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I’m starting another tank. It’s the first reef tank that I’ve bought brand new for the purposes of salt water. I’m super excited. It’s in the house, the lights are up, I’m waiting on a few plumbing pieces and will be starting the aquascape on this nice rainy day. Hoping to try some kind of infinity shape with some arches and low caves for wrasses/gobys. This will primarily be an lps tank and will have sand. My lfs also modified the stand so that both sides have doors.

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Getting the table set up to start playing with some aquascaping. Trying to figure out a pvc t to keep track of height.
 

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nice! I have a 650P as well. so I'll be her for the ride. mine has taken for ever to get up and running but hope to start stocking around the 1st of may.

how did your LFS modify the doors!? I so wish mice could do that.
 
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nice! I have a 650P as well. so I'll be her for the ride. mine has taken for ever to get up and running but hope to start stocking around the 1st of may.

how did your LFS modify the doors!? I so wish mice could do that.
They got an extra metal support bar and made the back panels into doors.
 
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Aquascape lay out is done. I just have the stacked now. I want to break them up some so it’s not just a wall of rocks and I plan on shortening one of the arches and lenthinging the other across. Lots of cave spaces and ledges.

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Above is from the living room side.
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Above is from the end of the peninsula

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Above will be the view from the kitchen.
 
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I’m having such issues with the e-Marco 400 mortar. It is not setting like it has in the past. It’s drying to a dirt consistency and just not hardening. I’m wondering if I have a bad Bucket. It’s super frustrating!
 

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I used Marco grey mortar and didn't have any issue. I did find that, depending of how wet or dry you mixed it determined how it dried. The drier you mixed it the sandier, if that's a word, lol, it was. It needs to be like a supper thick milk shake consistency to use properly. I used one and started on a 2nd with my scape.
 

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@Bleigh I found that mixing it with a bit more liquid to, as someone posted earlier, the consistency of a Hardees milkshake works best. You can also pre-moisten the rock before you apply the mortar if you need the mortar to be thicker and more self-supporting. But if the rock is dry and the mortar is dry, it won't bond properly.
 
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I used the mortar for my other aquascape and it was perfect. I called the consistency “just melting ice cream”, aka, milkshake. LOL. The newer bucket I have is just not doing the same thing as the older bucket. (The older bucket is perfect, the newer bucket is having issues.)

And @Billldg that was just stacked and balanced to see if I was going to like the pattern I was going for. I’m breaking up the rocks and working with much smaller pieces now. That side changed a bit too to be more supportive. Let me got take a picture.

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I agree, just a bit more liquid and prewetting the rock helps the bond!

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I have not been wetting the rock. That’s a good tip. I’m about to go spray it down though.
 
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