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Old 11-19-2006, 09:57 AM   #11
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These were the three sites I used. First two gave me ideas for shaping rocks. To shape the rocks you need a container with loose sand that you shape then you pour in your aragocrete and add more loose material to hold the shape.
For example the bottom arched rock was made by forming a bowl shaped hole in loose material then adding aragocrete to bottom and sides of hole but filling center with loose material.
The Best shapes I made are the large arches not visible in pictures. See garf.org It keeps the sand bed open but allows you to build up rocks above.

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I would imagine that you could use a ballon and pop it once dry it should peel off easy .. Just be careful not to pop the ballon while shapping which should not happen if you dont over fill the ballon

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Wow, EJS4, those are pretty cool!
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Sadielynn is correct. The hollow rock with the holes was made with an inflated rubber glove. Fingers form the five opens, then when it drys you pop the glove and pull it out one of the holes.
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:20 AM   #15
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I made about 20lbs tonight. I am going to leave it all until I get back from out of town on Friday and then see how they turned out. I am not too confident in my shape and arch making skills though lol. But this is a fun experience because the whole family joined in and it will add memories to our tank. Overall I only spent $7 on a 50lb bag crushed oyster shell, $10 on a 20lb bag of crushed coral, and $5 on a 47lb of cement. So that makes me very happy

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