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    Making your own reef rock

    Making your own reef rock is easy:
    2 bags of aragonite sand
    1 bag of portland II/III cement
    2-4 bags of crushed coral
    A few buckets
    Latex gloves
    A trowel
    Some cool shells

    I used 1 cup cement, 6 cups of sand, and 1.5 cups of water, mixed to consistency of cottage cheese (makes 2 small or one big rock). I used a bucket of damp crushed coral to make the mold.

    I dug the shape I wanted into the crushed coral and ploped in the cement, and used layers to create interesting shapes with shells to accent! 24 hours to set.

    2-6 weeks soaked in water depending on how often you change it (at least once a day). When the PH does not rise after a water change they are safe to use in your reef!



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    Re: Making your own reef rock

    This process works IJO...I've been doing it for some time with great success. *My recipe differs slightly. *Instead of six cups of sand, I use 4 cups of sand, and 2 cups of oyster shells. *I also add oyster shells to the molds. *The Oyster shells add a little bit of buffering ability to the new rock. *They feed oyster shells to chickens adn they're very cheap at any farm supply store like CO-OP. *Also, cure the new rock in fresh water and monitor pH...after a week or so, you're all set. *Good Luck...it's a fun project.
    The only thing two reef keepers will agree on, is what the third reef keeper is doing wrong!

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    Re: Making your own reef rock

    welcome to the board mouse6196  

    Thanks for the tip.. so many different ways to create this affordable rock.  Just takes a while to get it looking like the real thing.

    I see another project on my hands... ack!!!   ;D

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    Re: Making your own reef rock

    I place mine in a tank with really purple corraline.  I also take coralline covered rock and brush it with a toothbrush infront of the powerhead.  I'm told this seeds the rock.  I keep atinic and coralife bulb over the tank. It takes a year or so before they look really good.  A friend of mine keeps his in his sump (once cured of course) and a few pieces in his refugium.  A year goes by fast.  Good Luck! 8)
    The only thing two reef keepers will agree on, is what the third reef keeper is doing wrong!

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