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Aquascaping Rock Help :D

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by Daniel Unique Name, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. Daniel Unique Name

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    Hello, Hello Everyone.
    I could use some of your advice on the CHEAPEST aquarium safe aquascaping rocks you know of. By safe I mean of course no asphalt and no kryptonite ;) but also wouldnt effect my ph, kh, gh ect in a negative way. Basically inert. I'm brand new to adding large rocks to aquariums and Instead of reading up on 100 different rocks and listing off a huge list to every rock supplier in town and checking prices, I was hoping to get a boost from the community.

    Does anyone know of a few names of the cheapest large 6-10in+ rocks that are basically inert? I've read granite and SOME slate is inert and really cheap but any even cheaper would be a huge help and save me so much time. Looks honestly have no role as I plan to paint them black and am still studying to find the cheapest aquarium safe paint for the job.

    So far KRYLON FUSION for plastic is the best way to go but would rather find something for rocks.

    Thanks for everything guys, this is the last thing and the aquarium gift will be ready for Christmas!

    Merry Christmas Everyone! :D
     
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    Well, it depends on where you live as to what rocks might be readily available. Limestone & sandstones are a no. Granite & slate usually are ok...& then then there's those "dragonstone", "ohkostone (?) etc specialty LFS/Amano pricey rocks. Lava (black or red) rocks are often ok. Rocks are often local, it's expensive to ship them. I'd say beware iron-ish red streaks or flaky asbestos.

    I'm no geologist, that's just my experience.
     
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    fishorama basically said it all. Whatever rocks are locally quarried are usually the cheapest, although in my case they are stupidly hard to find. So for me delaware river rocks are a great cheap option and they happen to come in every size. But down in SC granite is ridiculously cheap, they use in their drainage ditches *cry*. But let's not forget the cheapest option, collecting rocks yourself.

    Why are you painting them? I do not know that any paint would work well on stone in the aquarium. Paint chips off rocks so easily outside the aquarium. If you want black rocks basalt, lava and feather rocks are the cheaper options.
     
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    I use dried reef rock AKA "dryrock" most good fish stores stock it but you can find it cheaper online in google searches

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