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So.. where can I get rocks like this?

I live in NYC, and rocks are well, hard to come by. I think the fuji and seiryu stones on the adaeurope site are the bee's knees, but I can't seem to find anywhere that sells anything similar online.

Anyone have any ideas? I need like 3 smallish stones for my 10 gal tank, and I'm sure as heck not going to find em around here

Here's a link to a PDF with all of their super cool rocks: http://www.adaeuro.com/catalog%5CEng...0Materials.pdf
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LOok at this link towards the bottom of the page you'll see rocks very similar to what you're looking for. They're called "Old Moss" rocks.

I got these at a masons supply yard and the best part is I got em for free because they only sell them by the ton and I only needed about 150lbs so they gave them to me. I took em from a broken pallet.

You'll have to open the yellow pages and make a few phone calls. Ask for "old moss stone". I'm not sure if it's common to the trade, so you might have to hunt around a little. I have at least 50lbs left over but shipping them would be prohibitive.

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Hm yeah those look similar. Problem is there typically isn't much in the way of supply yards IN the city.

Being a city dweller has its downsides, like not having a car

I probably only need about 5-10lbs of rocks, since this is for a pretty small tank. I'll keep my eyes out and see what I can scrounge, I might have some friends outside of the city who can help out.
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I have at least 50lbs left over but shipping them would be prohibitive.
How much could we fit in one of the Flat Rate boxes? It would be a ggod test, though not too kind on your postal carrier. I bet we could ship quite a bit for $7.70, and still have it be a lot less than what a LFS in NYC would sell it for...

I'd be happy to call around the local places here in Salt lake to see if they have something, but I wouldn't be able to get anything in the mail for at least a week.


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As I remember, NYC has some beautiful granite and gneiss rocks. I'd probably take a stroll in Central Park and see if there's something. Otherwise, maybe a stone yard on Long Island or NJ.
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You'd be surprised how hard it is to find good rocks even in Central Park. I ended up "borrowing" 2 chunks from a local garden for my turtle cage, but they aren't anything to write home about.

The problem with NYC is, everything you do someone else has already done 5000000 times before, so all of the good rocks are long gone.

Safado, yeah, one of those flat rate boxes would hold enough for at least 5 10gallon tanks

The look I'm going for in the tank is a not quite amano deal, with eventually a nice carpet of something around 2-3 rocks, the centermost being larger but probably less interesting than the two that skirt it on the sides.

I want something with some character, either something volcanic looking with some crags and nice texture, or something layered but not smooth, like a sedimentary hillside you'd see on a highway, but in miniature

Those amano rocks are probably overpriced to begin with even in Italy or wherever they ship from, I can't imagine what it would cost to actually order some to the US.

The rock thing is tricky, I have what I know know is I guess some gypsum in my tank now, and while it looks neat, I have noticed like someone pointed out that it is in fact dissolving, undoubtedly messing with the solubility of my water
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It would probably be cheaper to rent a car and come out to NJ for a day of rock hunting than it would to purchase and ship those rocks.

There has to be a garden supply/stone yard in NYC or at least out in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx or Yonkers you can get to.

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Probably, in the end it seems like so much work for 3 little rocks
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But, then why bother at all?? They certainly aren't going to fall into your lap!

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North shore of Long Island is loaded. Lot of them are rounded and weathered but you take a sledge hammer to them for sharp edges that everybody seems to like. There is ledge too. But the ones on the beach are easier to move. Take the train to the beach and treat yourself. Use that wonderful mass transit to your advantage. I'm a former LI'er so I know it's there.

I'm always dumbfound by people not finding rocks. I've got rocks here coming out of my ears. Stone walls, foundations, paths and rocks are continually pushed up to the surface by the frost. I don't have a single rock in my tank. I was rocked out years ago.

The old farm here has 250+ years of my husbands family picking and using rocks and still rocks appear on their own. You should see the old barn foundation I have here. Bigger than a lot of McMansions and entirely out of collected rocks from the fields. I intend to clear the growth from it one of these days and make myself a little picnic table grotto. Be cool with all sorts of dangling plants. Rocks are already moss and lichen covered.
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Kyle, I was having the same problem here in the city. as I thought about the whole idea of collecting things for your tank from your local area, I had the Idea of adding a somewhat urban theme. one thing NYC has no shortage of is bricks! so I found a recently demolished building by my house and collected some broken bricks. boiled'm brined'm, and gave them a light bleach bath, and bam, problem solved. looks quite cool, and screams New York City, so far I like it, its different.

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I just found some goodies (claystones) from New World Fish store on 38th Street & 3rd.
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