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Yedgy
08/26/2011, 04:46 PM
I've got 50 pounds of Tonga Branch rock headed my way, so please show off your aquascapes! Any tips on stacking/binding the branches together!

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aandfsoccr04
08/26/2011, 08:26 PM
bump

Yedgy
08/27/2011, 09:14 PM
...anybody? :worried:

aandfsoccr04
08/28/2011, 09:41 AM
Hello??? ttt

mark54321
08/28/2011, 10:51 AM
I guess there is not many only Tonga Branch rock aquascapes,here is mine 120 when first set up.Used only one big branch of Tonga rock:

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz277/markmikina/IMG_1118.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz277/markmikina/IMG_1101-1.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz277/markmikina/IMG_1127.jpg

benzreef
08/28/2011, 12:23 PM
I do not have pictures, but I had to zip-tie a few large pieces together to get the shape I wanted, then I just held those down on small pieces of egg crate with more zip-ties. Get the thicker zip-ties if you take this approach, I went through waaaay too many of the small ones. I also had relatively small pieces compared to Mark's nice branch. You'd have to hide the ties with rocks until they encrust with coralline, even then it's noticeable.

Yedgy
08/28/2011, 01:32 PM
That's a beautiful branch, Mark. Did you later have any problems with it that made you decide to remove it?

Drae
08/28/2011, 01:35 PM
I used my Tonga for caves. You can't see it to well but it made nice caves for sure. Photos coming today. I have to take a few and upload them.

Yedgy
08/28/2011, 01:35 PM
I do not have pictures, but I had to zip-tie a few large pieces together to get the shape I wanted, then I just held those down on small pieces of egg crate with more zip-ties. Get the thicker zip-ties if you take this approach, I went through waaaay too many of the small ones. I also had relatively small pieces compared to Mark's nice branch. You'd have to hide the ties with rocks until they encrust with coralline, even then it's noticeable.
I figure I could cover the visible zip-ties with some epoxy to camouflage them.

mark54321
08/28/2011, 02:07 PM
That's a beautiful branch, Mark. Did you later have any problems with it that made you decide to remove it?

I never removed it from my tank,it just got overgrown with corals.

scapes
08/28/2011, 02:45 PM
i'll post pics later when my tank clears up a bit

Drae
08/28/2011, 03:58 PM
http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa476/Diondrae1215/IMAG0325-1.jpg

Drae
08/28/2011, 03:59 PM
http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa476/Diondrae1215/IMAG0635-1.jpg

Drae
08/28/2011, 04:01 PM
http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa476/Diondrae1215/IMAG0644-1.jpg

Drae
08/28/2011, 04:03 PM
http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa476/Diondrae1215/IMAG0634-1.jpg http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa476/Diondrae1215/IMAG0635-1.jpg

Drae
08/28/2011, 04:05 PM
Sorry for poor pics and I'm just learning to post them so my bad about the quadruple posts. *DRAE*

Drae
08/28/2011, 04:13 PM
http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa476/Diondrae1215/IMAG0622.jpg. 25LBS Tonga, 90lbs Marco, 30 lbs pukani, 30lbs tukani. Lots of caves, territory, and real estate thanks to the Tonga.

Yedgy
08/28/2011, 05:11 PM
Very nice, Drae! Did you start off with a "skeleton" of TBR and then fill it in with the Marco & Pukani?

Drae
08/28/2011, 05:42 PM
Very nice, Drae! Did you start off with a "skeleton" of TBR and then fill it in with the Marco & Pukani?

That's exactly what I did. I didn't intend to, actually wanted to see more tbr, but everything just seemed to lock in place when I started the scape, so I left it. Thanks BTW. *DRAE*

scapes
08/28/2011, 07:34 PM
i bought i think 50lbs of dried tonga branch from BRS two years ago. had it forever just growing out in tubs in just now a few months back decided to make a tank of it. kinda plain. i just stacked them all together, no rhyme or reason.

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j57/chargedtuna/75g/947.jpg

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j57/chargedtuna/75g/948.jpg

home to one paddlefin wrasse and a small flame angel
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j57/chargedtuna/040.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j57/chargedtuna/041.jpg

Yedgy
08/29/2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks for posting the pics, scapes. Your fishes have tons of natural hiding places with your TBR. Also looks like flow is largely unimpeded as well.

110galreef
08/30/2011, 07:44 AM
here is my 250g tank. I used about 40# of BRS tonga. It is very dense. The rest is a little shelf and mostly Pukani. Also a little established fiji to start the cycle. Here are some crappy pics i had on my phone.

Shortly afetr cycle.
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd71/steveh1234/Tank/100_2870.jpg

Here are a few others since I redid the aquascape. I retiered it so there are basically three levels on the right and 2 main levels on the left. Makes for a much better use of space for corals as well as brings out the depth of this tank(36" front to back)

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd71/steveh1234/Tank/IMAG0027.jpg

Right side close up. Still hard to see but allows for great layouts.
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd71/steveh1234/Tank/IMAG0015.jpg

Left side. Not much Tonga that you can see. Mostly in the back or under the rock.
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd71/steveh1234/Tank/IMAG0028.jpg

BrookR1
08/30/2011, 10:18 AM
http://i54.*******.com/8z4kmf.jpg