Attaching Live rock

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Hi so when starting to aquascape what is the best to attach the rocks together or is the Stanley putty the only way to do it.

Saw they use acrylic rods on BRS.tv are available in south Africa?

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Pratleys putty is always a safe bet. I use that orange pipe they use for plumbing, I reckon if it is safe for drinking water, it is safe for my fish.
 

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Hi so when starting to aquascape what is the best to attach the rocks together or is the Stanley putty the only way to do it.

Saw they use acrylic rods on BRS.tv are available in south Africa?
I used acrylic rods in my scape, I got them from Maizey Plastics (I think I bought a meter of the 10mm).
 

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I used these little black pipes you get at builders for irrigation with some super glue gel. Also using pratley putty between rock joints just makes it stronger but can be frustrating to put on wet rock.
 

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Do you need to attach all the rock together or only a selected few.

Or do I just stack them together in the tank.?
 
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Do you need to attach all the rock together or only a selected few.

Or do I just stack them together in the tank.?
It depends on the shape of the rocks, just make sure it is 100% stable. I found the rods through the rock works the best like a kebab, just drill the rocks with a masonry bit and without the hammer function on the drill. Pratley's putty is also good once it has set, but it does release tiny amounts of ammonia into the water when still wet, so don't overdo it at once.
 
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It depends on the shape of the rocks, just make sure it is 100% stable. I found the rods through the rock works the best like a kebab, just drill the rocks with a masonry bit and without the hammer function on the drill. Pratley's putty is also good once it has set, but it does release tiny amounts of ammonia into the water when still wet, so don't overdo it at once.
Yeah +1 on @hotdog83 drilling holes and using rods is a very stable way to do it you can get your shaping right and make adjustments as is without having putty all over.
 

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