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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-19-2006, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know the technical name for the rocks he (Amano) uses in his tanks?

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There are some different Japanese names. Fujishi ( dark volcanic) and I'm guessing its from Mt. Fuji. Another is called Sieryruski and refers to thin jagged rocks pointing at sharp angles from the substrate. A third I read about is called Mantenseki and refers to more flat weathered rocks from millions of years of erosion.





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Thanks Bob.
Now how about this. Anyone have a source besides ADA, to purchase such rocks?
I did a search and came up with nothing, I think I may have to take a drive up to Northern California and visit Jeff, and while I'm picking up the rocks, maybe pickup a new small rimless tank

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I would think that you could find something in the mountains for free, or in a stream bed if you want the more smooth weathered rock.. Thats what I'm planning on doing as I contemplate launching a new 50 or 65G. I'm going to be sure to splash some muriatic acid on to make sure its inert to be safe.

Probably the upright jagged would be near glaciers or scree slopes and should be igneous (sp?) type rock... ( just a guess there). You can see lots of Amano pics of these type of tanks in The Aquatic Gardener which is published by the Aquatic Gardeners Assoc. I just joined it and I'm glad I did. A lot of info in a very small rag.





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Living anywhere out west, I don't think you should have a problem finding interesting rocks. When I visited my brother in Montana about 10 years ago, I found all sorts of neat rocks for aquarium use. And northern CA, being a volcanic area, should be good hunting grounds.

Better than PA. Here we ususally have the choice between sandstone and shale. Both of which are just lovely (dripping with sarcasm).
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I'm also thinking about checking out a few stone yards, I was able to score the 3 pieces of granite that I have now, they just don't have that jagged character I'm looking for.
Plus I'm sure the rocks from the ADA shop are a small fortune.

So the hunt begins.

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