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Old 03/19/2017, 11:54 AM   #1276
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Old 03/20/2017, 01:00 AM   #1277
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Aquascape for my Reefer 525XL


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Old 03/26/2017, 03:31 AM   #1278
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I love building aquascapes. They are my favorite. I use *Apoxy sculpt or Magic sculpt. Both are a two part epoxy putty similar to the putty sticks sold to stick coral to rocks. The upside is you can get 4-5 pounds for around fifty bucks. And trust me when glueing rocks together you will use that much easily. I can fly through five pounds in just a couple of sittings and not have much to show for it.

The two brands are pretty much the same with slight differences. Both are aquarium safe. The Atlanta aquarium uses *Apoxy sculpt in their displays. This 2 part is a little bit stiffer to mix (its like play dough and clay) and it takes about 8 hours to set and about 24-36 to cure completely. It can be purchased in an array of colors (which I love).

Magic sculpt is also a two part epoxy putty. It is slightly softer, especially the resin, you get 5 pounds (2 2.5 lb buckets) for the cost of 4 pounds in the *Apoxy Sculpt. It does not come in as many cool colors as the *Apoxy sculpt. It is cheaper per pound than the other. The biggest pluses and why I actually have grown to prefer magic sculpt is that, it's slightly easier to mix, which doesn't seem like a big deal till you need a couple of golf ball sized pieces, and it sets fasters. Which also doesn't seem like much until you're waiting days to get a structure done because you have to wait for it to dry so it doesn't fall apart when you move it.

I have gotten to build some pretty elaborate pieces and the putty is usually stronger than even the rock when it's set. Learning to attach it to the rocks is a bit of a learning curve but if you've had luck attaching coral plugs you probably know some of the tricks already.


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Old 04/17/2017, 07:37 PM   #1279
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Old 04/17/2017, 07:40 PM   #1280
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Old 05/09/2017, 09:35 PM   #1281
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I am setting up a new tank (not my first) and am confused by these photos. It seems to me that the vast majority of these aquascapes, while creative and aesthetically pleasing, are sparse. What happened to the 2lbs of liverock per gallon guideline? These seem to be FOLR set ups, rather than full blown reef tanks. Is that it? Or is the 2lbs per gallon a live rock seller guideline, rather than what is actually needed. Frankly, I like the more dense look that the 1.5 to 2.0lbs provide. Thoughts?


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Old 05/10/2017, 06:37 AM   #1282
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Most of these setups rely on live rock in the sump to mantain a minimalistic or pleasing look in the main display tank.


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Old 05/10/2017, 06:56 AM   #1283
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Old 05/10/2017, 07:27 AM   #1284
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Put a filter on it to make it less blue.

Gonna try and make more space on the right side with reefbones or something.

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Old 06/19/2017, 05:05 AM   #1285
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My new aquascape has more open space area, all are natural deathrock.




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Old 06/25/2017, 09:20 PM   #1286
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so many remarkable setups. the open minimal aquascape is very beautiful. creates a natural overall feel. i think every setup is unique in it's own way. thanks for sharing. a lot of inspirational tanks.


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Old 06/26/2017, 03:41 PM   #1287
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I agree. I have become a big fan of the open minimal aquascape as well. I just finished scaping my Softie tank using all of these ideas and pics.


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Old 08/31/2017, 08:40 PM   #1288
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MY 120 Mixed Reef tank

Here is a shot of my Aquascape! It's packed with Tonga Branch and Fiji Premium live rock.


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Old 08/31/2017, 10:39 PM   #1289
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Here's mine. Pukani


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Old 09/11/2017, 01:36 PM   #1290
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Some great 'scaping ideas here--thanks everyone for sharing!


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Old 09/12/2017, 09:29 PM   #1291
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These aquascapes are all amazing!! It takes talent and patience to put these tanks together and it takes patience to be as creative as you want to be. Great work everyone!


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Old 11/07/2017, 02:28 AM   #1292
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Trying to go for the BRS 160 look.



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Old 12/06/2017, 08:24 AM   #1293
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Can you rest live rock on the back glass for support? What's the best way to ensure support?


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Old 12/06/2017, 05:22 PM   #1294
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Can you rest live rock on the back glass for support? What's the best way to ensure support?
Not a good idea. Better idea is to make a structure out of pvc, acrylic or fiberglass rods with rods or pipes going up thru the pieces. Space behind the rock will help with flow to prevent detritus build up.


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Old 12/07/2017, 10:20 AM   #1295
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Here's mine. Pukani

How did you do that?! i tried that before with one foam and it looked terrible. But yours is exactly what I was looking to portray!


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Old 12/07/2017, 12:07 PM   #1296
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Not a good idea. Better idea is to make a structure out of pvc, acrylic or fiberglass rods with rods or pipes going up thru the pieces. Space behind the rock will help with flow to prevent detritus build up.


I agree with having space behind the rock. Ive noticed a huge difference with detritus buildup since rebuilding the scape. I did use a 2 PVC as a spacer with one particular rock.


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