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Stones From A Stream.
February 18, 2011
9:46 am
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Hokum
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Being in the Pennines, there are lots of streams near me. Many are free of fish being too small or shallow. Should i still sterilise stones even if there are no fish in the stream?

February 18, 2011
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If any of the surrounding land is cultivated I'd say yes.

Cake or death?
February 18, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 18 2011, 12:11 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
If any of the surrounding land is cultivated I'd say yes.

No the land in my area is largely forrest and heath moorland. I suppose I could always quarantine it in my algae tank for a month or two.

February 18, 2011
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Maybe just give it a rinse and chuck it in then. Used to collect stones and wood from places like that in Northumberland and never had a problem.

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As an extra precaution, you could soak it in a brine, or a solution of drugstore hydrogen peroxide.

QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 18 2011, 08:52 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd say give it a rinse and chuck it in. I used to collect stones and wood from places like that in Northumberland and never had a problem.

February 18, 2011
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If its uncultivated land just quick rinse in a bucket of tank water and drop them in, I have collected stream stones from local forest and woodland streams and even streams in Cumbria and brought them home with me and all have been fine.

One thing to do though is once you have sloshed them about in the bucket of tank water dont throw the water out, if you have a poly box pour the water in it and leave it outside a few days preferably with acouple more buckets of tanks water and an airstone running, add some existing rocks and stuff to the box for all the living organisms to colonise and you have pretty much a constant supply of goodies for you hillies or anything else to feast on.

February 18, 2011
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QUOTE (Mark Duffill @ Feb 18 2011, 04:32 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
add some existing rocks and stuff to the box for all the living organisms to colonise and you have pretty much a constant supply of goodies for you hillies or anything else to feast on.

I already have the algae tank, but yes this was to increase the micro organism count in the tanks.

February 21, 2011
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I've always just given my rocks a bit of a rub as long as I was reasonably sure they'd not come from anywhere nasty.....fnarr fnarr!

On a more serious note, you'd be surprised how small a stream can support bullheads or trout parr, little brownies can be very determined in getting up to where there is little competition. If in doubt let them dry out or pour some very hot water over them before use.
60 degree water is more than enough to snuff out virtually anything that could pose a threat to fish, no need for it to be boiling.

February 21, 2011
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QUOTE (coelacanth @ Feb 21 2011, 03:51 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've always just given my rocks a bit of a rub as long as I was reasonably sure they'd not come from anywhere nasty.....fnarr fnarr!

On a more serious note, you'd be surprised how small a stream can support bullheads or trout parr, little brownies can be very determined in getting up to where there is little competition. If in doubt let them dry out or pour some very hot water over them before use.
60 degree water is more than enough to snuff out virtually anything that could pose a threat to fish, no need for it to be boiling.

Well I braved the snow in my area and donned my sealskins. It was surprising the amount of life in the streams even though the water temp was less than 4c! I noticed a lot of black leeches, i'm not an expert on these things so i cautioned on the safe side and gave the stones a quick scrub at home.

Anything which survived will probably get nobbed by the growing army of assasin snails...

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