Personally, I don't really like the idea of the fake driftwood or artificial ornaments since it would not look natural. I like seeing the unique of each piece of driftwood and stone and imagine how Mother Nature created its texture and shape through out the years. :) The next step was to source for the nice driftwood and stones. It can be seen driftwood and stone that are sold in the shop in Singapore Local Fish Shop (LFS) are quite expensive. For the good looking piece of driftwood would cost S$20-30 and every kilogram of stone would cost you about S$5. So the budget for those "aquarium spirit" would be quite high and I would have a big hole in a pocket after getting those.
Recently, I had chance to travel to Johor Bahru (JB) where my friend lives. I asked him to bring me to some local fish shop in JB so that I can "see see look look" and who knows I can get some good piece of driftwood. He brought me to the LFS nearby his living place at Tun Aminah area. There are 2 shops next to each other at that location. The shops look not shiny bright like the shops in Singapore and do not have many high tech equipment but basically good enough for the fish supply. I was so happy seeing them selling also driftwood there. It took me at least half an hour just to choose some pieces that I really like.
|One of the piece that I really like since it has many void and hole for fishes/shrimps to play "hide and seek"|
|Some caving ideas should be interesting here :)|
The shops at Tun Aminah do sell some pebbles but not big size stones. So, my friend brought me to a plant nursery nearby to choose some stones. The plant nursery does not have many choices of stones for me to choose. They only have some small stock at the corner of the yard, where I need to practice some physical work to find my favourite stones in size and colour. Finally, after another 20 mins, I could collect all the stones that I need.
|Chosen piece of driftwood and stones after few hours shopping|
I am now very satisfied with the shopping time in JB where driftwood and stones were purchased. Last but not least, the price was surprisingly much cheaper than Singapore's price. It is time to think about some aquascaping ideas with what I have on hand. Very excited now since it is very close to the day I can get my sleeves wet. :)