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Can anyone think of a reason why faux or natural stone veneer used for siding or interior decorating projects wouldn't be a perfect aquarium background? You would be able to simulate dozens if not hundreds of different looks and would not have to deal with the weight of real rock. This is just an example of any number of web sites selling this material.

http://www.culturedstone.com/

The field stone look awesome.
 

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I'd check with the manufacturer if possible. Ask if it can be used in a fish pond without harming the fish. They may or may not be able, ( or willing to go through the trouble to find out) but it's worth an email or phone call. Definitely looks cool. It said the pigments were made form iron oxides, which doesn't sound all that good though. I don't know if that's a bad thing for the fish or not, but it definitely warrants further investigation.
 

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I've thought about the same thing, but have never followed through with it or done any research about it. If you do, please let us know how it turns out for you! :D
 

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I have a call in to a local guy. Their web site states that they have veneer as thin as 3/16". They are local so I will drive over there this weekend. In bulk it was as low as $3.95 US a square foot. Some of the stuff looks great. I will report back.
 

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Spoke with a guy at this site:

http://www.brickit.com/stoneGallery.asp?cat=13 (Ocala even has shell impressions)

He said it is a concrete product with powdered coloring. The coloring does not leech out but he is not sure what the toxicity might be bacause it is not intended for an aquarium although he was intrigued by the possible use.

He said I could come down and do a vinegar test but what does concrete do to aquarium water chemistry?

The stuff can be bought by the box, around 9-12 sq/ft per box. It is between 6 and 7 buck per square foot.

Still looks great. :fish:
 

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any more info on this?
 

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I contacted the cultured stone people a few months back. They indicated that is was not meant for aquariums or any food products, so safety could not be insured. They indicated that leaching could be an issue. Proceed with caution!
 
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