The  lightest  one  of  all  four.
 
 This  one  has  some  metallic  tint  on  it  and  even  smells  like  rust!
 
 
 
 
 
 I  think  i  need  more  peices  to  create  some  caves.
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 Beautiful!
 Only  point  of  caution  is  to  'cook'  them  before  introducing  them  to  the  tank  -  
 
                                                 
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You  have  to  boil  them  for  about  an  hour  or  pressure  cook  for  8  min  to  completely  disinfect  them.                

 Doc.  is  right  -  I  think  a  mild  acid  wash  prior  to  the  boiling  should  be  a  better  option  -  what  say??
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:37 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 These  are  not  lava  rocks  but  byproduct  of  Iron  ore  and  Sugar  Crystallization  from  sugar  mills.  These  are  often  used  to  form  the  base  of  bathroom  floors  while  building  a  house,  for  water  proofing  and  are  commonly  referred  to  as  "Khangar"  in  Delhi.  Though  I  have  also  used  them  in  my  aquarium,  one  really  does  not  know  the  kind  of  elements  that  (+ions  &  -ions  )  it  may  give  out  and  change  water  quality.  Often  they  have  very  sharp  edges.  But  they  are  very  porous  &  light...
 
 So  I  suggest  that  you  need  to  be  careful  in  using  them  and  for  sure  this  is  not  lava  rocks....
 
 Lava  rock  would  look  like  this  --->  http://www.petco.com/Assets/product_images/9/9367600021B.jpg
 
 This  is  why  I  had  requested  for  a  picture.
 
 Regards
 
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 But  the  rocks  has  sandy  texture  and  there  are  some  pebbles  in  them.only  the  mettalic  colored  peice  has  the  rusty  smell.  All  the  other  peices  have  no  smell.
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