For me, I buy my substate at Lowes. Sand is cheap ($3.50 US per 50 pounds) and always available. Rocks come from the family ranch. North Texas sand stone is beautifully colored and FREE! Driftwood comes from the same source. In fact, about the only thing I actually buy for decor are plants. Normally I get the fake plants since my fish cant kill them. For that stuff I usually shop at a big box store.
I havnt found a cheaper place to get the stuff, fedex fixed rate shipping, if it fits in the 6.88 box it ships. I am ordering from them as we speak, found flourish ferts for less then 8 bucks for 500ml
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