Freefly's nano aquascape project Q&A

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  1. Freefly

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    Hi everyone!

    I asked this under the new members page, but it seems it doesn't get good exposure, so I am moving the thread here.

    Riaan P was nice enough to answer some of the below questions, but perhaps other members can help me, especially with number three, as there is a chance that I will begin scaping this weekend :thumbup:

    I was also invited to his house for a quick info session, which I really appreciate! Thanks Riaan!

    Cobus


     
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    Hi,
    the short of it, in a nano this will over shadow alot of the tank, while the idea sounds good, its not practical in a small tank, even in large tanks. the corals/sponges/turnicates you would need to keep are not for most, except die-hard experts or large tank, but if you willing it can work.

    dead rock is fine, all rock will eventually be live rock anyway.
     
  5. Freefly

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    Thanks for the answer!

    After considering your post above, I started looking at something in the line of http://www.ultimatereef.net/uploader/2009Q1/IMG_3984.jpg

    It will leave a nice sandy bottom, and enough space for corals and fish to swim, so no huge loss of space..

    How would I go about doing this? Drill, cable ties, and a lot of inginuity?

    C

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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am going with this on my new build

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    wow this is sick:thumbup:
     
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    ive seen a local tank same design diferent coral :lol: ..... only issue is its damn pricey as complete structure is made of tonga branch only and for me,seeing the local 1 with softies etc,i think sps does it more justice,also the lfs in fishoek had exact scape FO system filled with beautifull triggers
     
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    Then you know exactly what I am talking about! Beautiful!

    Soooo, how do I go about scaping it from live rock?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    drilling rock, acrylic rods, aquamend and cable ties
    loads of LR
    with these scapes you need large, mine is for a 2500x1000, never tried on a small tank
     
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    impossible to do on a small tank IMO tried and tested,in a small tank blue fiji works best u can be selective in the shape you choose,whilst in lfs take out a few pieces and do mock scaping like i did :lol: and wen i was happy,i took a pic so i could remember placements and then bought the rock,blue fiji always fits like giant puzle pieces,fun and easy and remarkable finishes
     
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    That's a lovely idea for a scaping. I'd recommend using smaller pieces of rock, thinner and flatter so they can be balanced easier. Pratley putty and cable ties will make sure it stays together, and then join it to a heavy rock that will be able to provide the necessary support to the shelf.

    I made a shelf similar to this with putty and cable ties (the outcrop on the right in the pic below). It is a bit unstable though because it is at the top of my rockwork and I do not have a decent counter weight on it - it is just balanced there. I have it angled in such a way that the light reached the rest of the corals, but directly underneath the overhang (in shadow) I don't have anything that grows very well.

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    Where can I get such rods + aquamend?
     
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    u dnt need rods,they cost a bit more,but u can use pvc pice,and aquamend u get at any builders warehouse or hardware...brand name is "alcolin aquamend"
     
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    Great pic, thanks! I have the product names, and I'll attempt scaping something similar :thumbup:

    There is a builders close to my lfs, so I'll get that en-route...

    I'll scape it roughly at my lfs, and buy more than I initially require, and ask whether I can take some back for a refund.

    I'll use your advice and scape the ledge close to the sand to reduce the top heavy issue, as well as the act that it would be difficult to grow something underneath'

    Damn I'm excited!

    Any other brilliant ideas?
     
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    Wouldn't the hole in the pvc pipe create a haven for algae and bacteria? How does on use the pvc pipe to scape?
     
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    For a nano, rather go with the acrylic rods as dallas suggested. for the amount you need it wont cost alot at all.
     
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    no you can close off ends with end caps or silicone and for extra effect u can rub a thin layer of silicone ove exposed pipe and sprinkle some aragonit over it,be sure to use aquarium silcone and it will give a nicer natural look
     
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    acrylic rods may not hold the weight for suspended section,but for a nano yeah it can work,i suggested an easier option as pvc pipes are readily avail almost anywere and ive seen many builds using pvc pipes with great success,it may be an eyesore but once it matures algae will cover or else from start use the aragonite suggestion i stated above
     
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    here are some awesome nanos

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