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Old 03-27-2008, 08:46 PM
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i was wondering, have anyone seen some pic of how they construct the stand for the rock? what kind of cement for the pvc should i use?
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Your normal PVC cement should be fine as far as I'm aware, if not then I'm sure someone will chip in. Usually a frame will be a U shape so that the rocks at the top will not topple over, e.g. the U shape is on it's side (hope that makes sense)!
You then need to drill holes in your rock and then feed them into the PVC tubing and stick into place. I think it sounds more difficult than it actually is. I have seen a few pics where there has been some fantastic rock overhangs and can be very effective. I suppose the only tricky bit is planning where all the rocks will go.

Found a picture on this site of someones frame they built:
PVC frame for Live Rock - 3reef Photos

This thread is also great, get to page 2 and you will see how he constructed his rock with lots of pics too. In fact I have never seen this method before and it's pretty cool:
My 220 build - Vivid Aquariums Forums

Good luck and post some pics so we can see how you get on.

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Old 03-28-2008, 05:36 AM   #3
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if i was going to do it i wouldnt use cement as there is no water under presure flowing threw the pvc, id just use the conecters, elbows etc to slap it together
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the rock either sits on the pvc or the pvc goes through the rock. use silicone instead of cement
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Random thought I had- there is the normal white pvc and then there is the dark gray underground rated kind. I was planning to use gray as it would be less visible, but I believe its UG conduit, and therfore not water-quality rated. Any plumbers care to chime in? Sparky maybe?
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you can use the grey pvc, euro reef does along with alot of other companies. the heavy duty bulkheads are the same material. its just plastic
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what kind of silicone? the glass one?
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aquarium glass silicone, you dont want to cement it if you have to take it apart later on, but the silicone will hold it good enough for a sturdy structure
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does drilling the pipe to let water in and out of the pipe seem to be a good idea?
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does drilling the pipe to let water in and out of the pipe seem to be a good idea?
i would with holes about 1/4-3/8" every couple inches that way the pvc structure wont be compromised and will allow the water to not become stagnet in the pipe. also allows a place for copopods to multiply
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