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Old 06-14-2009, 01:16 PM   #71
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Looks good, cant wait to see pics in 3 or 4 months.
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A fish in the hand is worth two in the tank?
or something like that....
Here's my 110 build .. .
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:19 PM   #72
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me too lol but the ph shot up a little this morning not much but just a little
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:47 PM   #73
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If it gets much higher just do a PWC to bring the levels down.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:38 AM   #74
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Off-White Cement???????

Hi Guys,

Just reading through as much info as possible before trying to make my own rock work. I doing a Malawi Mbuna tank but wanted white rock work. Problem is I can't seem to get any white quartz boulders or holey rock here in Brisbane QLD. Not under $20-$40 a piece that is and over my 6'x2'x2' tank that's a small fortune in rocks alone.

My question to everyone is... has anyone tried making rock work with off-white cement? I have no idea what the differences are between standard grey and off-white and can't find much online that refers to using it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:20 PM   #75
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I read this on white cement and only one thing bothers me. Here is the link I am refering to.
http://www.bluecirclesoutherncement....Jan%202006.pdf
and this is the chemical I am refering to:
trace amounts of Hexavalent
Chromium
I'll do some research on it and let you know.....
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:24 PM   #76
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Here is more on it:
Safety and Health Topics: Hexavalent Chromium - Hazard Recognition
I guess only a test rock would tell the usabilty of the product. I will check if it used in regular Portand cement.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:33 PM   #77
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From what I have read on Portland cement does not contain that "Hexavalent Chromium. So I am at a lost to recomend that product.
Like I said, the only way is for you to do a test batch and see what happens. I would do it in another AQ.
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:45 PM   #78
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Thanks TC,

Your time and effort is much appreciated. I will be doing a test batch in the next few week so I'll keep the board informed.

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Old 06-21-2009, 01:10 PM   #79
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hey thincat looks like i might have to go back on wat i said and take the rocks back outside to soak for a longer time the ph in the rock tanks have got up to 8.8 or higher wat do ya think take em back out and soak again?
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ok i almost puked just now i took a rock out a small one one of my diy from one tank and smelled it ok no smell i figured a good way to see if it was being seeded was to kill any bacteria on it so i rinsed in hot tap water for like a sec and i smelled it again and i almost threw up on the spot!!!! i guess its seeded now huh just think about the smell i am going to get if you say i should let it soak again lol!!! oh wow!!
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