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Old 12-09-2009, 07:10 PM   #151
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In that small an area your DIY rock would take forever to cure if at all. You could build it in stages and cure it outside the orb and then assemble it in the tank.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:09 AM   #152
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Cheers for the advice Thincat
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:48 PM   #153
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So, it has been a few months since any pictures were posted, you surely have gotten a new camera by now lol. I am currently deployed so I have lots of time to research and this thread has made me realize that I can make at least half of the rock for my aquarium myself which would save me hundreds and then it would also be in the shape that I want. I get out of the Army in a little over two years so I am thinking about building rock from the time I get back to the States until I get our of the Army. By then I will have plenty of rock made. What is the deal with seeding it in the ocean? If I had to let it dry between seeding and getting it in my tank would all of the bacteria die? I plan on moving from Ga, to the south west after I get out so seeding it in the ocean is an option while I am still in Ga, but it will no longer be an option in my new home.
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Welcome and thank you for your Service. If you make your own rock and seed it in the ocean the only way for it to stay seeded is for it to remain in SW with a little light and min. circulation.Seeding in the ocean would give you invertibrate and macro algae so your container would go through a cycle. It would then be fully cured and ready for your tank. If you seed it in the ocean by sure to check state laws. Each coastal state have different laws as to what you can take out or put into the ocean.
If your rock drys out it will no longer be live as the bacteria will die.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:49 AM   #155
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Thank you Thincat! My other idea was to make all the rock, and use it and the tank for a FW set up, and then after I move convert to a SW set up and let some snails eat the the algae like the rock that is earlier in this thread. I like the idea of being able to make rock in the configuration that I want without having to stack rock that I bought.
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:15 PM   #156
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Remember to not make it to thick and to large that it takes forever to cure. Also remember that the bacteria in fresh water will not survive in saltwater.
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I plan on making some rock next week I'll post pics when I get them
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:25 AM   #158
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I'm glad I checked back on this post it's coming along really well. As more people make DIY rock the more information becomes available for future reefers to make their rock.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:42 AM   #159
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Hey i am doing it this summer probably and if your wieghs a ton that means you might of had too much water in the mix because it really couldn't be to heavy unless you did put too much water. also the plastic shavings are for the coraline to attatch faster. For more information go onto garf.org and go to agronite rocks
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:19 PM   #160
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I just put my DIY rock in front of the return from the pump into the DT. I then take an object that has lots of coralline on it and scrape it into the return water. This sends the coralline onto the new rock and within a couple of weeks it's full of coralline.
I agree with you on "to much" water as it makes the rock less porous and therefore more dense.
Good luck on the project. Keep us posted...
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