Aquascaping

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01 Jan 2014 20:17 #1 by jonmac (Jon McNamee)

This is my current set up, 240L 2 months old, fish only.

Plan to go reef after I have set up a new sump with skimmer and UV steriliser.
Need advice re aquascaping.
Was planning on buying more live rock, enough to build up to the full height of the tank.
I was going to layout the live rock outside the tank and glue together using Ecotech marine coral glue, then locate the completed aquascape into the tank. Then slowly add the various coral, polyps, fan etc.

All this while the fish are still in the tank! Am I mad or is this method viable?

'Its not the years honey, its the milage'
Dunshaughlin, Meath.
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01 Jan 2014 20:38 #2 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
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You could IMO be asking for trouble....
If it was me, I'd add it in loose but build carefully making sure everything has good solid standing!
I've seen lads add live rock and within a day everything in the tank is dead due to a spike in nitrates or ammonia etc....
I've also seen lads add live rock and a few weeks later have a load of new life in the tank they didn't have before..... not always welcome'd live stock at that...... for that reason alone, being able to remove rock would be essential to stop them hiding on you too handily

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01 Jan 2014 21:40 #3 by jonmac (Jon McNamee)
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Yikes good point.

I am told you can apply Ecotech glue while in the water, I might try that.

If I am going to go high with the live rock it would be mad to leave it free standing. 2 or 3 sections would be ideal, built gradually.

'Its not the years honey, its the milage'
Dunshaughlin, Meath.

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04 Jan 2014 14:32 #4 by jonmac (Jon McNamee)
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Ok bought the ecotech glue and its not cheap but its really no good with large rocks. Only cement will work I reckon.
So went free standing but I never feel safe with free standing, see below.
All fish survived the ordeal. Plan to cement the rocks before I change to reef and add coral.



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25 Mar 2014 14:46 #5 by txtmess (Ciaran)
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There are a few different types of glue / cement that will set under water ask in Seahourse and they can advise what would be best based on the size of rock..

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