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Cichlid Stones help make finding the perfect aquarium rock decorations a bit easier. I have aquascaped so many fish tanks over the years and I know that finding the perfect combination of color, size, and shape of rock can be a headache.
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Shale is a sedimentary rock composed mostly of clay, quartz, and calcite. This rock is usually , making it perfect for aquarium plateaus. This rock is hundreds of years old, and is . Shale is perfect for aquascaping, and comes in a range of colors including black, gray, and purple.

Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock that is derived from shale. It is composed of mostly volcanic ash, quartz, and clay. Slate can be found colored in many shades of gray, green, purple, and cyan blue. Slate is and like its counterpart shale, great for .
Both shale and slate can be found in many local fish stores, pre-sterilized. These rocks will be a great addition to any freshwater or marine tank. Cichlid Stones Ceramic Aquarium Rock Cave Decoration for Fish Tank | eBay
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Photo provided by FlickrCertain species of freshwater fish need to be kept in a heavily stone based aquarium as that is their natural environment.
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Natural Coloured Aquarium Stones for: your aquariums, ponds, gardens and architectural surfaces. Heat sanitized, hand washed, safe for your fish, and ready to be added to your aquarium.
We carry natural, artificially coloured and acrylic coated types of gravel, stones, pebbles, rocks and sand. Our substrates come in a wide range of sizes, shininess, and colour for you to choose from. Colours include many shades of blue, tan, grays, and beautiful red hues. All of our substrates look great in any size aquarium. Perfect for aquascaping in freshwater fish tanks.
These all-natural stones are a great alternative to using artificial plastic or rubber ornaments. These stones help to bring out the colours in your fish and the tank back ground. These stones also help make a more realistic living environment for other pets such as reptiles, amphibians, hermit-crabs, invertebrates, and snakes. Aquarium rocks can cause harm to your fish and aquarium ecosystem if they are not cleaned before use. This is because dust, toxins, and harmful outside bacteria may reside on the rocks. If using rocks from a pet store it is still recommended to brush them and soak them for at least one day to be sure they are completely dust and debris free. They may have gotten dirty by waiting on shelves or during shipping. If gathering rocks from nature, . There is never a way to be one hundred percent sure that your rock will be completely clean, and it is unknown what kind of bacteria lives on the rocks. However, if taking rocks from nature, follow these steps to have the : Watch more How to Take Care of an Aquarium videos:

To clean the rocks in your aquarium, mainly the substrate of your aquarium is going to be typically rocks, gravel, and you're going to want to clean that on a regular basis. Every three or four weeks when you do your good water change you want to siphon the rocks in the aquarium.

So, a siphon is basically something you'd buy at a fish store. It has a gravel tube roughly two inches in diameter, maybe eighteen to twenty-four inches long, and that's connected to like a six to eight foot length of half inch or three-quarter inch flexible tubing. The tubing's going to go in a bucket, the gravel tube goes in the aquarium, and you're going to get a siphon going. Once the siphon starts water is now siphoning out of the tube into the hose into the bucket. Be very mindful that the bucket doesn't overflow.

I don't recommend siphoning directly into a sink. You'll find some 50 foot pythons and stuff. Those are good if you're very careful, but if you suck up any gravel or sand it's going to go right into your drain. And it's going to clog your drain and it's going to result in an expensive plumbing bill. I like to see what I'm siphoning out of the aquarium go right into a bucket so I have good control.

That being said when you're siphoning the aquarium remove some of the decorations, and just go nice and slowly through the sand bed. Do it in a zigzag pattern so that you can see where you started and where you finished. You don't want to just go haphazardly through the gravel bed or you're not going to clean efficiently.

Kind of like vacuuming. You just don't go all over the floor. You start in one corner. You work your way to the other so you do the entire perimeter.

You also don't want to go too fast because you don't want all the waste to just get blown into the water column. You want to trap all the waste into the siphon tube so it all goes into your bucket. That's the goal, to remove a lot of the waste that's in that gravel bed.

And then after you've changed 15 to 20 percent of the water you're going to replace that water with good, conditioned, filtered fresh water of the same pH and same temperature so you don't shock the system. The same rules apply to salt water. You just want to match the salinity and the pH before you put that salt water back in the aquarium.

With fine sands this video doesn't really apply because we're talking about gravel, but it's the same principle. You'd want to siphon the sand like you would the gravel, but you want to use a lot less water volume, a lot less flow through the siphon. Otherwise you'll suck all the sand out. Plastic aquarium rocks are decorative rocks created to give aquariums a scenic look without the worry of rock finding and cleaning. These decorations come in many different forms; almost any rock you could think of. A is that you can have any rock look you want; no need to worry if the rock type is suitable for your aquarium environment. The is that you do not get the benefits of real rock look, texture, and bacteria growth. Decorative rocks may be found in your local fish store or on the internet easily.