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Old 05-04-2011, 03:42 PM   #631
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Hey kinda off topic but what kind of rocks are those.Im new to SW and im setting up 2 tanks rite now and my 250 gallon im seeting up id really like to use rocks similar to those. im sure u had what kind they were somewhere in the post but relly didnt wanna go thru all the pages.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:42 PM   #632
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He used oystercrete, which is basically concrete using oyster shells instead of gravel and argonite sand instead of regular sand. He also used portland white cement instead of regular grey cement. He posted youtube videos showing how he did it. Using sand/oyster shells to form moulds you can make pretty much anything you can imagine as far as caves, towers, and whatnot.

I think he decided a slightly different recipe was better then the one he posted on youtube, more of something I think, and when it's dry you need to soak the rocks in water to leach out the limestone from the concrete or your PH will go through the roof. That can take a month or even several months. He put them in the ocean for almost a month and they were still leaching and driving up the PH for another month or two while soaking in the aquarium with just water.

It's definately not easy or fast, but it's cheaper and you can make whatever shape you need. In the end it seems to be very porous, with high calcium content, and in theory that should make great "live rock" for a reef.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:54 PM   #633
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Public aquariums do this all the time, but I think they have a mixture that doesn't leech so much alkalinity.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:46 PM   #634
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YAY! Everything I wanted came...



First lets start with the fish I got most of... Zebra Darts... I got a few...



20 of them actually.
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My second addition was the Yellow tangs...

One



Two



Three



Four... and Five...



This was one of my 4 DOA... but I threw it in the tank anyways... and lightning fast a Nassarius snail pops out of the sand...



This is a live cleaner



A hermit crab was kinda hungry... he decided to eat a Margarita snail and a couple Nassarius join in on the feast...



And in final... a lousy FTS

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In total I got:
20 Zebra Darts
5 Small Yellow Tangs (obviously they shipped 2 small 2small/medium and 1 large)
50 Hermits (2 DOA)
25 small Nassarius Snails
25 Cerith Snails
25 Margarita Snails (1 DOA)
3 Small Cleaner Shrimp (1 DOA)
2 Coral Banded Shrimp
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I would think that you need more of a clean up crew for that tank.... What else do you plan on adding to it?
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wow, I'm getting a six line tomorrow lol
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:02 PM   #639
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2 new schools and some mandarins more inverts and a yellow bellied hippo tang (or as my 6 year old says... I want Dory)
Also my CUC will grow as the members of my tank increase/grow
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Gotta have a dory.

Nice to see some life in there. It's looking good.
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