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Old 11-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #71
 
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Ok here is yet another question. I found this really cool rock. I mean ROCK !!! Its pretty heavy so the question is how much weight in one spot of your tank too much ?
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:20 PM   #72
 
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Might have to pass on that rock. It appears to have concrete on it
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:37 AM   #73
 
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aww that's a shame.
just a thought..and i don't know if it's silly or not but..
what about egg crate underneath the rock, not the one you have now
but future ones ?
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:55 AM   #74
 
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I am not sure that would help. If I had to guess the rock was close to 50 lbs. I was gonna try to break it in half.

Checked PH last night from tap (sat 24 hours) and it was around 8.0. So it doesnt seem that it is much difference from my tank.

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Old 11-23-2013, 11:45 AM   #75
 
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Ok here is yet another question. I found this really cool rock. I mean ROCK !!! Its pretty heavy so the question is how much weight in one spot of your tank too much ?
Keep in mind that 10 lb brick doesn't weigh 10 lb underwater
Brick - the weight of the water it displaced = bricks weight under water
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #76
 
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Keep in mind that 10 lb brick doesn't weigh 10 lb underwater
Brick - the weight of the water it displaced = bricks weight under water
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Well also keep in mind 5g of water is 41 lbs. Your tank should support a good amount of weight unless set up incorrect. I couldnt even tell you how many lbs of rock work i have in my 72g . Its ALOT. I even built a shelf in one corner so i could cram more rock in there then the tank normally would have had space for.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:34 PM   #77
 
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I wanted to use it for a center piece. I was afraid that it might be too much sitting dead center. I could take a pic of it but.... it has concrete on it so I cant use it.

To bad too, it looks like a real thick piece of slate when wet.
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I wanted to use it for a center piece. I was afraid that it might be too much sitting dead center. I could take a pic of it but.... it has concrete on it so I cant use it.

To bad too, it looks like a real thick piece of slate when wet.
Thats really too bad. Whenever you do find a replacement dont be too scared to use it. The eggcrate method to distribute the weight is a good one and commonly used amognst us african cichlid keepers. I dont use that only because mine seem to really enjoy digging a hole clear through to the bottom under their rock to peak out lol. I would estimate about 100lbs of rock im supporting in there.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #79
 
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Hey Agent13, what if chiseled most of the concrete off. Do you think I might be able to use it ?
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Hey Agent13, what if chiseled most of the concrete off. Do you think I might be able to use it ?
If you get the concrete all off without making the rock sharp it might be ok. Test it with white vinager to make sure it doesn't fizz. Then clean really well in hot water then soak for 4-5 days if all seems good then you're most likely in the clear.
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