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Old 08-22-2009, 01:45 AM   #1
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Trying to find rock locally, tips?


I am thinking about doing an Iwagumi set up in my 10 gallon. I can't justify $2-8/lb, even though AFA carries some nice stuff. Worst part price wise is that rocks are pretty heavy

I am looking for both ideas and types of stone that are fairly widely avaiable. I went to a local place that has tons of stuff for 25-50cent/lb but it is way too big for a 10 gallon. I have been told to go to bonsai places, I haven't done that yet, also looking locally to collect but I never find enough of one type of stone to actually make something.

Just wondering if anyone had some basic advice, I know alot of this depends on where you live. I am not looking for the best looking stuff, just good enough for my first try. I don't mind paying a bit more when I get my aquascaping skillz up.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:07 AM   #2
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check out a local sand and rock landscape supply I bought some nice rocks there for 60 to 80cents/lb
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:26 AM   #3
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You might want to forage a bit towards the mountains. Just a thought.
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You might want to forage a bit towards the mountains. Just a thought.
I really want to but unfortunately my panic disorder keeps me from these trips. I love the Sierra's maybe in the semi near future. I do have Canyon next to me which I haven't fully explored. For those who don't know, it's sort of the nature gem of the East Bay, CA.
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:50 AM   #5
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i bought 150lbs of black soap stone for $45 at the local rock landscaping place. google your area, call them up, check out their websites and look for ornamental rocks. It'll save you gas money.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:02 PM   #6
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I've never used found rock in an aquarium, but I'd definitely use the "acid test" with a little hydrochloric acid on the rock surface to see if it bubbles. If it does, don't use the rock in your aquarium unless you want it to slowly break down over time and make your water much harder. You'll also want to make sure it's very clean.

Aside from that, there are a couple of Aquarium Adventure stores nearby me and some Petlands (both the same company). If you have either of those near you, they always have a lot of good looking rocks for the aquarium. I also have a very nice piece of petrified wood that shows all of the grain that I got from an LFS.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:29 AM   #7
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I found a bag nice black grey rocks at Dollar General for $1.
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