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

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

  1. prsnlty

    prsnlty Jackie R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    In the next few days I'm about to start doing a couple of DIY Rock projects. The main reason is because my tank crashed and lost all my acropora very recently. That gives me an excuse for re- aquascaping. I've been wanting to do this for a while so it might as well be now. The main reason is because I put too much Rock in the tank to start with so once the corals grew out it left very little swim room for my tangs. Plus I want to try and experiment for an old-world bridge ;)
     
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  2. Dizzirn95

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    Yes it was in error sorry
     
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  3. Grimreaperz

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    Looking forward to what you come up with!. And about the other comment I completely agree. I'm always on the side of caution in this hobby!
     
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    prsnlty Jackie R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    If I get time a little later I'll put the first part of the DIY Rock Bridge here. That part is about creating a form.
     
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    Great thread!
     
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    Very interesting and informative. I might have to have a stab at this in the future.
    Thanks for this DIY
     
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  7. H2Ocorals

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    how cost effective is this. Seems like a lot of work and id rather just buy the rock lol!
     
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  8. MarsRover

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    It was a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to do this with some cement and rock than just to try and go it with rock alone!!

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    Yes, plus you get the look you actually want ;)
     
  10. Joshua Snyder

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    MarsRover thats a nice setup! I cant wait to try this soon!
     
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    Wow. I gotta try this . Making my own rocks to my liking would be awesome for this new tank I'm setting up
     
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    Nice rock
     
  13. s2nhle

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    Very beautiful aquascapes
     
  14. vetteguy53081

    vetteguy53081 Well known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I think I just found my guy to do my driveway!!

    Very nice work, tips and creative ideas
     
  15. naoki

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    Very nice thread, it helped me to make the first batch! Thank you.

    I didn't know too much about curing of portland cement, but it appears that curing in the water gives fairly good result. So it appear that it is better to cure them immersed in the water. I wonder why it is recommended to cure in the plastic bag with occasional spraying.

    In this paper, they tested air curing, saturated wet covering method (similar to the method by the original poster), water immersion curing, and others.
    https://ac.els-cdn.com/S22126708140...t=1537936378_c9f5e08a16566f98f5bb3b28fcba1938

    Wet covering and water immersion methods were both good in terms of compressive strength after 28 days. Indeed, water immersion seems to be slightly better.

    In another study, http://www.ijastnet.com/journals/Vol_3_No_4_April_2013/7.pdf , curing with wet burlap wrapping was slightly better than water immersion, but they achieve the similar strength.

    So it seems that it is easier and quicker to cure them in water (you don't have to soak them too long after curing), but does it have a negative effect?
     
  16. Jason_J

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    Here are some pictures of a 20L with a DIY rockwall and rocks I built back in 2010 or 11 and had for a couple of years. Sadly I had an auto topoff failure while traveling and lost the tank.

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    Very nice!
     
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    I might have missed this but can you safely use concrete that you've acid etched? I mean, assuming you adequately neutralize it and soak it.
     
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