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Hardscape Rocks on E-bay

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by justo-23, Jan 20, 2011.

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Would you purchase Hardscaping rocks on E-Bay

Poll closed Mar 23, 2011.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Through some other means... explain.

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  1. justo-23

    justo-23 New Member

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    I am just curious as to any potential interest in my desire to put rocks up for sell on E-Bay...

    I love hiking and rock-hounding, and have seen many unique & interesting pieces whilst on said hikes. The thought has often occurred to me "take that one", only to have my wife say "don't we have enough rocks?"

    UPDATE->->-> 1-22-2011

    Today between snow storms, i went looking for suitable rocks for my upcoming aquascape. I found two pieces that were of interest to me the tall one stands 11" tall and the one laying down measures 13.5" long and 9" at its widest point. They weigh 15 lbs. and 16.5 lbs respectively... pictures feature a compact disc, 2x4 wood scrap, and ipod touch for size comparison.

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  2. Mojojojo

    Mojojojo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    just got some Dragonstone online, soooo, yes...if the quality was decent and the price was right :)
     
  3. royvd

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    hmm guess not.
    i realy want to hold it before i buy.
    and think of how i can place it in my tank..
     
  4. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    I have purchased rocks on ebay. I think that as long as enough pictures are posted, so that we have an idea of what the rock looks like and the dimensions then it is ok.
     
  5. justo-23

    justo-23 New Member

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    I don't have anything that fancy here... lol... but i would have rocks in sets w/ pic.s and something like a coke can for size reference. same w/ individual stones.
     
  6. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    nope, in fact I will not buy rock or wood online. I need to touch it, turn here and there and imagine whether it can be use on my scape or not. Also size whether it match my current rock/wood or not
     
  7. royvd

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    compeletely agree with that.
    i need to get a picture from what it wil/can look like
     
  8. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    For me there are 2 options buying online:

    1. I see pictures and I can select what i buy, those pieces are more pricey
    2. I can't see what the pieces look like, I purchase much more than I need and use only the best pieces. Those pieces are less expansive and in the sum I get more hardscape for same money. And sometimes you get very interesting pieces you wouldn't have bought from a picture.

    I recently purchased some Driftwood from pictures. It was expansive but I'm lucky I've been able to choose from pictures. The second time I purchased a huge load of seriyu stones, no need to worry about shape when you buy a load of them
     
  9. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    We in europe would be in trouble then, the best pieces of wood come from the US, manzanita for example. Where would I get it otherwise?

    Seiryu stone and dragon stone? We don't have it here in the UK..

    I see it as a fun to buy hardscape online. For example, have you see the amazing pieces that GLA has at the moment? Stunning..

    Also managed to get a box from Tom Barr full of good quality wood, trying now to get a second box.
    Was it expensive? yep.
    Was it amazing quality, better that what I would see on the shops? YEP!!
    Would I do it again? Trying.. :)
     
  10. justo-23

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    updated... pic.s @ first post :D
     
  11. EFM

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    No way! neither for driftwood. even if the rock is 25 cents + its weight in shipping! thats crazy, all you need to do is go and have some fun outside, you'll find what you are looking for.

    In a store could be "ok" as long as doesn't cost more than $1.
     
  12. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I would and have purchased wood and stones online. The region of north dakota I live in is a big flat mud hole with a river, not much for rocks or trees. Online is the only source I have, although it can be tough to get exactly what you want
     
  13. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    Maybe use the forum for that effect? :)

    I am waiting for 15kg of rocks that were picked up from the Azores.. :
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    There are people on the forum from all over the world, so make use of it, and get some hardscape from your fellow members. :D
     
  14. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd love to use forum members, but international shipping on rocks has to be outrageous.

    my grandfather used to joke when i was young that for a christmas gift he got me a box of rocks, now that i aquascape I would love to receive a nice box of rocks!
     
  15. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    I just got mine delivered now, and they look amazing. :=D>

    The good thing about rocks is that they do not go off, or break, unless we do it on purpose, so something like this can last a long time and be reused over and over again in a variety of settings.
     
  16. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    very true, and a larger selection means better scapes. nothing worse than knowing what kind of rock you would want in a place and not having something that will work.
     
  17. lalmeida

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    Hey, this photograph was taken on the ground in my backyard ;)
    Now those are international stones...:D
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  18. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    Yep..

    Got them lined up and from photographs, they look very similar to Hakkay stones. I choose round ones, but I am sure that there are other shapes to find.

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    Obviously only after scapping with them can we be 100% sure, but so far they look the part. :)

    So thanks Senhor Almeida for shipping the rocks. :=D>

    I am a strong believer in buying items online, either from reputable shops or from friends.
     
  19. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi Luis,

    You're welcome.

    In my aquarium "Stream of basalt" you can see stones which looks like a lot with the Hakkay stones. It is relativelly easy to find here stones with those shapes.

    Looking forward to see them under water! :)

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  20. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    Finally used them on a scape, in Holland.

    This is how they look underwater:
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