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post #1 of 12 Old 01-24-2009, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Live Rock Landscaping?

I'm getting ready to add my first live rock to my tank. The question I have is(it may sound dumb) , do you leave a gap between it and the back of the aquarium to get good water flow or is safe to leave no space?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-25-2009, 08:09 AM
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I would recommend that you create your display to allow for maximum water flow. You want to arrange your rock to have minimal contact with the sand bed, and to allow for maximum gaps and openings within the structure. I personally keep about a 1'' gap separating my rock bed and glass, and I have a powerhead creating water flow behind the structure.

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I would recommend that you create your display to allow for maximum water flow. You want to arrange your rock to have minimal contact with the sand bed, and to allow for maximum gaps and openings within the structure. I personally keep about a 1'' gap separating my rock bed and glass, and I have a powerhead creating water flow behind the structure.

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Thank You for your response, but kinda confused...

I have a aragonite reef sand bed, how do you arange your rock so you have minimal contact with the bed? Do you place it so the contact point is minimal?
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-25-2009, 12:09 PM
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What you want to do is place the rocks together with plenty of space between the rocks. Don't put it together like a puzzle, and don't put any rocks on any glass. That makes cleaning very difficult (which I learned the hard way on my 10G). You also want to make as much flat space as possible for corals if you plan to do that.
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What you want to do is place the rocks together with plenty of space between the rocks. Don't put it together like a puzzle, and don't put any rocks on any glass. That makes cleaning very difficult (which I learned the hard way on my 10G). You also want to make as much flat space as possible for corals if you plan to do that.
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Thank You for your response, but kinda confused...

I have a aragonite reef sand bed, how do you arange your rock so you have minimal contact with the bed? Do you place it so the contact point is minimal?
Exactly. A lot of hobbyists actually use small sections of PVC to elevate the rock bed off the sand. I don't see this as necessary, but you certainly do not want a large flat piece of rock laying flat on the sand bed.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-19-2009, 06:35 AM
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Now I hear that you should put you`r rock in before the sand. that way when you have fish that burrow into the sand they will not be crushed when they dig under the stone because the sand they remove will not be supporting the stone rather the glass will be. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-19-2009, 06:59 AM
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go to a hardware store and get a peice of eggcrate. its white and will be in the light department and called "light defuser"
cut it to fit inside the tank, put your live rock in, and fill your sand around the rocks.

not only will it prevent creatures from getting crushed it will help lock the rocks in place to prevent collapse.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-19-2009, 08:00 AM
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that wont create any stagnent parts of water? Im not familliar with that stuff but I will check it out. Thanks
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-19-2009, 08:05 AM
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eggcrates depth is less then a 1/2 inch. you put it in, then the rocks on top of it. this is just incase any rocks tumble they wont crack out the bottom glass. this is atleast what i do, better safe then sorry esp when keeping under mining species.

your still going to want to set up the rock work to allow flow to blow in and around your rocks, eggcrate just goes under it.
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