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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:08 pm Post subject: Pumice Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 
 Anyone  know  of  a  source  of  pumice  stones.
 
 I  want  a  few  bags  to  try  as  a  substrate  in  my  planted  tank.
 
 TIA
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 Hi  Madan,
 
 All  i  know  is  that  pumice  stone  is  mined  in  Madhya  Pradesh,  in  and  around  a  place  called  Katni  and  Maihar.  This  is  also  a  limestone  mining  belt.
 
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 Madan,
 
 The  following  link  is  that  of  a  Pumice  stone  supplier  in  Ahmedabad,  for  the  textile  industry.  You  could  try  and  contact  them.
 
 http://www.microgenix.org/index1.htm
 
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Madan  wrote:                
Hi  all,
 
 Anyone  know  of  a  source  of  pumice  stones.
 
 I  want  a  few  bags  to  try  as  a  substrate  in  my  planted  tank.
 
 TIA                

 
 You  can  contact  me  for  supply  at  cost  price  and  free  home  delivery.  Thumb Up
 Each  bag  25  kgs.
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 Should'nt  this  be  in  the  substrate  forum?
 
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I  want  a  few  bags  to  try  as  a  substrate  in  my  planted  tank.                  

 Significance  Madan?
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 Hi  Elaine,
 
 I  was  going  to  put  into  the  substrate  forum,  but  then  pumice  is  really  abrasive  and  has  sharp  edges  and  will  harm  fish  if  it  comes  in  contact  with  it.  It  by  no  means  can  be  used  as  a  substrate  with  fish,  especially  Cichlids.
 
 I  was  only  going  to  use  it  in  a  planted  aquarium  substrate,  that's  why  I  posted  in  the  Planted  aquaria  Forum.
 
 And  Nag,
 
 Another  experiment  I  intend  to  do  after  my  talk  with  Dr.  Unnikrishnan  of  Oriental  Aquarium,  Singapore.
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 I  forsee  fun  times  getting  the  pumice  to  sink...  Chuckle
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 How  about  weighted  down  from  the  top!
 
 Not  much  fun  there!  Very Happy
 
 Anyway  the  wife  going  to  boil  not  me!  ROFL
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 My  sympathies  are  with  Mrs.  Subramanian...  
 
 Planning  on  competing  with  ADA  Madan?  Wink
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 Rahul,  not  competing  exactly.
 
 Trying  to  see  why  their  stuff  can't  be  duplicated  by  DIY.  I've  more  or  less  designed  a  lot  of  stuff  DIY  for  my  planted  tanks  with  locally  available  materials,  or  replaced  with  locally  available  materials.
 
 Dupla  laterite  -  replaced  by  local  laterite.
 
 Bubble  counter
 CO2  reactor
 CO2  level  indicator
 Adapting  a  welding  CO2  regulator
 
 Now,  with  some  helpful  input  from  Dr.Unni  let's  see  what  I  can  do  with  Pumice.  The  results  will  take  a  year  to  be  known.
 
 I've  just  now  located  Pumice,  there's  a  lot  more  ingredients  to  research  and  locate.  An  attempt  to  locate  a  source  of  Pumice  3-4  months  ago  drew  a  blank,  atleast  this  time  Trevor  managed  to  find  it.
 
 Next  would  be  lava  chips/gravel.  I've  seen  aged  lava  rock  around  Bangalore,  but  not  porous  lava  gravel.
 
 A  ball  of  solidified  lava
 
 
 
 Lava  Flow  -  Did  the  hot  lava  crack  the  rock  or  simply  fill  a  crevice?
 
 
 
 Another  pic  of  the  same  Lava  Flow,the  folds  on  the  lava  as  it  cools  when  in  contact  with  water  can  be  discerned  here  though  not  clearly.  When  I  actually  saw  the  folds  it  was  more  than  apparent.
 
 
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My  sympathies  are  with  Mrs.  Subramanian...                  

 ....and  the  worse  thing  is  she  has  to  make  water  changes  for  lake  tanganyika  and  4  other  ADM  tanks  for  the  next  6  mnts    Sad    Chuckle    Chuckle    Chuckle
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 Madhu,
 
 Planted  tanks  will  drop  to  2,  by  the  time  I  leave.  Very Happy  
 
 The  2  tanks  thus  freed  will  be  ready  for  the  Pumice  experiment,  when  I  get  back.  Thumb Up  
 
 Now  where  the  hell  do  I  find  good  Canadian  Peat!
 
 Coco  peat  available  here  is  useless.  It  does  not  stain  the  water  after  2  hours  of  boiling.  Thumb Down
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 Madan,  try  enquiring  in  Maharashtra  for  porous  volcanic  rock
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 I  have  been  doing  that  Rahul,  but  no  one  clearly  understands  what    Volcanic  rock/lava  rock  means.  I  have  been  shown  gravel  ranging  from  crushed  bricks  to  iron  ore.  Smile
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