Kick rocks: What do you use for aquascaping other than rocks?

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What have you used for aquascaping other than rocks?

  • 3D printed aquascape

    Votes: 5 3.4%
  • Driftwood

    Votes: 11 7.4%
  • Frag racks

    Votes: 44 29.5%
  • Macroalgae

    Votes: 38 25.5%
  • PVC

    Votes: 22 14.8%
  • Resin or other man-made decorations

    Votes: 35 23.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 45 30.2%

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Cthulukelele

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Grab a Florida purple barnacle cluster off the internet. They make amazing natural decor and provide holes for various hole-loving fish. They're practically nirvana for midas blennies
 

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I incorporated oyster shells that I picked up in Appalachicola into my tall structure. They make perfect hiding places. My royal gramma loves them.
I use oyster shells to attach torches, frog spawn etc to lay on the sand - great stability, easy to move around for flow and light, and can add zoas to the shell - also provides shelter for polychaete CUC...

Some are from Appalachicola too - smile
 

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Grab a Florida purple barnacle cluster off the internet. They make amazing natural decor and provide holes for various hole-loving fish. They're practically nirvana for midas blennies
just looked... man o man what a range in price for what looks about the same
 

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I use oyster shells to attach torches, frog spawn etc to lay on the sand - great stability, easy to move around for flow and light, and can add zoas to the shell - also provides shelter for polychaete CUC...

Some are from Appalachicola too - smile
Great idea for the tank floor. I shall have to do the same. Thanks for the idea!
 

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Mine is one of the cheapo ones in my build thread and I see no reason not to do that
just ordered a nice, cheap piece on eBay 0 we'll see
 

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just ordered a nice, cheap piece on eBay 0 we'll see
Maybe I'm just paranoid but I did soak it in rodi water for a few hours before putting it in the tank. Also don't be surprised if the little critters take a few weeks to recognize it as natural habitat. Once it started growing tank crud there was a turf war between several different cave dwellers for the space which the midas blenny won lol. Took about 2 weeks
 

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fired white clay -the branch fake tonga rock below left after its been encrusted with coralline
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I've used clear acrylic rods to support my rockwork and prevent rockslides.

Additionally I am developing a 3D printed rock that can hold standard reef plugs. I am currently in the prototype phase, but hope to have it available soon. It is such PITA to drill rock and attaching a mounting base seems like a better idea to prevent unnecessary coral loss. Plus, way easier to change locations for flow, lighting requirements as well as fragging and treating corals.

The tiles and other ceramic rocks out there look too unnatural even when covered by marine life.
Is there anything special you have to do with 3d prints? Like certain filament or post print treatment?
 

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Is there anything special you have to do with 3d prints? Like certain filament or post print treatment?
If you are 3D printing something reef related that is going to be wet, make sure you use PETG. It takes some time to get the settings dialed in since it is more prone to stringing, but once you get it right it is a wonderful material to use. Otherwise it can cause some frustration.

My light spill shades/covers are made out of PLA since they aren't constantly getting wet and they are an easier material to work with.
 

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When I go on beach vacations I always grab some shells or rubble with my kid and add to the tank. I made this cool rubble pile that is like a dome so it has an area underneath for gobies or CuC's to chill out.

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what type of adhesive do you use? thanks
 

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I used dead coral skeletons as my tank layout material. I did not use live rock or dead rock. It is now completely covered with lime algae and looks just like rock. Just like how the original coral reefs were formed.
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Click here to see the production process.


There is also a dedicated THREAD.
I wanted to do this for years but never found they coral skeletons. where did you get yours
 
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Polyp polynomial: How many heads do you start with when buying zoas?

  • One head is enough to get started.

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  • 2 to 4 heads.

    Votes: 193 56.4%
  • 5 heads or more.

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  • Full colony.

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