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Old 01-22-2006, 06:01 PM   #1
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how to smash LR?

I have a couple huge hunks of lr which don't look that great (the worst 2 pieces from my hirocks shipment) which I'm thinking of replacing in the display tank. I want to smash them to bits to use as rubble in a future sump. They're about the size of a canteloupe. How can I smash them without powdering them too much or making a huge mess? I was thinkgin maybe wrapping them in towel.. has anyone done this?
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Old 01-22-2006, 06:26 PM   #2
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I would say wrap them in something and hit it one time and a hammer really hard..Im sure you will shatter some peices that will become mush but one or two good whacks should do it!
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Old 01-22-2006, 07:31 PM   #3
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If you use a screwdriver or a chisel you can have greater control over how it breaks.
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:21 PM   #5
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If you can wrap it in some canvas or other heavy material you may save yourself from flying fragments. A towel is not quite enough. The rock is quite sharp and tends to cut material. A few good wacks with a hammer or a small sledge will do the trick. And you'll get some rubble for the sump too .
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I was thinking of doing this too. So is it okay if i put the rubble in my canister filter. Would putting a whole rock in the filter instead be better. My canister filter can hold about a few softball size rocks.
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A hammer will work but it will "splatter" it more. If you have some kind of chisel or similar it will break muck easier without the "powder"
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Hammer and a chisel or flat head screw driver. I have done this many times. I actually frag some large colonies this way
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