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Old 11-25-2014, 02:04 PM   #1
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Anybody ever make there own liverock?

So I'm trying to find some nice flat liverock with the base still attached but I can't find anything I like. Has anyone made there own liverock? Is it worth it or should I just keep looking


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Old 11-25-2014, 02:55 PM   #2
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Actually live rock makes itself. If you add a piece of suitable rock that is sterile to a pile of live rock, the new rock will absorb the bacteria that makes it "live." It takes a few weeks.


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Old 11-25-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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IMO it doesn't look the same. Having said that, it might have been the way mine was made. But if you're going to all DIY rock it won't contrast with your other rock so it may look great. I have seen a couple "recipes" that look way better than others so if you do decide to do it make sure you look at all different ways of making it

And keep us posted if you do decide to make some! Id love to see how it turns out.
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In my reef the new rocks take about 6 months to a year to become indistinguishable from the rocks around them. The visual difference is the organic coatings like algae on the rocks which darkens them. Especially pink algae (coralline).


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Old 11-25-2014, 03:27 PM   #5
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In my reef the new rocks take about 6 months to a year to become indistinguishable from the rocks around them. The visual difference is the organic coatings like algae on the rocks which darkens them. Especially pink algae (coralline).


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Yes I know but I think the OP is referring to homemade live rock made with cement and crushed coral and such. It has a much different texture depending on how it is made.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:16 PM   #6
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Yes this rock will be made with a mixture of cement aragonite and crushed oyster shell and will be seeded by my live rock out of the aquarium I'm currently using. And with some additional pieces I might buy. It doesn't look like natural live rock but once it's covered in coralline algae and coral I don't think it will be noticeable. Does anyone have any experience with this though will it eventually fall apart or does it stay put pretty well


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This is kinda what I would like to get out of this diy project Click image for larger version

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Yes this rock will be made with a mixture of cement aragonite and crushed oyster shell and will be seeded by my live rock out of the aquarium I'm currently using. And with some additional pieces I might buy. It doesn't look like natural live rock but once it's covered in coralline algae and coral I don't think it will be noticeable. Does anyone have any experience with this though will it eventually fall apart or does it stay put pretty well


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The only issue with making your own rock is that it will probably be more dense and not as open and porous as natural coral rock is.
The number, size and depth of the little pores and micro fissures in live rock is the most important feature to look for as that is what affords it good filtration capabilities.
Good rock for use as "live rock" should feel relatively light for its size which may indicate that it has lots of space internally for bacterial colonization.
Something with the porosity of lava rock would be perfect.

I fear that homemade rock would only have superficial pores and not afford near the total surface area that natural rock does.

The upside is you can cast it into whatever shape or structure you want, obviously.
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That's why I'm doing it and I believe that's why they put rock salt in it so it's not so dense and will dissolve during the curing proses


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I made my first rock last night using some material I had just laying around. The only problem is the concrete I used is a dark grey and the sand I used for the mold was full of rocks so I probably won't use it in my aquarium but I'm hoping that it gives me a better idea of what it will look like. I will get some better supplies this weekend and update my progress probably sunday


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