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new seiryu stone help

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by sticky, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. sticky

    sticky New Member

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    hi i just got some seiryu stone and wanted to know the best way to clean it up as some stones have a white dusty residue on them that looks like it could be removed to show the lovely dark underneath any tips to buff the rocks up or have i just got to work with wot i'v got
     
  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    do they look like this?

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    seryu often has those white stripes and you cant clean them away.
     
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    sticky New Member

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    no it has them white lines it in it just some bits have a light gray chalky look to them it parts
     
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    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    try to brush it away ..
     
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    Jur4ik, just wondering, how do you know which rocks are not going to alter the chemistry of the water for algae grow or alter ph balance?

    btw, it may sound stupid, but is there a rock web source for take a deeper look and identify which rocks are the ones i could find around...
     
  6. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    You can test them with lemon juice, if you see foam, than those stones will effect your water chemistry.
     
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    thank you !
     
  8. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    you can also use white vinegar
     
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    IMO, geological name for seiryu stones is 'slate'
    Slate is dominantly composed of quartz and mica minerals such as muscovite, biotite, etc.
    Slate is low degree metamorphic rock, derived from a sedimentary rock named 'shale'. Shale composed of vulcanic ash or clay minerals, but sometimes calcium carbonate (CaCO3) exist. Because metamorphic process is isochemical, this calcium carbonate will retain in slate...

    test them with acid chloride (HCl), if they are fizzing it mean this stone contain calcium carbonat (CaCO3) and can raise your water hardness.

    i took these 'slate' pictures last year, while do some geological mapping in Papua, Indonesia.
    do they look like seiryu stone? :D

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    CMIIW, just little thought from geologist :-"
     
  10. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    that is very helpful for me! i could probably acquire slate rock locally instead of ordering any special "seiryu" stone.

    Also thanks for the mention of how to test the rocks. My mother and brother are going to be spending some time in the Rocky mountains of Montana and i asked them to bring me back some neat rocks.
     
  11. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    I'm kinda way sure the size of rocks they'll pick up for you will be far too small 8)
     
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    :))haha! probably, maybe i should specify i would like large rocks.
     

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