Certain species of freshwater fish need to be kept in a heavily stone based aquarium as that is their natural environment.
The nice thing about stone yards is that often times (but not always) you can find a great selection of what they refer to as "exotic rock" or "specimen boulder" that offers a lot more options for someone looking for a unique approach to hardscaping than you will find in any LFS. Even if you did buy online, most of the rocks offered are ADA types. Which limits you to like four/five kinds. Nothing wrong with those rocks, they are fairly nice but they don't give great many scaping options. And they cost way too much compared to what stoneyards will charge per lb. For example, I have in the past purchased Yamaya stone and honestly when I received it I was so underwhelmed- it's basically granite rubble or riprap as the stoneyards will call it. I won't even go into how much more expensive manually pocketed volcanic rock for aquaria costs versus naturally pocketed lava rock from stoneyards.
KORDON MIST AIR AQUARIUM AIRSTONES are the highest quality aerators available for aquarium and pond keeping. They are for both general and specialized use by the discriminating aquarist who wants premium quality, performance that excels all others, and lifetime service.
Aquarium stones for sale – 1LB per order
Package includes: 1 x Aquarium Cichlid Stones
While adding rocks or stone to an aquarium is becoming a very popular trend, it is always wise to do a little research before purchasing or collecting random rocks. Make sure that your rocks are fish and aquarium friendly. If you have trouble with selecting your rocks or identifying them, you can ask your local aquarist for assistance. Always clean any rock before adding them and if you have done all that you can do to ensure your rocks are safe, then add a twist with a rocky vengeance to your tank. They are guaranteed to make any tank look breath-taking.Now my only dilemma is figuring out how to stack them in my aquarium. I plan on a stack on each side of my aquarium. Do you think I need to glue/silicone these stones together. I will probably buy a few more large ones at the Capitol aquarium here in Sacramento. I went down there last weekend to get a peek at the stones but they only had one box out and did not want it opened. Capitol does not seem to eager/aggressive in selling the stones.I have 36 stones in all. 10 of the large stones, 16 medium stones and 10 small stones. I am impressed with the workmanship of the stones. They are very very realistic. Once in the aquarium most people will probably assume they are real stones. They are also very very light weight.To decorate your aquarium quickly and easily, simply purchase a bag of stones, either in a single color or multicolor and spread them on the bottom. Voila! The aquarium is decorated. Consider using stones to match the accent colors of the room!