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Ironoxide in slate

Postby chrislowe84 » Mon May 26, 2014 4:45 pm

Hello, what's the general consensus on iron oxide in slate?

I've never had a problem with it and heard lots of the different opinions over the years, but was searching for something on here and came across a post that said avoid but no explanation.

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Re: Ironoxide in slate

Postby bradderz123 » Mon May 26, 2014 9:27 pm

If my memory serves me well then Iron Oxide is inert, and non toxic, and has no impact on your water chemistry - non a chemist though so maybe someone knows something different :think:
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Re: Ironoxide in slate

Postby chrislowe84 » Mon May 26, 2014 9:33 pm

Thanks, I would have thought so with slate being non-porous too. But it just got me thinking and this seemed to be the best place to ask.
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Re: Ironoxide in slate

Postby bradderz123 » Tue May 27, 2014 9:43 am

The biggest problem with decor I constantly have on my mind (but haven't actually looked enough into to solve or justify) is the issue of water displacement.

My tank holds a little over 180L - not as big as I would have liked but the biggest I could get the wife to agree to! - and my decor is made up of Juwel replica rocks. They are certainly not cheap but (imho) look real, will last 'forever' and don't displace more than a cup of water. I've tried to compensate for the size of my tank by having the maximum amount of water - I actually have 180L of water.

Compare that to much larger tanks that have lots of genuine rockwork and I wonder at what cost? Does a 250L tank with rockwork really have a lot more water in it than mine?

Appreciate its all a matter of taste - it just seems to me the advantage of a big tank is the amount of water you can have and the subsequent stocking levels.

I have 36 fish (9 of which are the 'clean up crew) - a big external (10 times ph turnover) and I do a 75% water change per week. Ammonia/nitrites are next to zero and I've now found a way to keep nitrates down to 35ppm by the time of my water change.

Seems to me that my stocking levels would have to diminish greatly if I used real rock.

In fairness I may have to thin them out a bit when they reach full maturity but I'll address that as the need arises.

Just thought it might be a point to raise a discussion?
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Re: Ironoxide in slate

Postby Clare » Thu May 29, 2014 3:09 pm

I have also thought that about with smaller tanks.

Back to the subject of slate and the iron veins. I have spoken indirectly to a chemist over this years ago and they are fine if given a good clean. The veins can hold dirt that is all.

Back to the rocks v water. I had a RIO 300 with tons of rock and I mean tons. I took it all out once before I took any water out and it must have taken up 1/3 of my water.
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Re: Ironoxide in slate

Postby chrislowe84 » Fri May 30, 2014 6:41 am

Thanks Clare, I thought that must be the case. I've jet washed and then used a steam jet so fairly confident they're clean enough. Will give them a go.

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