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Old 02-22-2011, 12:08 PM   #11
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I would place them in fresh water for about a month with water changes every other day. Or you could do the same but do a half vinegar water solution to neutralize the lime in the cement. That way only takes about a week. Remember when testing the. Ph of the water let it sit for 2 days to get an precise reading.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:31 PM   #12
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Couple of pieces from my first batch
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:54 PM   #13
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Looks nice. Let them air dry for about 3 days or else the cement will not fully harden. Then place them in water. I would really recommend using a vinegar water mixture to get rid of all the lime. Try and shoot for a ph of 4 ish with the mixture.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:14 PM   #14
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actually, that's not true. concrete sets up better under water. you can put it right in the water after you take it out of your mold.
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You can get coralline algae from another rock and put it in with the rocks you have. Eventually the algae will grow over all of the rocks. Curing can take 1-3 months.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:07 AM   #16
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Rock looks good. If you don't mind me asking, what was the total cost of this project and how many lbs did it yield? I am planning my 150 gal setup and I was looking to try to shave off a few hundred bucks by either getting base rock or making my own.
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Well overall around 40 to 50$$$ not sure yet what weight is... I will weigh it in a couple days
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I use sand for my mold but I need some ideas on some design for tonga branch
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I keep getting two answers to my question and would like to know if you use fresh or saltwater to cure a fresh batch of ac rock
This is the question that you asked. I gave you info based on what you asked. Based on curing rock.
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