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Old 05-23-2010, 06:51 AM   #91
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Nice. Ya my formula is 3 part oyster shell, 1 part reef sand, 1 part white portland cement, mix it all with a little water then add 1 part salt (I used water softener salt, some pretty large chunks makes for very light as well as being more porous)
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:37 PM   #92
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Yeah that salt would make for some large holes and good drainage. Although the Oyster shell alone is pretty good.
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Here is another good read:How to Reduce High Toxic Nitrates Quickly & Efficiently
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:21 PM   #94
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Yeah that salt would make for some large holes and good drainage. Although the Oyster shell alone is pretty good.
Ya the oyster shell is pretty good. One problem about the salt is you can't make too thin of shapes with the rock... especially if it has to hold any weight. The salt greatly reduces strength, but I found that 3/4" thickness seems pretty strong anyways. Most of my rock is pretty strong. I made some elaborate pieces that didn't have enough diameter so when I did my strength test they shattered. The salt though also makes the rock 20% lighter. It almost feels like styrofoam (compared to normal rocks...) it seems about half to a third the weight of the average Dry Rock you can buy.
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And you get it in the shape and form that you want.
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Yes in the many shapes and sizes. I sent one last e-mail to 4 diff companies so we will see what comes of it.
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Thank you thincat... I am trying to make a tank that will be that success story on the net "over all that is BS" but I plan on trying some things I will be adding slowly and my LFS will take back fish if my compatibility doesn't work (as long as they survive till they sell it) at full price. (I am buying lots of fish from them) I was asking about order of introduction and needing to be introduced at the same time... I will try to introduce the dotty's as close together as the tank will allow.
I was reading through this post and just thought about this. In a reef setup with lots of LR you will never be able to catch your
non-compatablilty fishes, you already are going to have very little headroom as it is.
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... true.. sort of... most of my rock pieces have a cave... they go in the cave I cover it and take the fish out with the rock... and I will also be using a snorkel to breath while I catch the fish.
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