Question Most affordable way to get multiple tons of rocks?

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I've been doing some extensive research on the process of constructing large ponds. The price of everything seems more than achievable/realistic. The one thing that seems a little absurd is the price of bulk rocks. I did the calculations of all the costs to start a project like this, and rocks make nearly 40% of the total cost if I were to buy from a place like Home Depot. It just seems insane that I'm paying nearly the most for rocks of all things! It's a pretty big project, something like 7,000-10,000 ft3, so it'll be quite a lot of rocks. I was just wondering if there was anyway anyone has gotten loads of rock for a realistic price? Other than digging in your backyard, of course. I don't care if they're not very appealing to the eye, a lot of it would just be filler rocks or for the planned filtration.
 
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Nickguy5467 said:
go to a quary with a pick axe? go on an adventure in the hills pick up rocks put em in your bag? ive never shopped for rocks :p
I did try Quary's and nowadays people charge anywhere from $300-$500 per bed load, which is just about as bad as Home Depot. As for going and getting some myself, I totally would for small-ish projects, but I'd have to gather stones for weeks to acquire 10+ thousand pounds of stone lol. But hey, every little bit adds up, might when I'm bored here and there.
Blueberrybetta said:
I get a ton of river/pond rocks for free from people on facebook or craigslist
I guess I'll have to try and do some snipping, probably the best way to do it for cost effectiveness when you think about it.
 

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or if you live near a river you can probably just walk along it and pick up what you see.. might need to be treated but thats another way
 

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A farmers fence row if you have any close. Its hand pick but their usually happy with $20 for all you want.
 

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