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I want rocks....

Would these do?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...5&pcatid=23615

I am planning my second tank, low tech, with an Iwagumi theme. I know they aren't real but can you really tell?


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Personally I wouldnt pay for rocks, check a near by river or stream and get some....
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Personally I wouldnt pay for rocks, check a near by river or stream and get some....

Ha....hmm...I am in NYC. Most water source area is somewhat...hmm...polluted. I do live near the beach but those are sea water...


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Gotcha, then yeah those are okay or if you could find a hardware place that sells almost like landscaping rock, like that go around flower beds, not that NYC has flower beds, but you get the idea. If you can find something like that test the rock with vinegar to see if it fizzes, if it does, DO NOT use that rock it will deteriorate in your aquarium, otherwise if it doesn't fizz soak the rock for a good couple hours, then scrub scrub scrub to get any dirt debris off of the rock them soak some more and repeat. Then let them dry really well just to kill any moss on the rock or what have you, then your ready.

But if you buy from Dr Foster Smith the rock should be pretty good already, I just wanted to give you some info in case you find some without ordering that's what I would do with the rock to make sure it was safe to go in the aquarium.
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Gotcha, then yeah those are okay or if you could find a hardware place that sells almost like landscaping rock, like that go around flower beds, not that NYC has flower beds, but you get the idea. If you can find something like that test the rock with vinegar to see if it fizzes, if it does, DO NOT use that rock it will deteriorate in your aquarium, otherwise if it doesn't fizz soak the rock for a good couple hours, then scrub scrub scrub to get any dirt debris off of the rock them soak some more and repeat. Then let them dry really well just to kill any moss on the rock or what have you, then your ready.

But if you buy from Dr Foster Smith the rock should be pretty good already, I just wanted to give you some info in case you find some without ordering that's what I would do with the rock to make sure it was safe to go in the aquarium.
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No problem, I didn't mean to insult you you most likely knew what I told you but just in case


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No problem, I didn't mean to insult you you most likely knew what I told you but just in case

Hahaah...no, I just thought of a nature preserve near me that I could hunt some rocks there. Not feeling like spending $30 for some fake rocks though....


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You could always go by a landscaping supply store (if they have any in NYC) and look around.
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Some people like us poor people in Florida are stuck paying $2.99 or more a lb for rocks because all we have is sand I stocked up on rocks while I was in NY


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DaveFish has some fantastic, though expensive, lava rocks I bought for my aquarium.
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i agree,,, try to find a landscaping place,,, you can get alot of rocks for pretty cheap... when i lived in NY there used to be some nurseries in college point, and bayside areas,,, also there are a bunch out on LI if you go out that way
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