DIY Rock - Oyster Shells

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Easy Tiger, 3 Aug 2012.

  1. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Day Dreamer Deluxe

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    So ... I am going to try and make some DIY " Oystercrete" base rock, following several established recipes I have found online .

    White Cement - check
    Aragonite - check
    Rock Salt - check
    Crushed Oyster Shells - er, no - does anyone know where to buy this stuff? I beleive they use it as chicken feed but I called around a few places today and people think I am a lunatic. Does anyone know where you can buy this stuff in Gauteng?

    Thanks!
     
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    They use it for racing pigeons, go to a specialist bird place and you'll come right.
     
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    Cant just leave it out if headache to find?

    It would be aragocrete instead

    Watch out on your source . Crush some oyster shell put it in RO water to test effects it will have on your tank
     
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    Easy Tiger

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    Uh oh - from one obsessive hobby to another ... cool, I will try phone around now. Have found a few places that sell the oyster shells crushed as animal feed - as in powder - not whole or in smaller chunks.
     
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    @BigFish - yep, will probably revert to aragonite and (maybe) crushed coral instead, if the oyster shell is not available. I'll probably try Ocean Basket now on my lunch hour ... :whistling:
     
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    Crushed coral works well. You can also use noodles. Once they dissolve they leave nice holes.
     
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    Wouldn't noodles rot and decay causing toxins?
     
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    Try not to use Crushed Shell...:blush:
    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=16937
     
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    Remember you still have to cure the home made rock for the stuff to leech out of the cement. This takes about 8 weeks. During this time the noodles will get soft and Dissolve out of the rock.
     
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    Thanks all - yep, I plan on around 60 days curing time ( new tank on it's way and should be installed within 2 months - got to break down half my house first!). I wanted to start on the rock now so it would be ready by then. I will be testing regularly for PH levels and later on PO4 - before putting it in the tank . Lots of info on MASA and other sites about the curing process so I am OK with the timeline ... it's just those pesky ingredients I need to find...
     
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    white cement, play sand and rock salt is all you need
     
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    Did you manage to find crushed oyster shells?
     
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    just for the record ,dude spend some bucks and buy some proper live rock
     

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