Looking to get a pet rock. Never had one before, but they seem really cool. What breed should I get? I need one that's
>good for a first time owner
>low maintenance (I'm really busy)
Bonus points for being cuddly.
You want a sedimentary rock. I'd go with sandstone for a first-time rock owner, it's really laid-back and easy to train. Stay away from igneous rocks, especially obsidian. Obsidian is so high-strung, it might as well be a goddamn mineral. Definitely not for a first-time rock owner.
i'd like to add that while adopting is an awesome experience (and i really respect people who choose to adopt), going to a well-credentialed rockfarm is an excellent option as well. per capita, a responsibly acquired rock from a good rockfarm will last you longer than any old rock you get from a river.
just saying, it's worth consideration
You guys are literally whats killing the hobby. Wild caught rocks are known for their diseases and behavioral problems. Its always hillbillies like you who go out trap a bunch of rocks fail to look after them and then bring the whole hobby into disrepute when it goes terribly wrong and someone catches kidney stones from an un-vaccinated rock or something.
>Not keeping a cut rose quartz from a reputable breeder.
Enjoy your crumbling mutts.
>Not finding a wild Agate and gaining its trust
I used to have a pet rock when I was a kid. Didn't know the scientific name or whatnot you know it was just one of those weird stray stones from Mr. Gilbert's yard. My grandpa used to tell use that rocks couldn't feel pain or anything so my cousin and I would use it as a base ball or shove it up our asses and stupid shit like that. I would never do that today, I feel horrible about it actually.
Wish I had a picture of the old guy but all my pictures got burned at the "incident".
I started with Amethyst. Sure, they're a little high maintenance for a starter stone and can get injured easily, but when treated with love they always shine.
The less than perfect ones are always a steal as long a you don't mind loss of clarity. Frankly, as a newbie rock keeper the lower clarity can be a lifesaver just in case your rock gets into a misadventure and suffers a small fissure. Your rock will behave as always as nobody will notice the new feature!
Avoid quartz. All fissures show unless you want a plain white milky rock.
How big of a rock should I get? I want a big one but I'm not sure I've got the stones for it.
Larger rocks actually require less care than smaller ones, however, they need much larger housing spaces and cost a lot more to purchase and take home. Especially big ones also have to be protected from crazy humans climbing/painting them, plants trying to grow into them, and animals using them as a shelter.
Smaller rocks get lost or injured easier and cost more to maintain, but they're cheaper at first. Ironically, the smaller cut varieties are often the most expensive even though they come with their own fancy mineral carrying cases. You could get some serious boulders for the price of a few princess cut diamonds.
If you're looking for easy street, your rock should fit in your palm but be not much bigger than your fist. Geodes are a popular mid-range option even though they can be fragile. You can find whole crystals in this range if you look carefully!
I bet you're the type of person who would buy a marble rock for aesthetics and then leave it out to deform from acid rain. You need to do your research to ensure you have what it takes to take care of such a delicate mineral
I picked up this stray the other day
Anyone know what breed it is?
and here's a picture of the whole family
pardon my dust
If you want asthetics, adopt a large river rock. They are fairly smooth and round and pretty without being cruely polished, and they are very hugable, unlike rough unshapen and wild cousins, that like to bite and scratch.
Why would you ever let your river rocks dry out? Thats like taking a fish out of a pond and putting it on your table thinking it'll be a good pet.
I keep my river rocks in a large tank with flowing water. Land rocks stay indoors on my tables, I never let them go outside because crows like to grab the shiny ones.
Looks to be something igneous with stripes of white quartz or possibly gypsum? When I lived in the mountains we just called stones like that "Mountain rocks" as nice big ones were poking up out of the earth all over the place. Everyone loved those big, friendly wild rocks.
its funny, I've asked in three different places and have gotten three different answers
I've been told greywacke, gneiss, and now something igneous
which is even funnier because all three of those are different kinds of rock.
I might have to seek out the geology prof at the local state college to get this settles once and for all
also, just for kicks, I'm a geologist, and I'm the guy suggesting ophicalcite.
I could be wrong, there's a couple possible rocks that look like that, but all of them are lightly metamorphosed homogeneous breccias like ophicalcite or serpentinite.
I'd bet a $20 yours is ophicalcite though.
>OP asks for a good, low maintenance starter pet
>everyone shits up the thread with crystals
Not all of us are made of money and can afford these designer pet rocks, not to mention the ridiculous amount of upkeep because of their pedigree.
Granite is a lovely first choice. It's a notch above the average brown rock, without being too fancy and high-maintenance.
fuck off with your cairns
pet rocks have something special, you don't just choose on, you know which one has the best synergy.
awful unlicensed breeder selling to weak tourist who pity them and taking them back to their own country even when there enough lone rocks there
it depends entirely on where you live anon. the rule of thumb is: if you wouldn't make a family with the local girls, don't make a cairn out of the local rocks.
>ten days till easter, sleep with my seester
US has so many of those we don't even bother naming most of 'em.
Guys my lapis seems hurt, it has this fissure and I don't know what I should do, help pls.
I want to start a wild colony of bismuth in my local area. Should I just put 2 of them out there and let nature take its course, or should I do a steady, systematic release?
1: That's not lapis you mong, that's fuckin agate
2: This >>2011073
3: You bought a purebreed pyramid agate thinking it was lapis lazuli, I bet you got it from a byb you fucking scum.
Kill yourself, you're destroying the environment of native minerals and metals with your fancy edgy shit.
I wear my rocks when I'm away from home. I also wear a bloodstone around my neck it's my birthstone and helps me feel grounded.
My mom says we don't have enough money to see a professional gemologist, but it seems to be getting worse! Should I just keep trying to polish it out? Is the chrome polish dad uses on his Camaro the right stuff? Help pls!
I like my rocks uncut. Ruby master race, btw.
Get some nice Gallium, it has a melting point of 29.77 °C meaning it can melt in your hand, so you get to enjoy double the pet in two different states of matter, it looks fantastic and will love you forever.
only one of thoughs are SU and they didnt even refrince it. buthurt fig
You can also do what the pagans do to "feed your rock".
Run it under clean water to cleanse it. Set it somewhere nice where it can bask in sunlight. Either put a little bowl of wine, liquor, ground corn or other nice food/drink in front of it or rest it in the middle of the bowl. Give the rock a day or two to let it eat/drink. Thank your rock for being a good rock, bathe it in water again, remove the food and let it go about it's business. Rocks have slow digestive and eating patterns as they are ancient so this only needs to be done maybe once a month.
You can also "smoke feed" your rocks. This works well if you have lots of them. Bathe each of the rocks and set up a small scaffolding (like a little table with mesh wire instead of a wooden top). Put the rocks on your scaffolding. Burn something rocks like and fan the smoke underneath them. Sage is very popular (usually sold as a "smudge stick"), but if it makes your rocks hyper you can also try resins like copal or myrrh. If using a resin, place a tiny bit of it on some hookah charcoal and set it in a bowl of sand to burn it. You want the rocks to be coated in delicious smoke! They will enjoy their smoky treat and be happy. Bathing afterwards is optional but helpful in keeping your rocks bright and shiny.
Enjoy well-fed rocks!
Pic related: delicious sage ready to feed some rocks.
do you like my pet rock?
What's with the huge horizontal fissure on the lower half of the frontwards-facing plane? Someone needs to be more careful with their rocks. Don't wrestle with them, throw them off high places or try to make them do stunts. It won't turn out well.
Dwayne the rock johnsons arent for everyone. They start out real playful, always wanted to wrestle but before you can ever figure out what they are cooking, they get overly large and start pumping out bad action movies
This thread rocks!
Pic is an uncut rose quarts I've taken care of
since I was a kid.
Talc stone for sure.
It's from the sedimentary rock family so it's a purebreed. It hasn't got a clear surface so you don't need to worry about keeping it clean, as long as you don't allow it to be stained by dark things. Therefore it's very low maintenance.
It is also cheap and it is very soft so it gets the bonus points for cuddliness as well.
Talc sheds all over though. Seriously, it will cover all your stuff. Talc are also really fragile, and might not be the best for first time rock owners.
(plus talc is a mineral not a rock)
I just moved into my new place and I found this in my garden.
It's pretty friendly - I could pick it up for the photo wihtout any problems and it doesn't look like it's planning on leaving. But I don't know what it is. Is it even a rock? What should I do to help the little guy (girl?) out?
All my pet rocks have been strays. I make sure they have shelter and love. When I think they are used to people again, I give them away to friends with kids. I hope they love them as much as I did.
I'm think about getting stamped concrete
that way I can get a pet to my exact specifications
what does a 1970's sitcom have to do with rocks?
>come to /an/ for the first time
>see this thread
>up since 32 days
Trust me, your rock is gonna have a [spoiler]GNEISS time
Anybody know some good rock breeders? I'm looking for something not too energetic but can handle a few walks around the block, and nothing too expensive. I don't need champion bloodlines, maybe just a mix or a hobby breeder.
How do you guys deal with the fact most rock breeds will outlive you? I know they aren't the smartest, but they can still form strong bonds with their owners. It just seems tragic when an owner dies and leaves a poor rock helpless and alone.
Get a pet Gallium
>Can easily be both solid and liquid, so you get to enjoy two totally different states of matter
>shiny metallic color
>Can be molded into any shape when in liquid form
You can melt it into a cuddly shape, or any shape to fit your mood.
Get some fucking marble OP. It takes a lot of time and skill, but you can train and sculpt that glorious hunk of metamorphic rock into a kickass statue.
Mate, as far as pet rocks go I am a mad-cat lady.
My rock had an infection and had to get surgery.
But don't worry, he's alright now.
Just saying, don't forget to put some money aside for emergency situations.
This is Mobin, and he is better than every single one of your inanimate paper weights
I try to remember that as long as I take care of it and make sure that it passes on to a good home before I go, it will hopefull have many many more positive experiences.
Think about it. Some rocks are billions of years old. We aren't the owners, just the caretakers.