Rocks, Rocks, More Rocks...

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by Silister Trench, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Silister TrenchWell Known MemberMember

    Anyone else have pictures of their hunting grounds for hardscape?

    Went out on a walk to see if I could find some cool stones. There's 30 different kinds and very few are great. Those that may be are too big.



    Kind of cool but ... meh...



    Ever seen a zebra rock as large as a man's torso?



    Waters too cold to look around in it.

  2. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    I have gotten rocks from digging my garden and from a stream that goes through a park where I used to live. No pictures though, sorry.
  3. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    There's a stream that runs through my neighborhood that I go snooping around in. I get lots of strange looks :D

    Most of the stones are very small and almost semi transparent looking. Good for maybe biotopes, though not what I'm looking for.


    I was able to find a few larger ones like these, maybe for the spec tank. Problem is, I think this group consists of two different types of rock. We'll have to see though, I've still got my eyes set on dragonstone.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2017
  4. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    After you get a rock from the wild, the best thing to do is pour some vinegar on it, if it fizzes it is harmful to the water chemistry, if not, then you are fine to use it after you wash it off.
  5. Silister TrenchWell Known MemberMember

    Nice! Great pictures, and looks like an awesome hunting ground! Looks like the ground is just littered with chunks of rose quartz!

    You've got a few different variety there. The green and gray on the up left look like granite and the bottom two or three look like gneiss, or maybe just dirtied up granites. No idea about the middle gray one and the left.

    Just a guess.
  6. NamtabWell Known MemberMember

    Are any rock types "harmful" in the sense that they will hurt or kill your fish without altering the water chemistry? (Such as veins of copper or heavy metals?)

    I have a creek that I probably will go snooping around in but would like to know what NOT to grab.

    *Edit: found kind of what I was looking for here:  
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  7. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I have heard of certain rocks with veins causing damage, but I do not know much more than that, sorry.