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Old 06-18-2013, 01:45 AM   #11
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So you just redid your aqua scape after cycling, if thats the case than you are good. Most people do that first, my mistake for assuming. And I was just referring to water flow getting though the rock at points. It looks beautiful, if you know functionally it works too, than rock on man! Can't wait to see picks as it progresses!
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:45 AM   #12
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Very nice. What are you doing to build the bacteria in those rocks? You did very well with the placement! Some small adjustments for flow will make it perfect.
Are you starting your first sw tank ?
What are you planning on stocking with ?
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No, I just don't update my profile. Too busy with water changes. Lol. Right now I have a 35 gal and a 120 gal. Got back into the hobby at the first of the year.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:53 AM   #14
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So you just redid your aqua scape after cycling, if thats the case than you are good. Most people do that first, my mistake for assuming. And I was just referring to water flow getting though the rock at points. It looks beautiful, if you know functionally it works too, than rock on man! Can't wait to see picks as it progresses!
No . I added all the sand and rocks ,
Then mixed the salt and run it for a week to key everything settle ,
Then arranged the rocks as they are then added the shrimp to start the cycle . The rocks have been the same .
I was to the understanding if I move them now that could cause a mini cycle to start and ammonia spike could kill allot or everything in my tank .
Don't quote me on that and I'm sure there is more experienced people to correct me if in wrong .
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:06 AM   #15
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Ideally you want the rocks placed in a way so there are spaces crevices and caves .

1) the water flows freely around them ,
This helps with natural filtration.
2) plenty of hiding places for tank mates
3) If planning on placing corals it will give you places to place ones that require allot of light close to the top and lower light on sand bed with overhangs to shadow .
Ill add a picture of mine .
Kept in mind mine is only about 3-4 months since being cycled
When I got home today I went straight to my tanks (as usual) just too see what's going on. While I was gazing at my rockscape, with intention to adjust and keeping in mind what you said, I realized the pictures I posted didn't really show any caves or crevices or barely any spaces in between the rocks. BUT there actually are.. You can barely see the crevices in between the rocks but believe me, they are there. As for spaces, I did move the rocks around a bit and was able to create some smaller spaces but there are about 10 total (that I can see in person). Id just like to say I dont really like large arches and gaps as they stick out a lot and dont really look all that natural to me.. Anyway, here's a bunch of pics I just took:

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When I got home today I went straight to my tanks (as usual) just too see what's going on. While I was gazing at my rockscape, with intention to adjust and keeping in mind what you said, I realized the pictures I posted didn't really show any caves or crevices or barely any spaces in between the rocks. BUT there actually are.. You can barely see the crevices in between the rocks but believe me, they are there. As for spaces, I did move the rocks around a bit and was able to create some smaller spaces but there are about 10 total (that I can see in person). Id just like to say I dont really like large arches and gaps as they stick out a lot and dont really look all that natural to me.. Anyway, here's a bunch of pics I just took:

some gaps/spaces/cave

more spaces/gaps

another cave/some smaller spaces

more spaces/caves

lots of surface area and note the shaded areas..
It looks weird just cause the rocks are clean and white ,
Are you planning on doing a bare bottom or a sand bed ?
Have you started to cycle yet ?
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It looks weird just cause the rocks are clean and white ,
Are you planning on doing a bare bottom or a sand bed ?
Have you started to cycle yet ?
haha I actually really like the white and how "clean" it looks.. I will be keeping it barebottom and the tank is cycling.
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haha I actually really like the white and how "clean" it looks.. I will be keeping it barebottom and the tank is cycling.
Keep us posted with pictures ,
I think it would be hard to keep them clean and white .
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Keep us posted with pictures ,
I think it would be hard to keep them clean and white .
I'm definitely not trying to do all that work to keep them white! Lol I'm planning on getting a bit of cured live rock to seed this rock and am looking forward to coraline algae taking over!
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I'm definitely not trying to do all that work to keep them white! Lol I'm planning on getting a bit of cured live rock to seed this rock and am looking forward to coraline algae taking over!
What are you planning on stocking in it ?
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