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seachaz 04-17-2012 10:54 PM

Rocks - any good places in Seattle area?
Looking for rocks to put in an Iwagumi style tank, striking out at LFS and the few garden centers I've been to - any suggestions?

Seattle_Aquarist 04-18-2012 02:35 AM


seachaz 04-18-2012 08:49 AM


Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist (Post 1824463)

Nice rocks! There a secret password or something I need to give to get your source? :confused1:

Seattle_Aquarist 04-18-2012 02:23 PM

actually two words

seachaz 04-18-2012 07:20 PM

hmm, Seattle Aquarist or Aquarist World? You selling just those or you have other varieties. I see from a previous post of yours those in your picture aren't inert?

Da Plant Man 04-18-2012 07:29 PM

Yes please.


Seattle_Aquarist 04-18-2012 08:28 PM


How about "GSAS Member"!

alfalfa 04-18-2012 09:25 PM

I've been meaning to join! :D

I'm interested in the rocks but only if you have more after seachaz and Da Plant Man get theirs. What kind are they?

Seattle_Aquarist 04-18-2012 09:51 PM

Hi alfalfa,

I will make it easy for everyone! Meet me at a GSAS meeting, show me your GSAS Membership Card, and I will tell you exactly where I purchase them and you can go and pick out the ones that meet your size and shape criteria!


seachaz 04-18-2012 10:10 PM

Wow that's kind of an elitist approach to things - if that's representative of how the club runs not sure I want to be part of it.

Seattle_Aquarist 04-18-2012 10:21 PM

hi seachaz,

No problems; it took me months to find a local source for these stones. I have given the name out to only two individuals; both GSAS members.

You can find a lot of different varieties at Marenako's Rock Center in Fall City, nice drive this time of year. Open Sat. 8:30 - 3:30 closed on Sundays.

seachaz 04-18-2012 11:24 PM

Great thanks Roy! And I will keep the society in mind - just setting up my first tank since I was a kid. Just wish I was a bit further along so I could have taken part in the auction you guys had.

Seattle_Aquarist 04-18-2012 11:37 PM

Hi Seachaz,

Our next meeting is May 8th on the SPU campus (see for info); you are welcome to attend as my guest. It is our annual Home Show presentation where a group of 'judges' (very loosely defined) visit member's homes and photograph and video their aquariums. It is a great source of ideas and inspiration. We have a 'mini-auction' after each meeting; typically with unusual fish, plants, and invertebrates.

I too re-entered the hobby after a long absence; primarily due to planted aquariums. Our members range from sub-teen to retired; just a bunch of crazy fish (and plant) nuts!


alfalfa 04-19-2012 04:58 AM

I went to the February and April auctions. It is a blast and addicting. I learned a lot. Just getting to see everything I read about, and then to buy it for a few bucks, is great. I probably spent 6 to 8 hours total over those two events. There are a lot of opportunities because a few items are auctioned off every minute that whole time.

Roy: I asked someone (who shall remain nameless hah!) if you were there. I was not communicating very clearly (TPT? and I couldn't remember your real name) but I know the name they said wasn't right. Regardless, I didn't go over and introduce myself.

seachaz: It's a very cool group of people. I understand why you might have thought it sounded otherwise and I might have thought so too if I hadn't been to an event. When I read the post about bringing the ID I chuckled a little bit. There's a friendly vibe among everyone there. Nobody ever asked me for anything... except to pay for what I won! :)

SeattleFishGuy 04-19-2012 04:51 PM

seachaz - I went to a GSAS meeting for the first time in March and just last weekend to the big auction and alfalfa is right a great group of friendly people. I even took my father-in-law as a guest to listen to Dick Au speak and he loved it!

Anyway I was looking for rocks too at on point and found some great ones at The Fish Store but I think there are even better options at Midway Pets. Someone on Airstone the GSAS email/blog posted some pictures from Midway Pets and they had at least three boxes of different kinds of Japanesse Style give them a call and they can tell you exactly what they have.

Here are the pics the member posted:

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