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Question DetailsAsked on 1/3/2015

Where can I buy small amounts of river rock for my turtle enclosure such as 5 gallon buck or two?

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If you have a gravel pit or concrete plant nearby, sometimes they will give away small quantities like a couple of 5 gallon buckets for free - or charge you $5 apiece or so.


You can buy bagged decorative stone (avoid any colored ones or lava rock to avoid poisoning turtle) at some box store pet area, many home improvement box stores, some lumber yards, most plant and landscaping centers. Bulk pet supply stores like PetZoo and Petco also carry decorative aquarium/terrarium stone.


Any rock you get - be sure to wash it several times with warm water (with a LITTLE liquid dish soap and capful of chlorine bleach in first cycle only), mixing it around very well, to get rid of silt and any chemicals adhering to it, and I would then leave it sit in clear water for a day then leave it spread out to air for a couple of days - to be sure you got rid of any contaminants, chemicals, etc.


When you say turtle enclosure - bear in mind if glass, a couple of 5 gallon buckets of rock is likely to break it - aquarium/terrarium "rock" from pet stores are light-weight materials, so unless a solid bottom/side habitt be careful of that.

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