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Old 03-17-2006, 08:44 PM   #11
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I agree! I kind of like that look, looks "dangerous."

However, on the top right rock, where it rests on the bottom right rock, there is actually more rock behind it. There is actually several inches of contact from the back on the right side of the cavern. On the left side of the cavern, there is another supporting nob coming out of the bottom left rock that it is resting on. It took me several hours to get it perfect, but nothing budges, not even slightly, not even with significant pressure. I am confident that it is stable, and with the base rock sitting on the bottom, I am confident it will remain that way.
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:54 PM   #12
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Looking good!!!
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Old 03-18-2006, 10:13 AM   #13
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Looks like you are off to a great start! Love the rock.
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You can break live rock really easy depending on how dense it is. I would break some of that up and re-aquascape.
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Old 03-19-2006, 04:56 PM   #15
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I don't think so! It took me plenty enough time to get that right rock right. I can't imagine breaking it into even more pieces!!!

I enjoy the way it looks right now. I wouldn't get that much more height out of it, and the few extra caves I might be able to create wouldn't be worth the frustration it would create in ME! I have 3 nice caves that I rather like, and everyone who I have invited over to look at has really liked it, including me, so I think I'm set. Not to mention, if I ever need to move, having a little bit larger pieces will make life so much easier...
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Wow!!! For some reason, I thought this cycle would last 3 to 4 weeks, especially getting 2 different shipment of live rock over a week!

March 10 : First shipment of live rock showed up, scrubbed all the dieoff I could get off of the rocks and placed them in.

March 16: Second shipment of live rock showed up, again scrubbed all the dieoff I could get off, and placed it in the tank. At this point:
Ammonia = 4 ppm
Nitrite = 8 to 10 ppm
Nitrate = 20 ppm.

March 17: Did a 15 gallon water change. Strangely, the nitrite had gone above my test's ability to register, and the nitrates were over 100!!! I believe this test may have been a false high.

March 23: Ammonia gone, nitrite barely registering, nitrate 20!

March 24: Exactly 2 weeks after the beginning of my cycle, ammonia is undetectable, nitrite is undetectable, and nitrate is about 20!!! Hooray! I'm doing another 15 gallon water change today, and will put my Coral Beauty Angel in there probably Sunday afternoon!!!

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I might still give it a week or so to make sure the tank is stable. The coral beauty is relatively hardy, though. Hope you are having fun.
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