Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-01-2003, 02:34 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Greenwood, SC
Posts: 1,089
Send a message via AIM to Electrobes
Cave building with rocks

Heyeveryone, I am finally back into the game of planting. I will soon have a new tank set up. I currently have a 45 gallon tank (tall) that will be made into a brackish tank (by acclimation for the fish that I will have). The future resident will be non other than the Green Spotted Puffer. My gaol is to give him/her the most absolute best conitions to reach maximum size. With that in mind I was to buil a tank with some caves by siliconing rocks together, also making some wedges for java ferns.
What rocks should generally be used for this situation? Thanks!!
__________________

__________________
Electrobes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2003, 12:03 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Greencastle, PA
Posts: 2,648
Send a message via Yahoo to shawmutt
I used some slate in my tank...nice and flat and easily stackable. Go to a local plant nursery and see if the sell rocks by smaller amounts then by the pallet. My rocks were cheap, about $25 for a big bucket (~50#). Slate will not affect the water quality, and once it gets seasoned, looks really good.
__________________

__________________
~Mike Shaw
Shawmutt.com. Blogs and Pictures of the Massively Multiplayer Offline game, Real Life.
shawmutt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2003, 12:30 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Greenwood, SC
Posts: 1,089
Send a message via AIM to Electrobes
not sure if I wanna go slate.. in a brackish tank what would look more natural?.. or maybe that is natural and I am being a bum and not know what slate looks like
__________________
Electrobes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2003, 12:39 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 67
slate is flat. Go to a local landscaping business. They usually sell tons of rocks along with mulches. You can by the rocks by the pound.
__________________
God, let me be a light and let my life show someone your awesome power.
davoz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2003, 04:50 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Greenwood, SC
Posts: 1,089
Send a message via AIM to Electrobes
Thanks davoz I wouldn't have thought of that!
__________________
Electrobes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2003, 08:05 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: NY, NY
Posts: 2,303
Send a message via AIM to madasafish
I used to be averse to slate... But now I like its look. It's great for caves.

I think you saw my Texas Holey Rock, right? That would be great for your tank, as it naturally increases pH, which the GSPs like. Also, its holes and crevices are perfect caves. Get a few pieces to stack near each other, and you can make larger caves. I stand by these rocks for their sheer "wow" factor. And they are realistic for a brackish-water environment. Much limestone is created in marine environments by the accumulation of calcarious debris (i.e. shells). The THSs are limestone. Mind you.... in truth you probably won't see much of anything but plants and fish in a brackish env. Rocks tend to get smaller and smaller as you reach the mouth of a river because of weathering. When you get the estuary of a river, most rocks are pebbles, sand, silt or clay! Of course, this isn't always true...

Other options. If you're confident enough about your local rocks, you could almost certainly put a nice granite boulder or a few of them, well washed, in your tank. Perhaps look up your local geology to find out whether arsenic and heavy metals are present in your rocks...
__________________
MTS is a blessing, not a disease.
madasafish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2003, 08:10 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: NY, NY
Posts: 2,303
Send a message via AIM to madasafish
BTW, this *may* be slate in this picture. It's certainly a good example of it if it is. Slate is a layered rock--a silt/clay sedimentary rock made from very small particles. It usually comes in sheets (just in case you were still unsure what it looks like).

http://www.acclaimimages.com/_galler...1408-3045.html
__________________

__________________
MTS is a blessing, not a disease.
madasafish is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
build, building, cave, rock, rocks

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2 new additions plus some cave building... papa_bear_21 New Acquisitions 2 10-14-2009 07:56 PM
2 porous rocks, 1 Barnacle, a Red rock, slate cave shawnryan1977 Archive 0 09-15-2006 06:15 PM
i made a really nice cave out of some pvc and some rocks. krap101 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 10 06-13-2005 01:48 AM
Building a cave? SinfulSlave Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 11-17-2003 09:06 AM
Building a cave Capt.Gorilla Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 21 10-22-2003 03:51 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×