New 400 Litre tank - Rock decoration question

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13 Aug 2019 23:31 #1 by Philobr (Phil OBrien)
Hi, I had the opportunity to get a 400 litre tank and couldn't turn it down. It's way bigger than I had before. It wont be up for a while because I have to figure out fish. But in the meantime, I have to decorate. I want to put rockscape in it, but can find fake rocks, or even places with cool rocks. Can anyone recommend something? .

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07 Sep 2019 13:23 #2 by Ericg2019 (Eric Grannell)
Hay. Nice size tank. I got lots of rocks off the beach. Tested them with acid (in your api master test kit)and if it didn’t fizz your good to go ( as in won’t affect ph). Give em a good scrub or boil for a couple of mins to be sure they’re clean.

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10 Sep 2019 18:00 #3 by Dihanio (Paulie Hanlon)
Don't boil rocks, for fear of them exploding.

Off a beach, leave them in fresh water for a few days. Or, if possible, try get some from around a freshwater source, a lake or river

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14 Sep 2019 14:13 #4 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
What is the dimensions of the tank?
Please don’t take stones from the beach, they are there for a reason!!
I think that beach stones will be to smooth to stack up to make a feature of without falling over and potentially cracking the glass.
You could drill and rod them, or glue them.
If you want to stack stone up high then going to a fish shop and stacking them on the shop floor. This is a good way to see what you can do with different sorts of stone.

You could also get a fake plastic/ stone background in stone look, and then only have a few stacked in the front , which gives more room for fish.

Remember that if you have a 400 liter tank, and put 60 liters of stone in it, it does cut down on your fish total.
Also cleaning a 400 liter tank, you need to leave room to hover all the substrate, so don’t make it to hard for yourself.

One final point what sort of filtration are you using for a 400 tank?

Take the journey slow and enjoy the ride!

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