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Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by iani, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. iani

    iani Guest

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    UPDATE
    http://www.bareefers.org/home/node/9458?page=3#comment-131301



    Don't get excited this won't be happening anytime soon. But I wanted to do something crazy with my rock work and figured now is as good a time as any. I want to thank Jimmy for helping out on the rock. The pictures don't do the rock justice. Jimmy can tell you so. Lots of ledges cannot be seen. One archway rock is 20 inches front to back. I wanted to keep the rock to about the middle of the tank in height to allow room for the sps to grow. Also there is a center rear overflow in the tank so the rock work needed to work around that. The rocks were put together with zip ties, one nylon rod, and a bunch of hydraulic cement. The cement in the shots are not yet cured, it will end up a lighter grey color. Here are the pictures.


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  2. mpoletti

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    Awesome stuff Ian, I look forward to seeing colored sticks attached to those rocks soon enough :D
     
  3. iani

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    Hopefully sooner than later Mark.
     
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    looks great. the arrangement gives good sense of depth.

    is that the macro rock?

    nick
     
  5. iani

    iani Guest

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    Yup marco rock. I should of taken some side shots.
     
  6. seminolecpa

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    This thread is worthless without a tank :)
     
  7. Ibn

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    ...or water!
     
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    stop teasing us DUDE,buy a house .get it over with.:)


    Lapsan
     
  9. jimmyc

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    I should offer to "rock sit" them in my tank till Ian sets his up. =P Dude you need a soda can to show the size and scale of the rocks. each section was like 30lbs!
     
  10. Reef Keeper

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    Sweat. Seeing that you already have one of the most awesome tanks I've seen, this should really blow us away.
     
  11. JAR

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    Interesting concept... :D
    Does this mean you might put sand in there too? :bigsmile:
     
  12. iani

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    Bryan you can see the tank on the right side of the background.

    Eric, tank but no water.

    Lap, hopefully I can get it setup soon.

    Jimmy, thanks again for helping out. I guess I should have put something next to the rock for scale. I also should have taken some side shots to capture the overhangs that jut out to the front.

    Joel, thanks.

    Jon, I am going to put a shallow sand bed. I am going to use the sand that Mark recommended (tideline).
     
  13. JAR

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    Nice!
    Welcome back!
     
  14. iani

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    Video of my work. It gives you a better idea of the caves and ledges.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKiYlHPC9wY
     
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    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    Not too shabby. I really like the pieces that are defying gravity and just hanging over like a ledge without being connected like an arch.
     
  16. GreshamH

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    Key Largo or Fiji Rock? Just saying Marco rock is like saying you drive a car ;)
     
  17. Ibn

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    Looks sweet. Plenty of places to mount your corals.
     
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    Hey Ian, what brand of mortar did you use? I did the same thing as you a few years back for my tank, but ran into problems with the mortar disintegrating over time. The Aquarium in Concord (now closed) used the same process and after a couple years they found the same problem ... unfortunately this was in their 1200 (or however big it was) vertical display and the boulders of live rock detached from the mortar and rods and tumbled down. If these are out of the tank, though, you can do a few things to ensure they hold up longer.
     
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    Wow ! That is some great scaping ! And I just finished reading your semi annual upgrade thread ! =)
     
  20. iani

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    Mike, those are my favorite too.

    Gresh, key largo. I asked Mark to make sure he included a bunch of nice flatter pieces when he shipped the order.

    Eric, way more than my current tank.

    Robin, I used sakrete hydraulic cement made to use as a leak stopper. From what I read online this is the cement of choice.

    Thanks, smitty.
     

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