HELP please! Possible to break apart rock bound with epoxy?

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  1. Matt

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    Got some LR bound together by blobs of Aquascape construction epoxy (coralline colour)

    I'd like to change the aquascaping a bit. If I remove the LR from the tank will I be able to easily break down the epoxied aquascape? Will it be hard to remove the epoxy blobs off the rock?

    Also whilst aquascaping, can I leave my tank inhabitants in the tank or is it too stressul for them? Would it be a better idea to place them in a 10L bucket while I move the scape around a bit?
     
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    Hi Matt - my opinion on this:
    - firstly, leave the inhabitants - just be careful that you do not drop any rocks otherwise it might land on a fish, shrimp, crabs or corals...
    - secondly - it should not be TOO hard to dislodge the rocks bound by the epoxy - BUT, I am not sure whether you would be able to get the epoxy completely off from the rocks, though....

    My 2cents worth.... Hope you get the answers you are looking for!
     
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    Take the creatures out and put into a dark container and no mixing of violent creatures and keep your corals separated from each other.

    You may have to break the actual rock as the epoxycan be quite strong.

    Has to do it to my first load of LR.

    Do the new scaping, get water to calm down, leave lights off and introduce creatures back slowly one at a time.

    Great time to do a BIG water change and clean tank :sifone::sifone:
     
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    The only creatures being clowns and a serpent star, so not sure if its going to be beneficial to remove them or just leave them in...
     
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    Take them out and be safe, those clowns are not the brightest creatures and the seastar can't really dodge a rock.
     
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    Ive heard starfish should not be exposed to air. Is this true? if so how do I get it out?
     
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    Sink a bag, put the sea star in and remove bag, but i would follow Jacques advice, leave them in, but as Warr said big water change after scaping.
     
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    What Jaques said.

    When I move my star I just submerge a tupperware container, its a bit easier than a bag.
     
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    Thanks guys ;)
     
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