Aquascape - HELP!

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  1. SIMS

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    Ok today I decided it was time to get moving on my tank so I got up and bought a whole bunch of stuff to help me get the aquascape just right...some putty, cabel ties and a few other bits and bobs...

    I cut a piece of wood the size of the 2 rock structures I want and started to build on a table.. Man can I build nice structures! I use a bit of putty to get the 4 "feet" nice and strong and figure I can build something similar in tank...

    Well lets just say I chucked all the rock back in the tank and wasted alot of putty and about 4 hours!

    How do you guys get it done in tank I don't know???

    I think I should just empty the tank get in and build the aquascape and fill em up again.

    Any advice, tips tricks?
     
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    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    I think you're gonna have to go the empty tank route hey... If you don't have bracing etc you could always take all the rock out, build your structure very firmly and then lower it into the tank.
     
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    lol, I just put the bottom rocks in and balance the rest on top.
     
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    Ditto, Dean! Ditto! ;-) Perphaps I will be daring enough one day to do it differently!

    I am absolutely interested by the tank that Wee-Man posted of Simon Garrett. He built his own "aquascaped rock mounds" - I am playing with the idea of getting rid of the live rock in my tank and placing "fake/bio-rock" into my tank....
     
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    before my tank move im still deciding which route to take for my LR stand,thinking about 2 on each end of the tank with a bridge running across them.get the pic?
     
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    I have ried stands they look shit either way....oh well I will get this one right!
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    so you say they finished off kak?was also wondering if i should go the rockstand route or just place the rocks directly onto the glass and create enough flow around and side the caves and crevices
     
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    I tries 40mm, 20mm, 25mm and eggcrate...all look kak... I'm going to empty my tank and build a nice strong rock scape then fill up again. It's impossible to work with putty in water just a big mess. I found that cable ties and putty work quite well as well as plastic rods. I used these 6mm pipes that are for garden sprinklers just cut off the top bit and drill the rock and putty it in so it's nice and strong. Also find trimmer nylon works well too...
     
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    yeah im going the cable tied and putty method
     
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    Problem is if you have good rock it just crumbles when the drill hits it...
     
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    exactly.thats why i wanna drill would say 6mm bits.cant use 20 and 25mm bits
     
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    I've also given up on the idea of making LR stands.

    Unless they are madee quite small it is difficult to really stack the rock up properly on/around them. But then if they are small then a large pieec of liverock is just as good as a stand.
     
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    really dont know what im doing right now,will plot and plan...
     
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    Keep me posted because I'm ready to pile the rocks in the garden and just use sand!
     
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    :lol:
    why whats wrong with the rocks?
     
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    it's not the rocks it's the idiot trying to aquascape with them!
     
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    Supid Q, but we not use Stainless steal to support.
     
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    Your average stainless steel will rust....

    I am thinking of building supports with carbon fibre rods I use for my RC airplanes.
     
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    haha ok.lol
     
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