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Hi there - I'm hoping this is the right place to post my topic. It seemed like the best place, but I'm not sure if it's correct. I've been thinking of changing my tank setup a bit - specifically from gravel to some larger rocks and maybe a few plants. My question is how do I clean the rocks adequately, so I won't be introducing anything nasty into the tank and I can be sure they're safe for the fish? I've seen a few places in the forum where the poster has scrubbed them with a toothbrush/etc, but what should I use to make sure all the germs/anything harmful, are/is gone? Thanks a million in advance for your help!
Hello- My 4.5 year old Oranda had a large glass rock the size of a nickel deep in his throat a few days ago. I was able to hold on to him and hold his head out of the water and remove the rock with a pair of tweezers. It was about an inch in his throat. I never want to have to do that again- very stressful for both him and me. I had thought the rocks were big enough that he couldn't do this. I now need to change out the rocks and am wondering what this entails. Do I get really large rocks? Super small ones? How will this affect the water quality and the bio filter? Do I do it all at once or do half at a time? Trying to upload a photo of him but can't seem to figure out how... Thank you.
I'm having some problems with my ph... I had low ph, (sorry... dont know about my kh or gh my lfs didn't have any on hand so I'm waiting for it to come in the mail) around 6.0, so the guy at my fish store gave me some rocks for the bottom of my tank that raise ph I put 4 small rocks in there and now the ph is testing bright purple!! 8.4 or 8.8 I'm so upset! lol. I took 2 small rocks out and waiting, but im worried about ph drop is that going to be an issue, or should I take all of them out and get api neutral or whatever? I'm sorry I'm asking so many questions, I'm kind of a worry wart.