I had been wanting some slate for a while now. But the fish store nearby that sells is wants too much. Man! And they're just rocks!
While I was visiting my mom two weeks ago I went to a local mercantile store and bought a 32 lbs slab of it for under $8. :)
I just took a hammer to it and it produced a plethora of nice pieces.
I went back to PetCo the other day to get more Chameleon plants (Houttuynia cordata) but they must have been in their water for a while. In fact, nearly all of the plants looked like crap.
Of course it's not my only option for plants, but I like their slender stalks and ease (and speed) of growth. "Real" fish stores don't seem to carry this species. <grimace> So if nothing else, I'll do some trimming and replant the clippings. They'll grow that way, too. That's where the three somewhat-distant stalks came from. What I have now, though, has grown so tall I don't really want to stifle it.
I didn't ask about their shoddy looking plants though. Maybe I should have.
I also snagged a ziplock bag of peat moss from my mom's garage. I want to put that in my filter to help the loaches when I move them in, but I just read that it can tint the water. Hmm... I'm not sure if I want to deal with that.
Plus, I have to get up the nerve at WalMart to look for and buy some panty hose. ;)