I need some rocks to tie annubias/swords/java fern onto

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by petaddiction, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. petaddictionWell Known MemberMember

    hey guys-
    just wondering where you guys get rocks from? I need some rocks to tie annubias/swords/java fern onto but I'm not sure where to get some.

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  2. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    You can look on beaches & streams etc, or if you're willing to pay for them a lot of Lfs have them.
    If you collect from outside make sure they're thoroughly cleaned before use, boiling water will kill most nasties

  3. petaddictionWell Known MemberMember

    what about craft stores?

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  4. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Craft stores tend to sell "pretty" rocks with veins in them & unless you know what those veins are they could affect your Ph & some may contain heavy metals or copper that could affect your fish & kill inverts
  5. Machine11Well Known MemberMember

    I cut the fake plants I had off and used the weight on the bottom

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  6. petaddictionWell Known MemberMember


    I don't really feel comfortable finding rocks & not knowing what type of rocks they are and how they will affect my ph in the tank.

    Thanks! There's sadly no weights for me to use. I'm just starting up this tank. :(

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  7. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    If you aren't comfortable pulling from outside (I'm with you on that one), you can always look up some of the online aquascaping stores. It will definitely be more expensive, but you can sleep soundly knowing it won't mess with your chemistry and water quality. I, personally, am a huge fan of Seiryu stones. I have about 15 lbs of them sitting in my basement. If you buy a few more from folks than you think you will use, you can be more selective in the shapes and sizes you put in your tank.
  8. Fishy FriendsWell Known MemberMember

    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  9. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    I get all of my rocks out of the river by my house. I clean them multiple times with a scrub brush and hot water. After I make sure they are absolutely clean I put them in a 5 gallon bucket and pour boiling water over them. I then also soak them in another water bucket dosed with prime for 24 hours.

    I was also told once that if you pour some vinegar on the rock and if it bubbles do not use the rock.

    I have been collecting rocks from the river for my tanks for over a year now and haven't seen a change in my PH at all. I live in Northeast PA and get them out of the Susquehanna River.
  10. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    It probably depends a lot on location as to whether or not its worth the risk. I live outside of a major city and I wouldn't trust the water ways for anything. Same if living near farm lands that use pesticides.
  11. petaddictionWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah I don't really trust all the pollution and stuff in the rivers.
    I could use slate I guess. Can you get slate from Home Depot or something?
    I don't need anything too big, I just need something small that I can tie java fern/annubias onto because I can't plant them into the substrate.

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  12. RivieraneoModeratorModerator Member

    Fishing weights are usually made of lead or stainless steel, are there ones made of plastic or of a material that has not potential of leaching into the water ? :;sh

    I've personally only used rock bought at LFS's
  13. str8shooterValued MemberMember

    Alot of the big stores like wal-mart sell rocks. I dont know how big you need but they have about 1-3 inch rocks. Its on the smaller side but they arnt super expensive.

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  14. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    Agreed. It probably depends on your location.
  15. petaddictionWell Known MemberMember


    Okay thanks. Hm not sure where I'll end up getting them but we'll see.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2014
  16. Fishy FriendsWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention - I should have mentioned they were non-lead (& kinda cute too)
    I edited my post☺ Here is the again -

  17. guthrieb08Valued MemberMember

    Go to a garden supply store and see if they have some of the stones for doing the outside of a garden or driveway or a landscaping store
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  18. dgmirageValued MemberMember

    i was in the same situation as you not long ago. i went to a hardware store and they suggested a pond store not too far away. they had a ton to choose from. good luck!
  19. Bob EllisValued MemberMember

    One can purchase tungsten fishing weights. Much friendlier than lead.

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