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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 96
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 03:11 pm:       

I think I am getting a good deal on some gravel from a local landscaping company. Let me know what you think (or what you've paid). I've never been a fan of that painted or varnished stuff in the retail stores myself. Au natural!!

If I bring them my own 5-gallon bucket, they will fill it to the top for $5!! Does that sound like a good deal?

I'm not sure how much that would weight, but I'm guessing that it would weigh at least 50 lbs, maybe more. . .
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 801
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 03:26 pm:       

You can get 50lbs at home depot for about $4 not that big a difference Id choose based on which I found more attractive
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Brad
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Post Number: 1742
Registered: 03-2005


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 03:40 pm:       

Relative. Even if the going rate is 2$ for a full bucket, but you like this stuff better, do you really care that you spent 3$ more?

Compensate, don`t you have a planted tank? Is this the same tank?
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flyingfish
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Post Number: 331
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 07:05 pm:       

LOL. I just paid like 30 bucks for 50 pounds.
Estes natural stone.

Oh I did make an effort but the large plant nursery and rock quarry... places with big selections are closed this time of year I assume...the gates were closed on saturday afternoon.
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rob
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Post Number: 333
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 07:32 pm:       

closed weekends maybe?
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cindy
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Post Number: 9668
Registered: 05-2003


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 09:31 pm:       

I pay $4-8 per 50 pound bag at the outdoor places here. They are open year round here (St. Louis area) but with more restrictive hours in the winter.

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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 805
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 11:04 pm:       

The estes natural stone is really attractive I have it in my oscar tank,I actually think it was worth it,slightly darker than most of the landscape stone for that jungle look I was going for
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 332
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 08:09 am:       

I cant argue with you Larry, the stone looks great. I am happy they still had the same kind.

I was mainly checking out the nursery and quarry for larger stones to build caves. You guys are probably right about the hours. I can just go creek shopping when it gets warmer. That should make up for the slaying I got on the gravel pricing.
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 100
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 08:10 am:       

Yes, I am working on getting all supplies for a planted tank. I've already got two bags of Seachem Flourite and will mix it with the landscaping gravel for my substrate.

I'll probably have it set up with some plants and my 10g fish before I leave for Florida next Wednesday morning . . . maybe . . .

Isn't it amazing how much the typical store-bought aquriaum gravel costs?
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compensate
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Post Number: 101
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 08:11 am:       

I'll check Home Depot or Lowes, too, Larry!! I used to work for Home Depot a few years ago . . .
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Brad
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Post Number: 1754
Registered: 03-2005


Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 09:59 am:       

A nice cheap substrate for plants is Soilmaster select. You can find it at Lesco. Grey, red green or brown. Like 20$ for a 50lbs bag. Similar to Flourite. Almost exactly the same as Schultz.
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Christine
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Username: christine

Post Number: 1110
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 06:43 pm:       

Sorry to butt in, but is there a dark/black aquarium-safe gravel sold at landscaping places?

Exactly what type of gravel are you buying? Is pretty much any gravel safe? (except that which may contain limestone)
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 809
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 07:52 pm:       

Ive been using "delaware river gravel" comes in a few grades Ive been using the small.I also use pool filter sand,course enough to use a gravel vac on and looks like it would be great for rooted plants.I rinsed them both ALOT before using.Havent seen any dark or black colors,if anybody does Id like to hear about it too.
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 116
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 07:54 am:       

I will check on dark/black gravel when I go to my local landscaper this weekend . . .
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 155
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 09:41 am:       

No such luck on dark/black natural gravel at my local landscaper yard.

I went ahead and bought a 5-gal bucket of the smallest stuff they had for $5 (weighed 65 lbs including bucket weight).

But, the more I look at it, the more I worry it will not be a good substrate. It has some small shells in it (I can tediously pick them out, but it probably still has some residue throughout the gravel) and some sharp pieces - looks like very small piece of slate. I worry about my Yo Yo Botia (and his soon-to-be-buddies I will buy) hurting his barbels.

The next smallest rock they have is a light tan smooth, round stone. Each stone is rounded, but a little eliptical and about 1/2 inch in diameter. This seems a bit large, but it will definitely be easier on the Yo Yos when they are rooting through the substrate.

Any thoughts on larger smooth gravel for a planted tank?

I may trade for this gravel.
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 161
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 02:19 pm:       

Please help with my botia vs gravel type issue!

I am leaving work in about 2 hours and will trade out gravel at that time, if needed. I don't get lots of free time and have to make the best of it when I can.
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 898
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 05:45 pm:       

If youre worried about sharp edges go with the pool filter sand or spring the$ for the estes
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 516
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 06:29 pm:       

I was going to say the same thing but I already said it. I dont know about substrate and quite honestly think in the aquarium its just something for the roots to take hold of. I didnt want to go out on a limb suggesting plain jane rocks for plant substrate because I dont know. You cant have wood chips or any other messy items like that. Plain jane rocks for me..I use the estes cause they look awesome and clean up well, they are like teflon coated cookware.
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 164
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:01 am:       

Is the Estes natural stone a brand found in many LFS?
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 523
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 12:03 pm:       

Yes...its in every lfs ive been to so far. I got mine from Petco because they had the 25lbs bags.

Its not that painted stuff...it looks like real rocks it is shiny in the bag but looks dull when wet...really natural.
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 173
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 12:16 pm:       

OK. I'll probably check it out, after the Home Depot stop first.

I am probably NOT going to be using the second bag of Flourite after all the rinsing I have done already trying to get the first bag ready for the tank! I think I will go back to all-gravel substrates - that's all I used in my tanks as a teenager and I had good results with my plants then . . .
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 176
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 04:03 pm:       

Went to Home Depot - their gravel looked almost identical to the stuff I got from the landscaper yard, minus the shell fragments. It had a comination of small round and sharp rocks mixed.

Went to PetSmart - all they carry is TopFin gravel that was not impressive to me.

I may just use what I have, sorting out the shell fragments.
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 187
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 03:06 pm:       

Went to the very good LFS (Aquatic Critter) and they carry the Estes brand gravel. A 25-lb. bag was $14.99. If I buy it, I will have to delay getting some plants and fish and I am getting way too impatient for that.

But, at least I can get Estes gravel for future aquatic endeavors.
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