Aquascaping materials - glue, putty, acrylic rods & other

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  1. Lockes

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    I have got a bunch of South Seas rock that I need to aquascape

    What's the best method to use:

    Pratley Normal putty - will soaking the rock get rid of contaminants?

    Ecotech glue - don't knwo if this is good enough for aquascaping

    Acrylic rod or maybe plastic coathanger - you reckon a plastic coat hanger will leak anything
     
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    I would recommend a drill and various sized acrylic rods reinforced with a putty (Aquamend)
     
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    And the odd cable tie
     
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    struggling to find somewhere close for the acrylic rods.....you reckon a coathanger will leach
     
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    It's not so much the leaching, it's the strength that's the issue.

    Try a Gumtree search
     
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    Visser MASA Contributor

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    Maizies plastics has acrylic rods. (They have about 20 different sized rods that i could see last week & rather well priced as well)
     
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    Plastic World in Selby also used to stock acrylic rods.

    I drilled holes and used cable ties. Worked for a while until the cable ties broke so I do think acrylic rods/putty would be the better option. My one suggestion would be to make your rockscape in pieces - don't assemble it all as one piece that you cannot take apart if you need/want to move something around.
     
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    Thanks ordered acrylic rods. Good and quick service from Maizeys in Edenvale

    Should I rather buy reef putty than pratleys?

    Worried about chemicals in pratleys
     
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    They are all pretty much the same thing the only problem you might have is if you are adding the rock with the putty straight to the tank your skimmer will go berserk for 24 hours while it takes all the rubbish being released from the putty

    you could also use aqua mend which can brought at pretty much and building supply shop
     
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    Will be doing this out of the tank, letting it dry and then soaking it all for +- 2 weeks before adding it to the tank

    That should be fine right?
     
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    if you are worries about the chemicals, you can purchase reef putty or auqamed(from the hardware store its basically the same thing):whistling:
     
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    Let is dry for a day or two then you can add straight to your tank, no need to soak for that long.
     
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    I would rather let it "Dry" in another tub in old tank water. No need to kill the critters inside the rock.
     
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    Yeah definitely, but no worries as this is dry rock aquascaping for a new tank
     
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