best way to set up structure for coral tank

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  1. 4age

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    hi guys..im busy doing the scaping for my reef tank..I have base rock which I put together with pratley putty. .now I need to decide if I should stick pieces of the live rock together with pratley or just place on top of the base structure. .i dont mind either way but need to weigh the pros against the cons..pratley use will mean safer solid structure..which means I cant really move rock around if I need to

    im interested in knowing what the rest of u guys do..stick everything together or leave live rock loose
     
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    I prefer a solid structure. You shouldn't need to move rocks, you move corals not rocks.

    Suggest drilling and using acrylic rods in conjunction with pratley.
     
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    Yeah yeah Mr lets rescape this weekend:whistling:
     
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    put it like this, you would never be happy with your scaping. And that day you are happy, then you need to take out one little fish who started eating your favourite coral. And to get that little fish, forces you to dismantle almost everything...

    One way around this is to have extra glass panels that you can split your display in two, having the offending fish in a smaller section. Then you only need to dismantle that part.
     
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    What drill bit do you use to drill into the rocks and do you just put the rods through the rocks?
     
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    Take a look at my ex-tank thread.

    I build my rock on matrix of acrylic rods (Fiberglas is better, but could never find any locally) and also drilled holes trough the rock for the rods so that it give a stable structure when stacked on top of each other, but you could still remove the individual pieces when you need to (catch a crab or move the tank).

    Will definitely go this route again next time as it lift the rocks of the sand bed, gives it a stable structure even if you have digging LS and allow you to stack a fairly high, vertical/narrow structure.

    However discovered that it is not so easy to remember how the strcutre fitted together when I had to reassemble it after the move, will tag the rock with front, left, right and back tags next time :banghead:

    I used a long concrete drill, but not really needed.
     
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    Great thanks for the info and where can I get the rods? Maizey?
     
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