Collecting Rocks to Aquascape my 125 gallon Fish Tank.

Today we look at the first part of aquascaping, which is collecting the rocks for the hardscape. I go to a nearby Stream called George's Creek, at Prettyboy Reservoir, to look for them. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (https://www.youtube.com/editor)

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Today we look at the first part of aquascaping, which is collecting the rocks for the hardscape. I go to a nearby Stream called George's Creek, at Prettyboy Reservoir, to look for them. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (https://www.youtube.com/editor)

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Alex Salgado
Alex Salgado - 5 years ago
How do u clean the rocks ?
Alex Salgado
Alex Salgado - 5 years ago
I gat rocks like that i wash them and the next day the water was dirty again
Alex Salgado
Alex Salgado - 5 years ago
I gat rocks like that i wash them and the next day the water was dirty again
2DebbieDoo
2DebbieDoo - 5 years ago
Hi Dan, I hope this finds you and yours well. I recently went to see my folks in Az and found some beautiful Jasper. (green, red, blue) I am wondering if a 35 pound rock is too heavy to put in my 125 gal? It will have about 3-4 inches of sand layer under it. It measures approx. 12"x10"x6" Do you think that's too heavy for the area it will occupy? My dad actually drove me back to Ohio so I could have this piece of Jasper (and a few others, lol) for my new aquarium. I just couldn't figure out a way to get the rocks and my clothes on the plane! LOL (yes, It would appear I am a tiny bit spoiled :0)~ Thanks!!!
ACMDevils
ACMDevils - 5 years ago
snakes alert
SpitnGames
SpitnGames - 5 years ago
last time I did this I found a dead body
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 5 years ago
That sucks.
Carlos Torres
Carlos Torres - 5 years ago
How much mopani wood and rocks can you add to a 55 gallon tank
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 5 years ago
I don't know a weight limit, but a lot.
Gmac's Outdoors
Gmac's Outdoors - 5 years ago
You're pretty close to me! I fish Prettyboy sometimes! I live in Baltimore County!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 5 years ago
+Gmac's Outdoors Not in a long time, but I've been there. I drove past it yesterday.
Gmac's Outdoors
Gmac's Outdoors - 5 years ago
One of my best friends lives up there, and so does my hunting buddy! Small world! Ever go to CTE Aquatics?
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 5 years ago
I'm near Hampstead.
Benny castillo Moreno
Benny castillo Moreno - 5 years ago
I put rock in my tank last night I change the water in tank my gobe dragon like to move the small rock but he was not moveing rock the water is cold so I change the water and he started to move rock again
Jose Perez
Jose Perez - 5 years ago
Did you test these rocks to see if they would change anything in a small bottle of water such as an aquarium??
don wood
don wood - 5 years ago
muriatic acid works well.
Turd Sniffing Monkey
Turd Sniffing Monkey - 5 years ago
Dan Hiteshew
I tried cleaning my rocks in bleach water, just wanted everything clean so I also threw in my fish thinking it would be fun for them to get any parasites off and take a nice bubble bath. They swam around in the bleach water and in the morning they were nice an white, squeakey clean.
I put them in my tank but I should have added more bleach because a weird fungus attacked them while they were sleeping. They liked sleeping on the filter intake for some reason and never really moved. It was strange
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 5 years ago
No. I test using acetic acid (vinegar). As long as there is no reaction (foam or bubbles) then the rocks shouldn't affect pH. They may have trace minerals or metals, but I've never had any issues.
Also, the rocks around here are all pretty much the same composition, so I just kinda know what ones are safe in my tanks.
chad osimer
chad osimer - 6 years ago
Thanks for this useful info

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robert storm
robert storm - 6 years ago
fantastic film im need that keep going gl
Alex Cordovez
Alex Cordovez - 6 years ago
Lucky you man! i want to go to a river or something like that to collect rocks aswell
John M
John M - 6 years ago
Dan, thanks great stuff. For all of your subscribers that are from the NY area I have a spot where I collect my rocks that I would like to share with you. At the tip of the North Fork is Orient Point. That beach is a gold mine of assorted rocks that I have been collecting over the past year or so. You may also like it. Good luck!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
ok. NY is a bit of a drive for me though. I'm about 3 hours from NYC.
This place in the video is about 11 minutes. Lol
I'm glad you enjoy. happy collecting! you should post some videos.
MASS Aquariums
MASS Aquariums - 6 years ago
Nice rocks dude. I love rock collecting.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
thanks man! me too.
0
0 - 6 years ago
nice rock collection, keep us updated & as always happy fish keeping
AquaJoe
AquaJoe - 6 years ago
I wish i had those rocks, they look fantastic! You're so lucky to have such a great resource for rocks and driftwood. Your tank is going to look awesome.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+AquaJoe Thanks. I hope so.
dogglet1234
dogglet1234 - 6 years ago
you should get a transparent tube so u can take a look at the bkgf
dogglet1234
dogglet1234 - 6 years ago
damn and I need to buy this rocks for 10 Dollars per kg
Robin`s aquarium
Robin`s aquarium - 6 years ago
Great to have a place like that!
BeastlyBrandon11
BeastlyBrandon11 - 5 years ago
Robin`s aquarium 200th subscription
Brian's Pet's
Brian's Pet's - 6 years ago
That's the best way to get rock. Much better selection then the pet store.
Brian's Pet's
Brian's Pet's - 6 years ago
+Dan Hiteshew I remember that. I try to buy everything I can for my tanks everywhere but the lfs lol but you can't win them all.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Brian Pickens you're not kidding. wood is really expensive too, but I've had issue with "wild" wood, so I'll be buying that unfortunately.
Brian's Pet's
Brian's Pet's - 6 years ago
+Dan Hiteshew I never paid much attention but they charge allot for rock. You would have paid a good bit for what you had there on the ground.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Brian Pickens Can't beat the price either. Lol No holiday lines . Lol

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Russ Polk
Russ Polk - 6 years ago
the rock Hunter..lol....the woods are so fun
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Russ Polk Yup. I've been playing in the stream my whole like. Lol
Bradford Aquatics
Bradford Aquatics - 6 years ago
I'm excited to see this tank progress!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
Me too! I still don't really know how it will shape up.
Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
are you planning to put your striped Raphael and bumblee jelly catfish also?
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scolopendra Exotics I go into all that in detail in my next video. (Not counting the one I'll be releasing in a while)
Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
+Dan Hiteshew Is the tank cycled yet? how much bleach per gallon do you use? Im planning on rescaping my tank using outdoor rocks also.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
not the BB, but I'm tossing the idea of the Striped Raphael in there.
I doubt it, but we'll see.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
not the BB, but I'm tossing the idea of the Striped Raphael in there.
I doubt it, but we'll see.
Vestyxe
Vestyxe - 6 years ago
Looking good, man.
Vestyxe
Vestyxe - 6 years ago
I look forward to the ones that make it past the cutting room floor.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Vestyxe We're ok. 
I'm on the other end of the spectrum. I can't keep up with all the videos I want to get done! Lol
Vestyxe
Vestyxe - 6 years ago
Sorry, I've not had a lot to say lately, I'm a little burned out with what to do on YouTube right now, I'm thinking of setting up a new little tank.
Other than that, I'm not doing so bad, how're you guys?
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
thanks man. I was just wondering how you were doing. nice to hear from you.
Ivory Queen
Ivory Queen - 6 years ago
This is probably one of my favorite things to do... go to a little place I know of to get rocks. ...
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
lol.
RM Fish Aquatics
RM Fish Aquatics - 6 years ago
Have Been waiting all day For this!
RM Fish Aquatics
RM Fish Aquatics - 6 years ago
+Scolopendra Exotics haha ino right just cant wait to see the outcome on this tank
Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
cool can't wait to watch it!!! :)
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scolopendra Exotics if you mean the next video about the rocks, I'd say a few days.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scolopendra Exotics I'm hoping in about an hour. It's almost done uploading, then I've got to clean it up.
It's a bit of an update, but mostly about how I put my African tank together.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scolopendra Exotics that doesn't mean you can't follow my pics. Lol
Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
When do you plan on releasing the next video?
Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
Im just bad a taking good pictures.....
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scolopendra Exotics you can't take them as in you can't stand them, or you actually can't take the pics?
Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
Lawl i can't do GIFs and take pics like you do for life....
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+Scolopendra Exotics do YOU follow me on G+? Lol
Sky's Fishroom
Sky's Fishroom - 6 years ago
+RM Fish Aquatics I thought i was the only person that was waiting also
RM Fish Aquatics
RM Fish Aquatics - 6 years ago
+Dan Hiteshew i dont follow your G+ But will check it out now Thanks!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+RM Fish Aquatics thanks! Do you follow my posts on G+? I do lots of outdoors pics and gifs.
RM Fish Aquatics
RM Fish Aquatics - 6 years ago
+Dan Hiteshew Yeah really enjoyed it found it really interesting the way you get the rocks and how it inspires your tanks! cant wait to see the outcome ☺
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
I hope it was worth it. I feel like I just threw the end together. I'll talk more about it soon.
ShamuAquariums
ShamuAquariums - 6 years ago
This is going to look amazing ! Are you going to leave the other tanks running after the fish are moved in here ? Which fish besides the leaf fish and big gourami are goin in here ?
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
all the fish in African tank, including the rarely seen BGKF. I'm going to add several Congo Tetras. Maybe a Scholls of 12-15.
I also want to add a Polypterus.
the current tank ( 40b) will become a Center American cichlid tank with my T Bar being the chief specimen.
Mixture Aquatics
Mixture Aquatics - 6 years ago
Nice looking rocks Dan. much cheaper then at the petshop!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
a lot more fun too!
DWSDARIUS FISH TANKS
DWSDARIUS FISH TANKS - 6 years ago
Awesome rock hunting....I'm sure the final outcome will look awesome!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
thanks man!
Moutain Bike Mayhem
Moutain Bike Mayhem - 6 years ago
Some great looking rocks can't wait too see it all set up!
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+fishcrazy733 6 feet! I could lie down in there with room to spare!
Moutain Bike Mayhem
Moutain Bike Mayhem - 6 years ago
+Dan Hiteshew I bet now you've said that you are thinking of so many things you could do with it. I mean 5ft long you could keep... I won't say you might change your mind lol.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
+fishcrazy733 lol. I'm trying not to think of all the things I could do with this tank. It's for my "African" fish.
what I'll do with the 40, once it's empty will be another story.
Moutain Bike Mayhem
Moutain Bike Mayhem - 6 years ago
+Dan Hiteshew I know that's one thing I miss. I went to my LFS today (uploaded a video on it) and I see all these amazing fish that a couldn't have made me want to buy a new tank but sadly I can't.
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 6 years ago
Me either! I really can't wait to see the fish in it! lol

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