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Old 08-16-2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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AMDPhenomX4's 180G Reef Build (56K Warning)

Ok, As you may know, I am starting a 180G reef. So far I have acquired 135Lbs of base rock and have set Egg crate down. I'm currently siliconing the rock work.


2X250W and 1X400W Metal Halide

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Rocks that will be siliconed sooned Will make the arches seperate from the bases.


Hoping to have the rock done by next weekend. Will put sand in after the rock. Will probably add rock as I go.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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I hope the silicone is as a failsafe and not holding the rocks up completely. You would be better off using 1" eggcrate and zipties for strength with "Great Stuff: Pond and Stone foam for failsafe/integrity.
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I have never heard of this, what is the eggcrate for, to protect the glass?
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That rockwork looks awesome so far. Looks like you've got things planned out so thats good. Nice tank btw. Its huge lol.

And yeah, the eggcrate protects the bottom glass should a rock fall. But usually people can achieve this same thing by putting inches in their sand bed depth.
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Yes it is. I was hoping to get a goby/shrimp pair or a jawfish and didnt want to risk them causing a rockslide. I'll see about how the silicone is but it seems pretty tough after a few hours. Wont the foam make it float though? Ooh looks useable, Does Home depot have it?
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Yeah but if you have a sandbed of 3 inches or more.. the rocks wont hit the glass if they fall.
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I have never heard of this, what is the eggcrate for, to protect the glass?
In public aquariums we use fiberglass grating to make the frame of structures: back, caves, arches, etc. In home aquaria under 200g I recommend eggcrate (cheaper) to accomplish the same thing as it allows you to build the rocks up and ziptied to grating without losing structural integrity. The main precautions are to use 2 sheets of eggcrate since they are .5" in thickness and when stacking the rock to make sure the bases are always supported so zipties act as reinforcement rather than holding everything up (zipties get brittle over time). The foam I mentioned can cover up zipties or other imperfections along with creating caves, etc. out of pvc.

Here's some pictures, for example, of one I just recently built: http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o5/C3ntury/Frame.jpg
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I want a big tank too, too bad my parent won't let me have anymore tank, they said I m too crazy on fishesss OoO~
good luck AMD, I love the rockwork, can't wait till u finish!!
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Ok finally got the 130Lbs of base rock into a shape i like. This is after 5 hrs of messups.

I tried to make ledges of different heights and space for clams and sand dwelling fish and corals.
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I like the dual overflows. lol!
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