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Artificial rocks

Postby Livvie15 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:39 pm

Hey is there any way I can get a load of artificial rock work safe for my Malawis? It’ll be a lot better with the weight I struggle with. It’s going to be super expensive though if I just buy loads of aquarium ornament type one from the shops.


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Re: Artificial rocks

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:18 pm

Artificial rocks cost more than aquarium ornaments. Also if you have enough of them to take the place of rocks...they are heavy too.

You could buy tons of 3" terra cotta flower pots (unused) and stack them up if you don't care about aesthetics. They are about $1.50 each.
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Re: Artificial rocks

Postby Arps1978 » Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:58 am

Hi Livvie, I am also in Wales. I have found rock on gumtree such as Pennant stone etc which is far cheaper to buy from a stonemason who has stuff left over than buy from an aquarium shop. I have also found rocks and stone around streams which I have soaked in boiling water and scrubbed clean.
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Re: Artificial rocks

Postby Arps1978 » Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:45 am

This is my current set up...
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Re: Artificial rocks

Postby T_Waters » Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:01 pm

Nice!
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Re: Artificial rocks

Postby Livvie15 » Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:57 am

Arps1978 wrote:Hi Livvie, I am also in Wales. I have found rock on gumtree such as Pennant stone etc which is far cheaper to buy from a stonemason who has stuff left over than buy from an aquarium shop. I have also found rocks and stone around streams which I have soaked in boiling water and scrubbed clean.

Thank you! I found a few rocks in the woods (naughty I know [FACE WITH STUCK-OUT TONGUE AND TIGHTLY-CLOSED EYES]) which are doing well.

Arps1978 wrote:This is my current set up...


That looks really lush! How many litres is it?
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Re: Artificial rocks

Postby Arps1978 » Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:35 pm

Just over 300 litres. I've noticed though that so much fish waste gets caught up in the dead spots so thinking of changing design a little to get a siphon or turkey baster in there!
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