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Discussion in 'Equipment & DIY Ideas' started by WendyFish, Dec 24, 2011.

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  1. WendyFish

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    Hey anyone know a good place to pick up some new rock to fill out our new tank?

    We are domg holey rock for the tropheus, but want something else for the Munda tank. Ideally something like a white or light color limestone/sandstone? Our local garden supply place tends not to have a huge selection.

    We want something vaguely rectangular, rather than round to facilitate stacking, we like very large high stacks of rock...
     
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    White or sandy stuff may be found near creeks or construction sites.
     
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    If you don't want to get stuff from the "wild", I'd suggest Irwin Stone. I know they have locations in Rockville and Frederick, and they have really good prices on stuff if you aren't buying a ton (literally). The last time I was in, I picked up a few slate pavers to use around the house, and they let me have a bucket of large river rocks for nothing. They sell if by the ton, so the 20 pounds or so that I had was less than 2 dollars.
     
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    +1 on Irwin.
     
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    I was eye-ing some of the limestoney pieces lining the path to Wooton Mills Park the other day...

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    Thanks for the tip on Irwin, visited them today and it was awesome. Came away with more than enough rock, really cheap, and they were super nice.
     
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    Glad it worked out for you. Did you find a location closer to home or did you go to Rockville?
     
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    LOL, Don't do it Matt! Wouldn't want someone on the ACA BOT behind bars!
     
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    Went to Rockville. All the good fish stuff seems to be in MD so we've gotten used to it. As long as the beltway is ok it's an easy ride. So, 50/50. :p
     
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    Would rip rap(?) be ok to use? I saw an ad in the paper that a construction co was giving it extra supply away free.
     
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    Yes Shawn. They are inert also, if you are talking about the dark grey ones
     
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    Cool I'll have to look up the contractors. Not sure of the color. It's the same stuff they dump along the banks to prevent erosion.
     
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    The only time you have to worry about rocks leaching minerals is if you keep soft water/low Ph species. If you keep neutral or hard water species you shouldn't worry about it.
    It is important to check the surface of the rocks for potential exterior chemical contaminants (from road sides, industrial sites, suspicious creeks/rivers, etc).
    In any case, a good brush off will take care of it, in addition to boil them.
     
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    Good to know! Thanks Paul. :happy0180:
     

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