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Where to get and how to prepare stones for a home aquarium

Hello dear readers! Before I tell you where and what stones to take for an aquarium, I would like to apologize to you for a broken blog.

For some reason, my hoster began to block my account with the site due to the load to the north. Although the reason for this load is not clear to me, because the blog did not overload with anything heavy and the attendance dropped by half due to the summer. So today I had to urgently move to a new hoster, I hope the new hoster will not have such incidents.

And now what about stones.

The best way to search for stones for an aquarium is to go to any body of water, because the rock is constantly washed in the water and it is devoid of sharp edges, which may cause injury to the fish. I do not advise taking stones from reservoirs, near which quarries or mines have been dug, in which mineral and metal ores are mined. The exceptions are quarries where rock is mined for monuments or construction.

In such quarries, the stones will have a good uniform structure and are free from extraneous metallic inclusions that are toxic to fish. But they can influence the acidity and hardness of the water in the aquarium.

If you are far from the reservoir, you can buy Aqua stones in the online store. I advise you to pay attention to black, dark gray and dark brown colors, as they create contras with fish and other decorative elements.

Do not disdain as round and flat stones, purely some stones look good only in tsikhlidniki. Try to pay attention to unusual shapes of stones, as they will help to create an exotic interior in your aquarium.

In the aquarium we use a huge number of stones of various kinds, but not all are suitable for the aquarium and its inhabitants. Avoid using limestone stones, because they strongly affect the acidity and hardness of the aquarium water. In aquarium breeding, rocks that release calcium, magnesium, and iron into the water are not suitable.

It may be marble, limestone, travertine or tuff. Particular attention should be paid to the presence of calcium or magnesium, because these two chemical elements significantly increase water hardness.

Excessive concentration of iron in water suffocates higher plants and helps algae to grow.

You should not use stones with green fouling, because you can bring to the bank uninvited guests, from whom it is sometimes very difficult to get rid of. If you still missed some kind of green stuff, then algae will start to develop on the stone with intensive light.

  • Avoid stone with metal streaks and “rusty” layers, and rock, which has colored crystals in its structure. The exception is colorless crystal veinlets – it is a harmless quartz .;
  • You should not buy any bright red stone, because this paint may be unsafe for the inhabitants of the aquarium or it may contain unwanted minerals;
  • in no case use pieces of ore to decorate the reservoir, no matter how gorgeous they look;
  • Do not use stones that contain heavy metals (copper, tin, lead and iron). Poisoning fish heavy metals asymptomatic, usually just die as flies. To check the rock for metallic inclusions, pour the stone with a weak solution of citric or acetic acid. If you see small bubbles and hissing, then throw away the stone;
  • discard stones containing fossils, because they contain a high concentration of magnesium and calcium salts;
  • do not place soft rocks in the aquarium;
  • Do not use stones whose base is much smaller than the tip. Such bricks are usually unstable!

All decorative elements, soil and stones should be checked for changes in pH. To determine the presence of lime in the rock, you need to drop on the ground or stone hydrochloric or sulfuric acid. If foam is formed on the surface of the tested element of the decor, then the rock contains lime and is not suitable for soft water in an aquarium.

Slate, marble, shell limestone, dolomite and coral stones are used only if the inhabitants live in an aquarium who are adapted to living in hard water. As a rule, this is familiar to all of us tsikhlovye.

If you are not sure about something and it is difficult to choose the ground or pebble yourself, contact an intelligent aquarist or a pet shop for help. In them you can find artificial stones that are almost indistinguishable from real ones, with the exception of price.

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