Fish Aquarium Rocks

lace rockBecause of the numerous choices in fish tank decorations, it is easy to overlook fish aquarium rocks. Whether it’s lava rock, rainbow rock, Texas holey rock, lace rock, “glass rock”, and a myriad of man made rocks for freshwater and saltwater aquariums or live base rock and premium live rock for reef aquariums, rock can make an aquarium truly standout. Although you could probably pick up a rock from the garden or a stone from the beach and put it in the aquarium, don’t. Rocks found outside can be exposed to toxins like weed spray, soaps, and pet urine. Fish tank rocks sold at local pet stores and aquarium stores are cleaned completely, often with bleach or acid, then prepped for safe use in freshwater or saltwater aquariums.

There are many rocks fish hide in or feel safe near that create a natural aquatic environment for the inhabitants of your aquarium to call home. Some provide protection better than others. Lace rock, holey rock and some rainbow rock haverainbow rock multiple holes that create a safe secure feeling place for your fish. Also, larger aquariums with a lot of space to be filled can use rock that typically, dollar for dollar, can create great aquascapes for a fraction of the cost of other alternatives. Of course, when it comes to reef tanks, the utilization of live base rock and premium live rock create beautiful areas for corals, invertebrates and fish to feel completely at home in.

As with any choice of decorations or fish aquarium rocks there are pros and cons. Some rocks, like Texas holey rock, can raise the pH while others like lava rock have been known to leach metals. It doesn’t happen too often, but it has happened. Usually, the lighter, more porous rocks tend to be better choices than the solid, heavier rocks. Consider this when purchasing rocks for your aquarium. All decorations and fish aquarium rocks will have to be cleaned or at least moved to clean the substrate in the tank. Heavy rocks on the bottom of an aquarium, even an aquarium with an undergravel filter, have the potential to do real damage if dropped or knocked over. If you have algae eaters in your freshwater tank, then perhaps solid rocks wouldn’t be as big a problem because they wouldn’t have to be taken out to be cleaned as often. Unfortunately, no mad scientist has come up with plecostomus to help with algae issues in saltwater. However, rather it’s a freshwater or a saltwater tank, fish aquarium rocks will have to be moved to remove excess detritus during monthly water changes. So care should be taken.

Reef tanks, by their very setup, don’t have live rock or premium live rock that needs to be moved but every few years toprem reef rock clean out the build up of debris under and behind the reef. It should be noted, that when purchasing live base rock and premium live rock, the amount of rock that might be needed for the tank does not have to be all premium live rock.  Even though premium live rock is much more attractive than the ordinary live rock, it does come at a steep price in comparison.  Yet, only about a third of the overall rock in a reef is exposed to the light. Save the money and make approximately two thirds of the rock you need be Live Rockordinary live rock. It’s going to be under the nicer rock and used to build the reef from the bottom of the tank to the heighth you want. The top layer of rock should be premium live rock. If you are on a budget, don’t use any of the premium rock at all. Spend your money on good quality lights and high grade salt and nutrients. The desirous pink and purple calcareous algae will eventually grow on nearly any rock.  Be patient.

Though not every rock type available for freshwater or saltwater aquariums is discussed in this article, hopefully the material discussed will help you with your choice of fish aquarium rocks.

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There are so many choices of rocks for the home or office aquarium that it's actually easy to overlook the role they play. This article helps to understand and choose which rocks are best for your fish tank.



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