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Rocks or Driftwood?

Hi I'm getting ready to start the hardscape in my 24 gallon aquapod. I will be using ADA Amazonia for substrate but I can't decide if I want to go with rocks or driftwood or both? The LFS has a bunch of Old Blackwood for sale right now and I have a piece in my other tank and it looks great. For rocks I'm pretty limited since they don't have much, And I always feel dumb paying fish store prices for rocks and driftwood.

I will be putting in either Goo Obos or Dwarf Puffers so I need to create hiding places for them.

Also I can't decide on a scape? SHoudl I try playing with some sand this time? I'm afraid my Aquasoil will just get all mixed up eventualy... I'm thinking to have most of the scape in the center of the cube, with swimming aread around the sides and front.
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I would take time and consider all the rocks and driftwood and petrified wood being sold on ebaY and aquabid.
insist on pictures and measurements, and I'm sure you'll make much better choices there than at the LPS.
with USPS $8.10 flat rate boxes, 20+ pounds of rocks can be shipped very cheaply these days.
you can always do the furniture last, and use your substrate to focus on plant establishment and growth.

personally, I'm looking to combine manzanita twigs with petrified wood rock for my tank.
sorry, that idea does not offer many hiding places.
I fear any elaborate driftwood would steal too much light away from my plants.

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I would take time and consider all the rocks and driftwood and petrified wood being sold on ebaY and aquabid.
insist on pictures and measurements, and I'm sure you'll make much better choices there than at the LPS.
with USPS $8.10 flat rate boxes, 20+ pounds of rocks can be shipped very cheaply these days.
you can always do the furniture last, and use your substrate to focus on plant establishment and growth.
Yea I could do that, but I'm not super worried about growing plants. When I search rocks or stones I'm not pullin anything up. I thik I may already have some petrified wood I could put in, but I'm not certain. I find it hard to buy driftwood or rocks online as I never know exactly what it is going to look like. Or what types of rocks would look good in my tank.
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Landscapers have cheaper prices for rocks than your LFS and will probably have a lager selection.


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Landscapers have cheaper prices for rocks than your LFS and will probably have a lager selection.
You mean stores like Home Deop or Lowes? Afraid I have never been to a landscaping store...
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Most mid sized cities have a rock farm. They have landscaping stone. I went to a tree place here in Lubbock Texas, got the same stone that the lfs was selling for 2.00 a lb for 29 cents a lb. Most will have a rubble pile too, that makes for a great bargain. Try you local nursery and they will probably be able to direct you.
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