Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:42 pm Post subject: Can Rocks be Fabricated with a Layer of Cement for Aquarium
PICS OF ROCKS ADDED !!!
I got some Rocks which look like coral rocks (say that, because of its porous nature), but they are brown in color. I washed them multipe time with hot water, soaked them in hot water for over a day, and took a brush and rubbed all the rocks. Most of the mud on the rocks has come off, but not completely. Each time I was it, it still leeches some reddish tinge. Therefore I was thinking if, I can actually make a mix of cement paste, and dip these rocks inside them, so that the RED LEECHING STOPS. Is it safe to coat the rocks with cement ??? And if yes, what cement should I use? I have read lot of sites suggesting PORTLAND CEMENT, but was wondering if this kind of cement is available in INDIA??
And if we can use regular cement, how long should the curing be done? And is there any specific process for curing to be done???
Kindly help, your ideas and suggestions would be highly appreciated. I will post the pictures of the rocks soon, as I currently am in a different location. Should be able to post them in a couple of hours. Suggestions Please !!!!
Last edited by heyram316 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:04 pm; edited 1 time in total
Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:52 pm Post subject: Re: Can Rocks be Fabricated with a Layer of Cement for Aquar
You can use the regular cement which is available in the normal hardware stores. And almost all cements manufactured in India is portland cement I guess.
You can make a thin paste of cement and dip the rock in the cement paste. Once it is dried, immerse the rock in a bucket of water. Change the water for many times so that the cement cures. If you have pH paper strips, you can check the pH of the normal water and then the pH of the water after you have immersed the rock for one day. By this you can check if the cement is cured.
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