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Old 09-06-2005, 02:38 AM   #1
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33g reef tank pic. Home made rock after 8 months.

Thought I'd post a picture of how my tank is coming along. I got a lot of help on this forum starting out and it has payed off. Thanks AA! Easy to maintain finally now and everything has been doing good for some time.

I had built all my own rocks for this reef and here is what it looks like now after 8 months in the tank.

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Equipment: 33G SW Reef tank (pic), 192W Coralife PC lighting, PHs for H2O circulation, Red Sea Berlin Classic Skimmer
Aquascaping: 3" DSB, 50lb live rock (~35 lbs home made Cement Base Rock)
Clean Up Crew: Blue Leg hermits, Cerith snails, Astrea Snails, Stomatella snails, Brittlestar, banded brittles.
Critters: Hawaiian feather duster, Coral Banded Shrimp, Emerald Crab
Corals: Open Brain Coral, Cabbage coral, 4 RBTAs, Melon mushrooms, green Zoos, yellow polyps, finger Leather, orange Zoos, Brown Zoos, Chocolate Zoos, Xenia, GSP, Kenya Tree Coral, 2 acropora SPS, blue sponge, candy cane
Fish/Inverts: Maroon Clownfish, Scooter Blenny, Coral Beauty dwarf angel, Sea Hare
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Old 09-06-2005, 03:57 AM   #2
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how do you mean make your own rock?
i'm researching for a salt tank atm
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Old 09-06-2005, 04:56 AM   #3
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Do a search for "agrocrete." It's basically a way to make porous manmade rocks with concrete. Over time, it will become "live" with bacteria. It has its pros and cons.
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Old 09-06-2005, 01:36 PM   #4
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Wow...thats beautiful.
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Old 09-07-2005, 02:47 AM   #5
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Thanks fetcher!

DeFeKt, ya, there are a couple of good articles on making your own rock. Lots of info on the www.garf.org site (they call it aragocrete) and I found mine originally from http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaver...ementRock.html.

As far as advantages:
1.Its more porous than most purchased rock if you build it right.
2.Its as cheap as cement and oyster shell
3.It can be made to the exact types of sizes and shapes as you like
4.It grows coraline algae fast with both aragonite or oyster shell base
5.And did I mention its cheap!!
6.After months in a tank, it looks the same as any expensive purchased rock.

Disadvantages are:
1.Can be dense and not very porous if you build it wrong (bad recipe)
2.Can be too porous or weak and will fall apart if you build it wrong(bad recipe)
3.Takes about 8 weeks to cure in freshwater that you must circular and change the water every 24-48 hrs.
4.Takes months to grow coraline coverage.
5.Takes a batch or 2 to practice to make nice forms and shapes for what you want.[/url]
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Equipment: 33G SW Reef tank (pic), 192W Coralife PC lighting, PHs for H2O circulation, Red Sea Berlin Classic Skimmer
Aquascaping: 3" DSB, 50lb live rock (~35 lbs home made Cement Base Rock)
Clean Up Crew: Blue Leg hermits, Cerith snails, Astrea Snails, Stomatella snails, Brittlestar, banded brittles.
Critters: Hawaiian feather duster, Coral Banded Shrimp, Emerald Crab
Corals: Open Brain Coral, Cabbage coral, 4 RBTAs, Melon mushrooms, green Zoos, yellow polyps, finger Leather, orange Zoos, Brown Zoos, Chocolate Zoos, Xenia, GSP, Kenya Tree Coral, 2 acropora SPS, blue sponge, candy cane
Fish/Inverts: Maroon Clownfish, Scooter Blenny, Coral Beauty dwarf angel, Sea Hare
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