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Old 12-15-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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Diy live rock

I have decided to have a shot at making my own DIY live rock. I will keep you posted on my progress.
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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I used 4 ingredients...

• Mortons salt crystals (couple handfuls)
• Portland Cement (5 cups)
• Crushed oyster shells (20 cups)
• Water (5 cups)
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:56 PM   #3
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I mixed them all up into a thick texture with the ratios above, I created a mold out of damp play sand, and scooped it in. The salt is purley to make it more porous and to create caves as it dissolves in the curing process.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:03 PM   #4
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Here is what i used and where i got it...

Crushed oyster shells - $18 - 50lb bag - Agway ( or any feed/ farming store)

Portland cement - $8 - 96lb bag - Lowes (any home improvement store)

Morton's Salt crystals - $5 - Home Depot (often called water softener salt)

Now that it's in the mold, I will let it sit / dry for 48 hours. Then begin the curing process...
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:20 PM   #5
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Very cool! Can't wait to see results!
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:47 PM   #6
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Here it is so far, going to give it another day before cleaning it up and starting the curing process.... Looks like it may work! It is very porous, I'd say about the same as the figi rock I have in my reef tank! I may try a little more salt and cement in the next batch just to see the effect.

Now I'm off to start the next batch!

(cd is just to show you the size, it's gonna be a big live rock!)
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Looks great!
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Looks great!
Thanks, came out much better than I imagined, second batch is underway!
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Can't wait to see more!
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:07 PM   #10
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looks amazing, would you be able to put something like this in a cichlid/freshwater tank or would it throw off the water?
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