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Old 03-18-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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Silicone + Rocks

Alright, i've never used silicone to put rocks together, but i'm sure others have, which is why i'm asking it up.

Anyways, i have a pretty decently heavy rock.. maybe six pounds, and i really want it to stand up because it's an awesome looking rock. So.. my question is what kind of aquarium grade silicone should i use that is really strong, won't give out over time and won't let the rock break off, etc..

Also, any tips to sticking rocks together via silicone?
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If it's really heavy, I doubt silicone will really hold it if you're trying to get it stuck into an exact position.

Others have used slate bases, stainless steel rods and drilled the rock to let the rod go through it.

All that being said, I've never siliconed rock so maybe someone has actual experience.
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Ha.. that steel rod is a good idea since the rocks i wanted to work with are pretty heavy. Hmm.. i'll see what i have to work with. I'm just really trying to make a rock structure that will look good and compiled, instead of sloppy rock piling.

I'll see what i can find. Thanks neilanh for the info because i may just wind up going the drilling, steel rod route to get the look i really want.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:06 AM   #4
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Here, check this link out
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neilanh! Thank you! That's a great page!

I definitely know what i want to do now. Thank so much!
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We want pics when you do it!
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Don't use a steel rod, it will rust over time in saltwater. Use either pvc, fiberglass or acrylic rods.

Here's a tank that was setup with live rock pillars held together with acrylic rods.
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Larry when I setup my big tank in the next few years I'm going to hire you to do my rockwork....
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how about I send you pics of what I have and you guys try to tell me how to scape it!! I want that pic up two posts sooo bad
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Larry when I setup my big tank in the next few years I'm going to hire you to do my rockwork....
You don't want to hire me. That's Sanjay's tank...hire him.
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