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Old 05-02-2014, 06:28 PM   #1
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How much did you spend? Decor!

I went to a fish store that was going out of business today. I needed drift wood and slate (angel fish is pregnant and I want to be able to move the eggs into an empty tank a long with the parents). The fish store wanted 1.99lb for the slate the slate ended up being 3 1/2lbs I thought this was a little pricy. Also they wanted $30 dollars for medium/small drift wood. How much did you spend on drift wood?
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My Lfs sells driftwood at a fairly reasonable price, a slightly obscure piece no larger than a brick for $6, I did buy a rather large twisty, manzanita style piece for $21 once... The rocks are pricey though, Texas holey rock is 3-4$ a pound...
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We get out rocks at a rock yard or hardware/garden store, (they sell slate tile) it's usually MUCH cheaper. Driftwood we pick up along the river/stream/tree that's been dead a long time. Also remember, there is no guarantee your Angels are going to lay eggs where you want them too
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Depending on the size of the DW, both of the lfs I frequent sell them for around $25 for something that might fit into a 5g tank, to $150+ for the large pieces that would need a 40"+ long tank. All weighted with slate.

Texas holey rock is $3-4/lb? Holy crap! I could make a killing. That stuff is everywhere around Lake Travis (I live in Austin, TX). I had several large pieces in my old sw tanks. Never saw purple growth like I did on those pieces.
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We get out rocks at a rock yard or hardware/garden store, (they sell slate tile) it's usually MUCH cheaper. Driftwood we pick up along the river/stream/tree that's been dead a long time. Also remember, there is no guarantee your Angels are going to lay eggs where you want them too

I'm hoping they will lay them on the slate. I have a 30 gallon cycling right now that I want to move the angels to once the eggs are laid or as soon as the tank is cycled. I live on the river but all the drift wood I see seems to be rotten or soft.
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They had a medium piece of drift wood at the store about a foot long, and 5in high for $24 on slate. 30% off. The wood was just straight no twist or curves. Should I of boughten it. At first I thought it was a lot but after hearing they can be up to 150 it doesn't seem to bad?
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That sounds like a piece that should be around $20-25 at regular price.
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The holey rock seems pricey. At the sane time $3/lb for petrified wood seems legit.. I do like the way it looks undahhwatahh! I guess those pieces attached to state do get pricey...
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ebay is also a place lots of people get driftwood, you might check there for better prices.
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I would I be better off buying from a LPS, a large chain pet store, or should I search the beach and river for a perfect piece ( probably take forever).
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ebay is also a place lots of people get driftwood, you might check there for better prices.

I have looked on there before but it's hard to picture what it would look like in my tank from just a picture. Measurements are hard to picture.
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My fish store has pretty expensive wood but it looks way cool. I'm still debating whether I should shell out $100 dollars for a huge awesome piece (It's really big and would look sick in my tank) but $100 bucks is a lot for wood...
But other than the massive, odd shaped wood he's actually pretty cheap!
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My lfs was high on the prices so I made my own driftwood. DIY always makes it cheaper than easier.

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A massive piece that looks awesome might be worth $100 to me. But that's definitely a personal thing.

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I almost spent $30 on a rather small piece, it was just shaped quite well. Waiting til I get the new tank cycled before I start dropping any more cash into it. Patience, Mr. S, paaaatience. All in good time. *talking to myself again*

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That cheers me up on wood. pieces of Mongolian vine wood cost me I think $20 to $40 for small-medium pieces that I have bought over time. Larger pieces and some nice mangrove wood (all twisty) is over $100.

Fake rock decorations about the same. Crashed airplanes and sunken ships about $100 to $150. Length is about 1 and a half foot but I think they are pricey.

Most I have ever paid is $9 per cardinal tetra for 10. I reckon gram for gram that's the most expensive fish I've bought.
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Most I have ever paid is $9 per cardinal tetra for 10. I reckon gram for gram that's the most expensive fish I've bought.
holy-moly $9 for a cardinal?!? Ouch. I usually see them ~$3 here. I suppose it's where you are and who's got what. Our RCS are ~$5 a pop which I think is ridiculous for so/so coloration.
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Yeah, that was a little painful. Usually I wait for a special on the fish I want but had a brain-snap.

Plants I've spent a small fortune on. They are say 4 for $16 or so but I usually buy 8 as I know they will get chomped on. I've tried feeding more at night but even when I know the fish didn't really want that last pinch of flakes, two hours later they are working the plants over. I bought water sprite but two days later it was completely gone
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Man, tough luck. Have you tried getting more of the "unappetizing" variety?
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Ouch. One of the two big local pet stores sells cardinal tetras for 6 @ $1.99 each online. They were 5 for a $1 in the store...
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