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Old 05-28-2009, 03:51 PM   #41
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Ok so I have my rock soaking in the garage and change the water twice weekly. Is there any problem with me putting them in a laundry basket and then sinking them in a fast flowing river to cure, then let them dry in the sun and re soak in better water to kill any bacteria or algea that may grow on them from the river.

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Old 05-29-2009, 12:42 AM   #42
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some people have done it before i dont know how it turned out but i thought about trying it in a nice little stream near my house i dont know how itwould look after the river if you know you can get all the algae off then i would say go for it i actually would like to know this as well tho so any body else got a answer?
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:25 AM   #43
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Okay, If the stream water is clean, go for it. Different algae and bacteria grow in fresh and saltwater, so no problem there. Hose off most of the algae and let your cleanup crew and gobies munch on the rest of the freshwater algae. I would soak in the stream until the lime leaches out of the cement to bring the PH down to 8.4 then soak in saltwtater for a week then into your tank. No need to dry the rock out.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:17 AM   #44
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Here's a link on the best way to make it REEF AQUARIUM FARMING NEWS 5 p 1 (scroll down till you see the "PROJECT OF THE WEEK Making sand molded AragocreteTM live rocks"

Also shows a cool way to make shelves, tunnels and cave using a box and sand. And I have heard of others using acrylic or plastic shavings in their mix to encourage Coraline algae.

I think it would be ideal to place some frag corals, Coraline algae, mushrooms, etc onto the newly created rock before it hardens full, it could finish curing underwater.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:28 AM   #45
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Here are a few pictures of my DIY rock in verious stages in my tank.

This rock had lots of freshwate algae on it. My hermits went to town on it and completly cleaned it overnight. If you look carefully you will see my gobie and the legs of my brittle star on the bottom left...

The next day with a few snails finishing up the cleanup

Two weeks later and the coralline is really starting to grow///
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:25 PM   #46
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wat recipe did you user again thincat i used used oyster shell and portland with a little sAND THAT LOOKS REALLY GOOD
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:23 PM   #47
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That's what I used. I had some mortar cement, also by Portand,So I used that up first...
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cool looks good mine still has a while left to sit
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I use cement water salt crushed coral and 2 types of argonite sand
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That's good too! Very porous, the Oyster shells made my rock very light.
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