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vinoth1465 01-29-2009 10:58 AM

slate or flat rock
where can i get slate or flat rocks... for my cichlid tank.

1077 01-29-2009 11:03 AM

Try lawn and garden stores. or places like LOWES.;-)

daisycutter 01-29-2009 11:42 AM

i got a load of slate from the slate cliffs in devon on holiday i can vividly remember packing for the return trip and loading the car up with 25lbs of rock:-D
i dunno about the US but most british garden centers charge by the kg which makes buying rock expensive i would look for a natral source ive never purchased any rockwork despite having it in most of my tanks

jeaninel 01-29-2009 11:46 AM

You can try your local rock and landscape supply. You know, places that sell rock, sand, gravel, etc.

Oldman47 02-01-2009 04:54 PM

In NYC, you can probably find real slate floor tiles at a home improvement store. I break them up to use like this.

yamahog3187 02-05-2009 08:59 PM

We got ours from a tile store in the area. My girlfriend called and asked if he had any slate that she could get a sample or two. He said he had a whole pallet full. He did! We took about 6 pieces and it didn't cost a cent. Later took them out of the aquarium. Just remember that you have to move them and clean under the slate when you vacuum the gravel!

dagizmo19 02-05-2009 10:13 PM

I am probibly going to get mine from a Stone & Brick store in the area, .22/lb which isn't to bad IMO. I would like free tho :)

jdm free 02-15-2009 09:12 AM

what do you have to do to the rock before putting it in the tank? i wanna build a cave outta of rock that i can just find near me. so how do i clean it?

Oldman47 02-21-2009 10:16 AM

I just use a scrub brush to get the dirt off. I do not use rocks from lawns or similar places that5 might have been sprayed with weed killers or bug sprays.

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