First batch of DIY live rock

Discussion in 'I made this!' started by Urban_s, Jul 29, 2006.

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  1. ziggy222

    ziggy222 Fire Goby

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    aslo,forgot to mention.cement will cure no matter what.i has cement sitting dry in my shed curing.it just takes a really long time that way.longer than its worth.
     
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  3. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Concrete is "green" for about 28 days. By the end of that period it should stop leaching kalkwasser, and the curing process finished.
     
  4. gazog

    gazog Kole Tang

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  5. dngspot

    dngspot Spaghetti Worm

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    My tank has 300 lbs of DIY rock and about 40 lbs of Figi. The rock is 3 years old. Here is a pic.
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  6. Scott Osborne

    Scott Osborne Feather Duster

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    Hello all. I've been making DIY rock for close to 10 years. I've easliy made 10 tons of it. I am also a mason contractor and work with cementious items on a daily basis.

    On the curing. The best way to cure is to place your rock in a fast moving river or stream. This will leach the Alkalines in about 30 days. If you must cure at home I use a 300 gallon rubbemaid with a pond pump inside. I change the water every two days for about 6 weeks. I monitor it daily with a pH meter and record the numbers. You will start to see a steady drop after about 3 weeks. Once the pH reaches 8.5-9 and is stable I then soak the rock in waste RO/DI water for a couple days. Once it dries out I begin the culturing process. One good way to speed things up is to allow the rock to dry for two weeks before putting it in water.

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    Heres a bit of my rock.

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    Generally when I make rock I make a lot. I tend to make my mixes in a Commercial Stone 2 bag motar mixer
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    DIY Rock is so easy that even my daughter gets involved. She helped make all the rock for her tank!
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    Heres my most recent work. A 1000 gallon reef with all DIY rock. Some of the pics of the rock on the floor has some real baserock
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    Heres the tank 'scaped
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    And a vid of the 'scaping
    YouTube - Aquascape Party v.2
     
  7. baugherb

    baugherb Giant Squid

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    Man, you make your daughter drive herself to work...lol.. Thats awesome rock work... Amazing...
     
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  9. Camilsky

    Camilsky Montipora Capricornis

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    Wow! 1000 gal! Looks amazing! Good luck! Please keep us updated ! 8)
     
  10. Scott Osborne

    Scott Osborne Feather Duster

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    Its not my tank. I am just helping with the building and engineering.

    Theres a build thread for it here fingerlakesreef.com ::

    Warning the build has moved pretty slow.
     
  11. LordMaximo

    LordMaximo Plankton

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    Just way too cool.....I was speed reading through the build....mighty fine work you guys have done there. My wife wants a pit tank inour basement next year....care to drop on by and help in the dig.....lol......? Great work, and your rock is just perfact :cool:

    Maximo
     
  12. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    Scott, I've made 3 pieces, they're in a bucket of water with a powerhead for a week now. I did them last Sat and changed the water this past Sat. I figure at this rate I'll have it done around the end of April, which is fine with me. I'm planning on doing some more as soon as I get another powerhead for the water movement. Pretty cool! The 1st 2 shapes are flat with like fat "spikes" coming out of the bottom, so my engineer goby can have his tunnels. and the other is a bowl shape. I was just playing on those first ones, so I don't really even know if I can use them in the tank, but it's worth a try! My hubby and his best friend(& next door neighbor) think I'm nuts!::)