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Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by PeterAmos, 16 Mar 2015.

  1. PeterAmos

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    So after a complete strip down and a lot of DIY filtration. this is my new un-cycled landscape. Corrals and fish to be added later. Thought you might like to comment.(if anyone is interested in the DIY filtration it consists of RUG filters, tubes for current flow as seen in the landscape pic, outside sump as well as inside sump, Alge scrubber etc.), Its 2.7 meters long.

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    looks cool, i would remove the cave
     
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    You're just scared of dark places. :p I love the cave, think it looks great.
     
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    its not practical for corals etc but i would move those rocks to the right corner
     
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    Its a big tank, its a large flat surface on top of the cave in-between the rocks, bit hard to see in the pic
     
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    The rocks in front making up the top of the cave have been grooved and fitted onto the side of a large ceramic tile that gives me the flat surface on top for some corrals
     
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    Peter what plans do you have in terms of populating the Rock, are you going to be placing corals in the tank etc?
     
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    The black rocks on the left and right sides look like sandstone or mudstone to me. They often leach phosphates and other nasties into the water and don't do anything for filtration because they're so solid. I'd toss em.
     
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    So I wanna put some mushrooms and a large finger corral on the flat surface above the cave, then a large tree corral on the left, I believe I have a way of making my anenimi stationary (without threatening him:biggrin:)so I will fine a nice spot for him. Hope to place a large clam near the front left.
     
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    Not sure what they are, feels more like a granite, super heavy and dense. Picked them up off the Durban beach front. They are just hiding the drain pipes that shape the water flow. Same colour.
     
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    Thanks for the tips, this is the fun part for me. As the fish and corrals, well its like my business, it would be so less stress if I didn't need customers and staff:m23:
     
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    if you are expecting coral growth maybe leave a little more space for it.
     
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    Space as in rocks to attach to or as in more empty sand spaces?
     
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    Hmm, keep them for your garden instead. Heavy rocks like that are quite risky to your bottom glass. Even if they're resting on sand at the moment, they work their way down to the glass eventually and then all it takes is a bump and you have a wet carpet.

    You'll get corals and stuff to grow over the pipes pretty quickly. If you want free Xenia or Sinularia frags then just drop me a PM.
     
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    more space; between the topmost layer of rocks and the top of the tank/water level.
     
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    the secret to scaping is allowing for coral growth 6 months to a year down the line
     
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    Update
    So I thought I would update the picture, the corals haven't opened fully yet but its starting to take shape.

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    I like the deep dark cave.
     
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