I'm new to this forum and hope to benefit from the knowledge of the more experienced members!
I like to do things myself rather than pay for the store acquired stuff.
I understand that you have to be real careful as to what you put in the Aquarium, but I dont see the differance from using landscape medium for the tanks bottom rather than purchasing Pet Supplies at the ballooned prices. All Rock is not created equal, putting a high Iron content rock in the Aquarium could prove fatal. But is there not alot available out there that is safe?
Same thing for filtration Medium, once you have purchased activated Charcal it is a simple step to recycle the used stuff by reactivating it, a shallow pan, a 350 deg. oven and some time. If I am wrong please let me know!
I don't wish to kill my fish off but it seems silly to me to pay $1.00 / lbs for something i can aquire at $.02/lbs, other than having to buy a lot more than I need. My garden can always use decrotive rock.
I welcome your responses.