Encrusted Coral Skull Thread

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I started imagining a crazy art piece of an aquascape like a castle that some guy who makes the CaribSea rock just put together with spare time and it got me to googling encrusted skulls so here are some cool photos and it would be cool for you to add more if you have some :)
A coral in my aquarium that's grown and encrusted over a skull decoration.  - Imgur
My coral skull has finally reached full coverage. : r/interestingasfuck
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I saw this encrusting skulls post as well as a bunch of other cool google images of encrusted figurines and sculptures. Inspired me to give it a try.

Started with this small plastic skull from Amazon, and a 3/8 wide Montipora SPS chip.
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Scuffed up the surface with sand paper to help Monti attach better and glued it to a piece of dry rock for a base.
Make sure to drill some holes for air to escape or it will float around like a bobber.

2 month growth progression.
3-9-22 4-8-22 5-17-22
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I saw this encrusting skulls post as well as a bunch of other cool google images of encrusted figurines and sculptures. Inspired me to give it a try.

Started with this small plastic skull from Amazon, and a 3/8 wide Porites chip.
1652904579610.png

Scuffed up the surface with sand paper to help coral attach better and glued it to a piece of dry rock for a base.
Make sure to drill some holes for air to escape or it will float around like a bobber.

2 month growth progression.
3-9-22 4-8-22 5-17-22
1652904619709.png
2 months later...
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Small skull needed a Big Brother.
Picked up this Deco-Replicas skull and backfilled the eye sockets with epoxy putty. Made up eyes with red putty on cocktail sticks to add later after they grow out. Used same Neon Green Porites I’ve been growing out for this purpose, and WWC Mystic Sunset Montipora for the eyes.
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This one is mine. It's actually nearly fully encrusted now. Took about 4 years - but it's pretty large, bigger than a baseball. I have a love/hate relationship with it. My husband grabbed it at RAP when I wasn't looking.

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Love your idea. Can you tell me what encrusting coral you are using please
 

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This one is mine. It's actually nearly fully encrusted now. Took about 4 years - but it's pretty large, bigger than a baseball. I have a love/hate relationship with it. My husband grabbed it at RAP when I wasn't looking.

SKULLY.jpg
Im thinking about doing this with a this Toxic green lepto I just got and don’t really know exactly what to do with it. I love this idea though! I was think maybe one somewhere between a golf ball and a tennis ball for my 15 gal tank.
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Here’s what what it looks like.
When you get the skull do you need to let it cycle in your sump for a little first?
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Also, I maybe thinking about glueing something like this to the back wall of the tank and letting the lepto crust over and spread.
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I started imagining a crazy art piece of an aquascape like a castle that some guy who makes the CaribSea rock just put together with spare time and it got me to googling encrusted skulls so here are some cool photos and it would be cool for you to add more if you have some :)
A coral in my aquarium that's grown and encrusted over a skull decoration.  - Imgur
My coral skull has finally reached full coverage. : r/interestingasfuck
Cyphastrea skull experiment | REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
Poll: Have you ever used skulls or other creative forms in your reef? |  REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
Kellie's IM 25 Lagoon - Page 5 - Nano Reef Journals - Nano-Reef Community
Poll: Have you ever used skulls or other creative forms in your reef? |  REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
California - JF Lepto encrusted on Skull! | REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef  Aquarium Forum
Pin by Travis Hunsaker on Aquarium setup | Saltwater aquarium, Coral fish  tank, Saltwater aquarium tanks
That last one is sick
 

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2 months later...
1657829387469.png

Small skull needed a Big Brother.
Picked up this Deco-Replicas skull and backfilled the eye sockets with epoxy putty. Made up eyes with red putty on cocktail sticks to add later after they grow out. Used same Neon Green Porites I’ve been growing out for this purpose, and WWC Mystic Sunset Montipora for the eyes.
1657829453046.png

1657829580352.png

1657829623823.png
How is this looking? Would love to see a full tank shot!
 

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