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Old 08/19/2016, 03:19 PM   #101
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Meanwhile more goodies!! . Got the Marco Rock to try to create a large Archway we want for the middle of the aquarium. Anyone used it before? Also got my Genesis AWC


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I use the Emarco 400 stuff on every single build. love that stuff! Just ordered 300lbs of Marco rocks and 200lbs of Tonga branches myself. Along with some more Emarco.

You have a quick 5min window to work on it before it start curing. I mix them in red large plastic cups. Just enough to use before they start drying. Afterwards, keep it outside for a few hours and good to go!




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Old 08/19/2016, 03:44 PM   #102
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Wow you made those rock formation?


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Old 08/19/2016, 04:10 PM   #103
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I'm very picky on rockscapes.. I think that's the most important part of tank design. Emarco works the best. Doesn't mess with tank PH either.







other folk's tank, made by Emarco




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Old 08/19/2016, 04:27 PM   #104
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Emarco is different?


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Old 08/19/2016, 04:29 PM   #105
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Wow! Those rocks apes are nice


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Old 08/19/2016, 04:34 PM   #106
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exact same stuff you have. E-Marco 400


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Old 08/19/2016, 05:09 PM   #107
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Oh boy hope I can pull something off that looks good. I really just need a big piece in the middle that branches like an arch!


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Old 08/19/2016, 05:59 PM   #108
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just make sure you keep it within weight limit! I got carried away on that vertical rockscape, took 3 men to lift it up 6ft and into the tank

Also don't forget to measure your ceiling height. Large tank usually sit 6ft tall so you have around 2-3ft to fit in the final rockscape. For large structures, make it inside the tank

mix in small batches, keep the rocks moist, and don't work on this under extreme heat. it may cause hairline cracks after drying

use cups as support to play around with the structure, build the base first and then go crazy. always take a few steps back to look at it.



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Old 08/19/2016, 07:24 PM   #109
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I was hoping to just make some really long branches. I definitely k ow what your saying. Mine is 7 feet high :-() I only have about 12 inches in some side as its at slanted. But those pieces in your pics make me want to do something nicer. All that is fake rock?


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fake rock?

they are just regular dry rocks and tonga branches


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Old 08/19/2016, 08:53 PM   #111
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I thought it was like a putty inside the plastic tub. Lol cool I bought some keys dry rock too. I figure I'll buy some designer rock with color and vegetation and the die off will cycle my tank and seed the dry Rock. I'm kind of glad I thought you had molded the putty lmao I was like this guy is really detailed with the rock lmao


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You used pvc to bond them together?


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No pvc. Just rock on rock action with some Emarco at the joints. i used acrylic rods as foot support on a few pieces just in case.. a stomp works too

You can see it on the tall rock scape. All the cement colored parts are Emarco.


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Old 08/19/2016, 10:57 PM   #114
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Got out. I'm opening the boxes tomorrow to see how everything fits together in the tank. Need to seriously plan for under sump space. I need everything g to fit.


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Old 08/19/2016, 10:58 PM   #115
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Just finished the e-marco application to my own rock scape... I had to leave one of the "islands" in 3 pieces so I'd actually be able to pick it up and put it in the tank. I'll have to bond it in place. I've got some large rocks and I'm already a bit worried about how heavy they may be (haven't moved them yet!). But it was an easy process and I really enjoyed doing it. You'll have fun too I'm sure.


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Old 08/23/2016, 11:16 PM   #118
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Got some pics? I ordered the Denitrator, Geo 1218 Calcium Reactor, Algae scrubber, and Kalk Stirrer already arrived. Another 120 lbs of Bahama Oolite sand and 100 lbs of dry shelf rock. Electrician comes this weekend to dedicate a panel to the tank and Carpenter should swing by tomorrow to get started but wont be able to get water in until October which is a bummer but at least that will give time for everything to arrive, Any suggestions on bioreactors I can use f9or Carbon and phosphate if/when needed. Also ordered a 120 watt UV sterilizer.


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Got some pics? I ordered the Denitrator, Geo 1218 Calcium Reactor, Algae scrubber, and Kalk Stirrer already arrived. Another 120 lbs of Bahama Oolite sand and 100 lbs of dry shelf rock. Electrician comes this weekend to dedicate a panel to the tank and Carpenter should swing by tomorrow to get started but wont be able to get water in until October which is a bummer but at least that will give time for everything to arrive, Any suggestions on bioreactors I can use f9or Carbon and phosphate if/when needed. Also ordered a 120 watt UV sterilizer.
I do have pics but I need to wait until I complete the rockscape (which will include my current live rock as well) before I share them... I'm a bit shy about sharing until it's all complete. :0)

You may reconsider using Oolitic sand as it's very fine. It's beautiful but in an SPS tank it will blow around with all of your circulation. Special grade sand seems to be the popular choice. I just ordered some of that and it's still quite beautiful, but a larger grain.


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Ouch you think I can mix it? 200$ worth of sand :-(


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Haha. Just realized you're the720 gallon guy. I have a pic with your tank when it was at Pedro's. That's going to be a sweet set up! Can't wait to see it.


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Old 08/24/2016, 07:36 PM   #123
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Yessir counting down the minutes. Good thing is I can't think of what I'm missing. Calcium reactor, kalk Nilsen reactor, Nyos skimmer, Algae scrubber, bio blocks, miracle mud, UV sterilizer, denitrator, etc lol I know there must be something missing lol.


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Ok, all the toys are in. Is it wet yet?😉


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Old 08/24/2016, 11:16 PM   #125
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I wish stuck until last week of September maybe even October. Electrician comes Saturday to work and furniture will take 2-3 weeks to be completed. Plus the person helping me set everything up is tied up as well. Bummer but it will give me time to have everything arrive


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