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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-25-2011, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Rocks, Rocks and more Rocks

I have been thinking of rescaping my 36 gal. Well, There is a lack of suitable stones in the LFS's, So.... I was thinking of hitting up a landscaping place near by to see what they have.

This is what I have found on their website so far, I will take a trip over there today maybe to see what the individual stones look like.

I was interested in the stone they call "Mountain Granite" or the "Grey Granite" Any idea if these would be safe for the aquarium? I do not want to change my water chemistry too much, it is actually quite good out of the tap.

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Ohh, the website is. http://pioneersand.com/landscaping-s...materials.htm#

unfortunately the images are embedded so I cannot post them, but if you go to the "boulders and rip rap" part of the site, there is a link on the right side to pictures of the stones.
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grey granite should be fine, you'll want to inspect individual pieces for possible rust before using in the tank.

i see a good bit of reds on the mountain granite so I'd be more leery of it. Although they have a disclaimer on there that say may not represent color or shape blah blah blah
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grey granite should be fine, you'll want to inspect individual pieces for possible rust before using in the tank.

i see a good bit of reds on the mountain granite so I'd be more leery of it. Although they have a disclaimer on there that say may not represent color or shape blah blah blah
Hmm... I think they have a HUGE pile of the grey granite over near me. What would be wrong if it had iron in it? Would that do more than provide some iron to the plants?
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not sure, I just know I've read that you want to stay away from rust, metallics, sandstone, and limestone if you don't want them to alter your water chemistry.
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Yea, I figured sanstone and limestone would raise my hardness. Just to be safe, I will stick with grey granite. Now to find some root wood to add to the piece I have lol.
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Just drive to Golden and then take 6th avenue into the hills. There are lots of places to stop and literally tons of rock. Most of it is fine to use. It's free and it is fun to do too.
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Just drive to Golden and then take 6th avenue into the hills. There are lots of places to stop and literally tons of rock. Most of it is fine to use. It's free and it is fun to do too.
I had thought of doing that, right along the river? Maybe tomorrow I will be doing a bit of a trip lol
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We have a Pioneer Sand out here in Denver, CO. That's where I got this red"slate"
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Yeah by the river and under the cliffs. Just remember to watch out for falling rocks!!
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We have a Pioneer Sand out here in Denver, CO. That's where I got this red"slate"
lol I am not to far from you then ;p I am just about 15 min. north in northglenn, there is a pioneer just about 1-1.5 miles from me.
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Yeah by the river and under the cliffs. Just remember to watch out for falling rocks!!
I am going to make a trip tomorrow I think, I have some time after the cat goes to the vet lol
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noah what type of rocks or layout are u looking for? smooth granite like boulders or some lace rock to make caves an tunnels? id really tell ya to check out paulino gardens thats where i like to go
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noah what type of rocks or layout are u looking for? smooth granite like boulders or some lace rock to make caves an tunnels? id really tell ya to check out paulino gardens thats where i like to go
Something grey, does not have to be smooth, but I love striations within the rock.

I also have a nice piece of driftwood that is already in the tank that I am going to incorporating into the scape. I am going to have to do this not only on the cheap, but with the fish still in tank, or removed for a minimal amount of time. The current substrate is like the red florite.
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The http://www.thedriftwoodstore.com/ has some nice rocks for a tank that size.
Unfortunately, I do not want to pay shipping, and I want to handle the rocks I choose for the tank. not getting an exact feel for the size would drive me crazy. The rocks are awesome though.

I might be able to find what I want in clear creek, or the south platte though.
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