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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2006, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Economics 101: Get free stuff when you can

I've been looking at rocks/slate for not only my planted tank, but also for building the cave system for my 46G cichlid tank. I just couldn't see spending $3.00/pound that a lot of places around here were asking. Then I talked to a guy who comes into my store quite a bit and he was telling me about a place you can go around here leading up to a quarry where there's literally piles of slate along the road.

Today, the wife and I decided to check it out. The first two roads were closed off and posted with no trespassing signs. We were about to give up when we saw a back road. We drove up a mile or so, and there was the motherload. Light was starting to fade, so loaded what we could in about 15 minutes. Here's our treasure in a 30 gallon tub:



Need to do quite a bit of cleaning on it, but well worth the trip for us. We're thinking of heading back later this week.
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Many years ago, this is what we did when we built a waterfall for my grandmothers Koi pond. We drove to the mountains and collected pieces off the side of the road where they had blasted through. We got many large pieces that were 100 lbs plus.

Canít do that anymore. All the rock is cleared and I often wonder if it all went to someones backyard or fish tank. Then again, even though the rock cause no problems for my grandmothers pond, I wonder if I would use any if there was any left. The thought of it sitting for 20 years in exhaust and oil would make me want to leave it.
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Looks a lot like what I have around my pond... Backroads leading to creeks out in the county... Beautiful rocks!! And definitely the right price!!
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Free is good, in fact it is one of the best four letter words!
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Wont slate and or shale disolve in the water of aquariums? I always thought slate to be a very soft rock that wouldnt last long submerged.
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Wont slate and or shale disolve in the water of aquariums? I always thought slate to be a very soft rock that wouldnt last long submerged.

Ever hear of a slate roof?
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Shale is much softer than slate. I doubt that the shale that was the bedrock behind the house I used to own would last a week submerged. And, my impression of it, from playing around with the chunks from the pool diggers efforts, was that it contained a bit of petroleum.

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There are oil bearing shale deposits. But most shale doesn't contain any petroleum.

Shale is a pretty broad category. You can have shale with a very high amount of carbonates or have it with none.
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We have a lot of road that are dug out of hills. On either side of the road you will find slate lining the walls. I have been so temped to go out and load up, but I' m afraid someone will see me and I'll end up arrested.
your so lucky.

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