DIY Rock Tutorial/Info Thread (Rocks, walls, floors, etc.)

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (DIY)' started by Electrobes, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Delirium

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    I call this Helipads

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    Cool piece!!! Love it!
     
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    This is ceramic....
     
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    Portland is safest because of what you stated. However, it MUST kure to leach out the excess alk or it is dangerous to your tank. And you MUST make sure it is finished leaching so that means you need patience... Lol like everything we do in this hobby requires ;) and for what it's worth buffers only mask it. They won't simply soak into your rock and neutralize the alkalinity. And even if it could I don't know that I would trust that because then it could degrade the strength of the rock. And I have seen some people's rock just crumble in their hands or in the tank. This time of year is a good time of year anyway for curing. It only takes 2 to 3 weeks -at most 4 if done outside.
     
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    This is almost exactly what I'd like to do with my staghorn skeleton.
     
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    I was just going to cut the tips and adhere frag plug disks to mine. I'm working with a much smaller scale.
     
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    Sounds good but make sure that they're nice and flat. A metal file might be good to work with in your case forgetting them nice and even to attach the disc to.
     
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    I was wondering about that. Thanks! You think it will be soft enough to just file instead of cut? You are experienced, I am not. What method would you use to adhere plugs?
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Your art just inspired me :)
     
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    I would cut then file. Cuts don't always come out evenly so I would have a file on hand to bring them flat.
     
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    Thank you for the tip!
     
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    You're welcome :D don't forget to show us how it turns out. Best of luck and have fun!
     
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    I see you quoted my post but no comment from you. Was this in error?
     
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    Ceramic that hasn't been in a kiln? All the ceramic plugs I have seen are pretty tough to just break with my fingers specially in this thickness and after broken definitely don't have the drywall powdery consistency....its not about being lazy more just curious, and you can't tell me you wouldn't want a DIY substance that didn't need curing :) it would be awesome for the DIY'er
     
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    I agree. However i have ordered some "ceramic" plugs in the past through Amazon and once on eBay that were exactly as described. I returned them. I believe that they were not fired ( I used to work with ceramics years ago as a minor hobby).
     
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    Interesting! Wonder if they do some type of ceramic/cement mix and since they are using less cement justify not curing it in their large systems...
     
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    tagging along
     
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    It is possible. Though one shouldn't attempt to "kure" anything in a live system. Not unless you are 100% without doubt that it won't leach anything that could either leach something harmful or cause your parameters to become off balance. Even after I kure my DIY rock I put it in a can and make it live there before adding it to my tank. This is called "cooking". It is much safer this way not to mention beneficial. Because this way it can't upset your DTs parameters upon entry.
     
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