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Old 12-20-2008, 09:53 PM   #11
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i molded the pieces in sand. and cofano32 how much is shipping for buying live rock online do i have to get overnight because it is expensive. i also bought 1.5 pounds of live rock along with some spaghetti algae and i got some pulsating exina. they look well and got some hitchhikers with the rock and algae little starfish. hopefully they stay alive and i can continue to grow on my hobby and become sucessful this time.
I hope that you have been keeping track of your PH level. I made my own live rock out of quickcrete and oyster shells and it's been six months and the PH is still off the charts. this may be why your fish are dying!
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:59 PM   #12
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no it was off the charts in the beginning that's why i didn't put it in my tank i let it soak for 2 months and check it every 2 weeks i would change the water every couple of days to. after i got a reading of 8 ph i put some pieces in. the reason your ph might be high is the oysters i used coral substrate more surface area and more natural looks better to.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:27 PM   #13
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For those in warmer places or when its not winter, rain is the best stuff ever. When I cured styrofoam covered in cement a night in the rain was like days of changing water. Putting it in the shower is just too wasteful though holding it up in there for a while (not touching any place with soap residue) was a great way to rinse it off.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:20 AM   #14
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im not sure you'd have to check it out for yourself i dont really remeber
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:28 PM   #15
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how porous is the rock? Thats something that sets apart decent LR from great LR, the more surface area you have per rock the more space you have for the beneficial bacteria. Its hard to tell from the pictures but it looks just like brick textured.
Still looks really cool though, and a good idea.

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Did you cycle your tank already? I know you said you put the rock in there for about 2 months but was there a source of ammonia? You have some water parameters?
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:24 PM   #17
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Happy New Year everyone and I'll try to get some pictures of my homemade rock. I just made flat shelf pieces to add to what I already have.
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happy new year hope your tank works out well
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:12 PM   #19
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Happy New Year everyone and I'll try to get some pictures of my homemade rock. I just made flat shelf pieces to add to what I already have.
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looks pretty good what does your tank look like now?
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