DIY Liverock

Discussion in 'Anything DIY Related' started by teez, 16 Jul 2008.

  1. teez

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    hey all,

    not if anyone has seen this before but it can save you a lot money

    DIY 9


    am going to attempt some features soon and will post pics ;)
     
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    Good one, i've seen these before and they do work, just be careful in material selection and you should be fine.
     
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    nice!like the idea of creating your own rocks to suit your tank:thumbup:
    keep us updated!
     
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    Awsome link,read through it sometime back.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Quick question.Where do we get this large granular salt?
     
  7. Raven

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    I've used portland cement before to create a couple of rocks (not very big rocks).
    it is very easy, but you must be sure to cure the LR in fresh water for a month or so. This is due to the fact that the cement's alkanity is very high...
     
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    I feel there is no substitute for the real thing, it`ll be more expensive initially but your system will be more robust biologically.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Very true Robin.What i do like is the branching structures that can be built using the technique, hard to find this in our LR.
     
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    im also thinking of making my own FR, just have to think on ingredients....
    so far im thinking of white cement, aragonite, crushed coral... does any1 know what salt to use? and where to get?
     
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    Without a doubt correct, but if used in conjunction with good quality liverock, home made can give the scaping that little bit extra.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Is it the normal large granule salt from supermarkets?
     
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    Some of my home made rocks have the same amout of live on it as the real thing.
    So i'm not sure how much more robust the real thing is in comparison with the home made rocks.
     
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    i think this would cool for guys building huge tanks, that way they can spend abit on the real thing but also save loads and be creative ;)
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Yes Raven.All sorts of things will grow on the rock.But it will still not have the same amount benefits and biological filteration as the real stuff.
     
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    Its more what real live rock contains within it not necessarily what grows on it thats important.
     
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    True.


    But if you can mix the real stuff with the home made stuff you will get the benefit of both - not so?
    Look - i won't use 100% home made rock in my tank, and I do agree that you need the lr as well in your tank.

    I've read an artical a time ago about public aquariums that's using cement rocks in their tanks.. I'll try to find it again...
     
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    those cement rock will work nice for base rock
     
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    Hi
    Ive given this a bash and it works well. The salt I used I got from the local hardware[swiming pool salt its fairley course] Heres some pics'

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    I must be doff :whistling:

    Why are you making rocks out of salt ?
     
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    The salt dissolves and leaves holes. Similar to LR
     
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