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Old 04-12-2010, 09:53 PM   #11
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This is my DIY rock, made with cement, sand and crushed oyster shells.

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This is after the DIY has been in my tank for 3 weeks!!! Notest all the mini-stars in the rock!
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:03 PM   #12
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TC,

Thanks. I have seen some DIY rock and how to do it, but I have not seen any in a tank cycled. That is what I have been looking for to see if I wanted to try it. It looks fantastic. Thanks again.
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The rock is so pouros that water just runs through it. Lots of area for bacteria growth. The only thing I stress is to not make it to thick. It really does not have to be very strong. The less cement you use and the more oyster shells the more porous it gets. I will try and post a few more shots of the cured rock.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:13 PM   #14
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Very cool! Thank you again. I am looking into picking up the stuff to make mine this week. What mix did you used (pt cement to oyster to salt mixture). I know to add salt last as the water will start the break down process of the salt.

I have seen a few videos on how to do this, but when you made yours did you let it weather out side for a week before begining the soaking in water process? I know I will need to check pH before adding in the rock, changing it daily until water pH is the same as when I began as well as 0 salinity (guessing about a week at least there). Any other suggestions you can give?
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3 & 4 are mixed up. The first is #4 at one week and the other 3) is at one month...
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Very nice. I will definatly have to give it a try. Did you get a chance to read my last post before you added these pics?
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Okay, the way I do it you do not need to add salt. I use basicly 1 part cement,
3 parts oyster shells (from an animal feed store...cheap) and
2 parts sand...You can vary the sand as you get better and use more oyster shells. Make you mold in a sand bed to the shape you want. I leave the bottom flat. this makes it easy to stack and piece together either. Wait until the cememt sets then soak to bring the PH done.
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Okay, the way I do it you do not need to add salt. I use basicly 1 part cement,
3 parts oyster shells (from an animal feed store...cheap) and
2 parts sand...You can vary the sand as you get better and use more oyster shells. Make you mold in a sand bed to the shape you want. I leave the bottom flat. this makes it easy to stack and piece together either. Wait until the cememt sets then soak to bring the PH done.
The best way is to dribble the mixture into the mold. This makes it very clumpy and makes for really odd shapes. If you got young kids around give them some latex gloves and let them have at it..............
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Nice I will have to give that a try. Thanks again TC. Your always a good help.
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