Small, flat pebbles for moss rocks

Assaye

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Trying to find some small, flat, inexpensive pebbles to coat with moss.

Almost everything I can find is either very decorative or too large or jagged.

Any ideas for what kind of stone I should be looking for and where I can get it from?
 

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chilled84 said:
Its naughty but will sure be nice, try the beach and boil them good. :D
I'd love to, but I can't get there. I need something I can order online. My lfs doesn't really have anything suitable.
 

fourmations

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hi there

garden centre scottish cobbles are the job
or slate pieces,

as mentioned you will get a smaller flatter pebble off the beach
but i wouldnt condone that sort of thing (....hides stash)

disclaimer... ;) ....some say these will do nasty things to your water
personally i only used them for a short time with no issues
but maybe do some homework on it!

rgds

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you can use more or less anything, I use granite chunks that I helped myself to from a pub carpark anything like slate or granite is best but you can use anything. Just keep an eye open and a plastic bag in pocket.
 

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i use slate pieces from garden centres because pebbles are a PITA to tie without the cotton/fishing line coming off.
 

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Garuf said:
Just keep an eye open and a plastic bag in pocket.
Thats what I do. All my current rock\pebble work was gathered from walking round Kent and East London!
 

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Goodygumdrops said:
slate paddlestoes from garden centre,they look like skimmers.
That's exactly what I want!

Just need to find somewhere that will deliver now, lol.
 

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Save your money, you won't see them once there's moss on them just use what you can find :lol:
 

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Garuf said:
Save your money, you won't see them once there's moss on them just use what you can find :lol:
Yeah, but I'm impatient and want them NOW, lol.

Don't really have time to wander around the local park looking for flat stones.

It's not the look that I care about, just that they are relatively small and flat. Will keep an eye open, though.

To make sure they are safe, is it enough to do the vinegar test?
 

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Assaye said:
To make sure they are safe, is it enough to do the vinegar test?
I always stick mine on a rolling boil mine for at least 20 minutes.
I would not pick anything flaky\chalky.
 
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