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Hello guys I live in New York City and it's rather hard to find beautiful natural rocks. Do you guys have any idea where I can look? Perhaps parks?? I don't know. Any help would be appreciated thanks!

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Since we all have different ideas of beautiful, that part might be funky but for rocks of wide variety and cheap prices, I would suggest landscape supply places. Maybe if you narrow down what type you might like, others in your area will have better ideas for free rocks??
Landscape supply places bring in rocks of all sorts from all places so they have a good range available.

I like rocks from lakes and rivers, bring them home and do a bleach water soak to clean them and they are good to go.
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you can go to a nursery.. today i went to my uncles nursery and picked up some rocks from him although he didnt have much i found just enough to work .. i feel a landscape nursery would definatly charge you less than if you were to go to your LFS to buy
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I'd suggest you go upstate into "farm country".... wonder around on some back roads and you can usually find farmers' rock piles. (Typically located at the edge of the field, near the road)

Once a year farmers go out "rock picking" and get all the rocks out of their fields (if you hit one with a plow / disk / etc, it'll do major damage).

I'm not sure if they'll be "pretty" but they'll be free!
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Stone yards often have tons of different rocks for very cheap.

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Another source of interesting rocks are lapidary supply stores. Lots of beautiful agates and rocks that you wouldn't normally find in LFS. Just be sure to do a little research on the weirder ones to make sure they are compatible!
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If you want natural, check out the nearest stream. Nice smooth cobbles make the best natural-looking rocks.

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I like lava rocks. Around here we've got huge lava fields, so its usually a matter of driving out and picking some up off the ground.
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Out on lo g island there is a rock yard. Skyviewstone. Google it


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Central Park or Battery Park maybe a place to go...
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Get them out of the hudson... might have to let them sit in bleach for a decade haha
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Im going to santabarbera tmmr and maybe i can find something cool when i get out there.
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In FL I find a ton of neat rocks but for some reason I never seem to like the look of them enough to put them in my tank. I love the look of lava and mountain rocks though. Wish I had some down here!
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I loved the rocks I had in my 75g, but decided to not use them since they only took up space and then were hidden by the plants.

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