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Old 05-26-2010, 12:02 PM   #11
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Just an idea , but plain white PVC pipe.. sand it down and it grows algae pretty quick.. the pvc pipe looks neat after te algae grows on it. Also i used a new coffee cup in the bottom.. Works well for hiding and kina looks neat..
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I heard another guy mention lava rock, that is my favorite for making rock formations really cheap. Cement mixed with cheap playsand, I found a place that sells red volcanic sand, that is awesome. Cool trick for caves in the cement is use plastic wrap and wrap it around a paper towel tube. Then just stick it in anywhere after it is partially hardened but somewhat soft tear the edge of the paper tube and it rip right out and then pull out the plastic wrap the cement will kind of drip down inside a little because the plastic wrap kept it softer inside. Looks really cool!

I really have started to just kind of look around more at places that sell stone for landscaping, they will sometime just give me some of the smaller stones or they will cost very little. Some Marine epoxy and you can really make some neat stuff, but watch out for limestone.
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I still have a lot of time, I think what I might do is set the tank up with some lava rock and then build my own rock formation over time. I have a pretty specific idea of what I want so I think I will be most satisfied if I build it. Thanks for the lava rock in the mix idea though, I like that a lot!
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Be careful with Lava Rock as it can contain lots of metals and toxions. More so with it leaching out with acid PH....>7ph.... the rock is red because it contains lots of iron and that's only the obvious one.
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I will make sure that I check it really well before I stick any in my tank. I had read that before and completely forgot about it. Thank you thincat!
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Most Lava rock... or the peralite (puffed lava rock) anyways usually has a fair amount of aluminum
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So for my homemade "live" rock mixture would it be something like: 3 parts aquarium gravel, 2 parts PFS, 1 part cement?
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1 part cement to 4-5 parts (total) other stuff is about the least amount of cement I would use... What is PFS?...
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