REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
My SCA 150 is getting ready to up in the next month! Just waiting on my sump and my lighting. #Aquarocks #Vidarocks plus, I will be adding around 50 pound of some old school Ultra Premium Fiji Live rock to speed up the cycling process. I kept a lot if after I tore down my new build for my new upgrade.
Next, I would like to talk about how much Live rock I will be using for my #Aquascaping for my new build. In the 25 yrs I have been in this hobby, I have always have had a lot of Tonga Branch Live rock and Premium Fiji live rock as well since that's about around the time, I bought it all from my work when I was at my LFS in 2000 thru 2003. A tank with a lot of Live rock like my old 120 mixed reef tank. I will never forget that day I walked into work at my LFS and the owner who was a friend of mine bought a few hundred pounds of old-school Tonga Branch live rock and a few hundred pounds of Ultra Premium Fiji live rock.. What a mistake, since I only bought about 50lbs of Tonga Branch and about 50 lbs of Ultra Premium Fiji. I wish I would have bought more of that Tonga Branch since it was banned for export in 2004 and you can't get real Tonga brach any longer !!! Long story short, I got to cherry pick out of a few hundred pounds of this Tonga branch live rock and I grabbed one of the biggest pieces that weight in at just over 22lbs and I bought that pcs since it was considered to be a showpiece and a ton of other pieces that I have sold off.
I was going to sell all of my Tonga Branch since it's HIGHLY sought after in this industry, due to the shapes and caverns, and ledges you can make w/ type of live rock. I only wish i could get my hands on some of the best live rock you can put in your tank, Mashall Island live rock and WOW that rock was awesome b/.c it was very porous and if i held up a 10lb pcs you would have thought it was a 20lb pcs but that is banned for export too. I just save enough Tonga for a project that I am working on. I already bought my center showpiece from a company out of NC and bought two large VidaWaves that are all one of a kind.
Tonga Braches I had left over from my blow out sale
I used some E-Marco 400 Mortar kit that's 100% reef save and came up with this structure that will be installed in the back of my tank!
This how my Tonga Branch Liverock custom pcs came out using the E-Marco 400 Kit - (specs are 32''x8''x10'')
Here is my Center Showpiece that I had custom made from a company called #aquarocks and he does superior work, let me tell you. He made me a one of a kind showpiece that was (23''x8''x10'')
Most of my Acros and Monit will be placed since each platform has been drilled out the size of a frag.
Plus, I bought this piece from #Aqurocks:
Vidawave - 1087
Like I mentioned above, I will be going with a more minmaimal type Aquascape since I will gearing this system for a more sps domainte type tank:
This is what it looks like from the side view: This is the location I will be placing that Tonga Branch pcs I made will be going in the back of the tank.
This is what it will look like with all of my Scape in except for the Tonga branch I made out of the E-Marco Mortar.
I bought around 75 pounds of Some old School Tonga Branch way back in 2004 before it was banned for Export to the United States! Anyways, I kept a few special piece out the 50lbs that I sold to someone. I am getting ready to build my Scape for the back of my new SCA150 Rimless Build! This time, i am going with the minimal live rock look if you know what I mean! I have two nice large pcs I got from #VidaRock & my center showpiece I got from #Aquarocks for all of my SPS Acros and then I am going to make a scape against the back of the tank with the Tonga Branch using that Marco MortarE-400. I will keep everyone up date on how it looks and take some before and after pictures of it since its will be one pcs.
Old School Tonga Branch:
SCA Rimless 150
@gpwdr I am getting ready to set up a SCA #Rimless 150 and I am going to be going with minimal Aquascape as well and make a more sps dominate type tank!Instead of a reef savy, I went with a 20'' Synergy external overflow box.
I have already bought two nice large pcs that were made by #Vidarocks and for the middle one of a kind center show pcs that was hand made by a company called #Aquarocks.
My display with have around a 2-3'' layer of Tropic Eden Pink MesoFlakes since I not happy with bare bottom tanks...
I am using Vidawave large corner piece and I had a #Aquarocks build me two piece one was a Custom Show pcs that was 30'' in lenght and the other one is another piece he made me. My new system I will be do a more SPS Dominate type tank! Less rock and more coral.
#Aquarock center show pcs
Here is my Spongodes Bonsai Tree thats been growing now for over 8 months. I glued 4 frags to this Bonsai Tree that I had #Aquarocks build me, actually it was my first pcs that he build for me. My plan is to totally grow it out and place it in the corner of my 150.
This when i glued 3 Spongodes Montipora frags