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Old 09-18-2009, 06:00 PM   #1
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After 2 years of the same initial landscape I am considering rescaping the tank. In the DIY forum there is a thread about building acrylic rock lifts. Has anyone locally tried this method? I know a few of you use pvc and I'm open to that as well but am trying to figure the best way to design it. I know one lfs in Orlando uses pvc and drills the rocks then zipstrips them into place...
any ideas or pics of the process would be great. If nobody local has done it and I decide to maybe we could do it during a meeting or something so we can all learn together??? If the interest is there
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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Marco rocks has some really cool building rods that I was considering. You can really lopside your rocks with it to build an arch. I've thought about the PVC thing, but I think you have to fill them with putty, or drill holes. I just figure natural is best and bury some small rocks on the bottom beneath the sand. I would like to secure it better in the 75g.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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I had the pvc frames in the 210. The frames were connected to my return pump and I took a solder gun and melted holes in the frame. Its best to have live rock that has a "lip" so that you can cover the horizontal pipe while using live rock on the bottom to cover the vertical pipes. The best tip is not to make the frame too large. I used 1/2 pvc, 3/4 was too large. Your live rock shape will have alot to do with it.
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If I do the acrylic rod idea I wouldn't have to worry too much about the rock having to cover the pvc. I think part of my problem is visualizing how the frame itself should be shaped. I like the general scape of my tank as it is now but my rock walls are too verticle, and in a couple area's is concave and it receives no light. I need to add about 1' of depth and around 4-5" of height.
Another concern is, if I do the acrylic rod setup I would do half the tank at a time and would have to pretty much disturb the sandbed to bury the base....kind of concerned about stirring that up too much.
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:57 AM   #5
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Look at Dwight's tank thread.

http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f1...-a-122299.html
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:44 AM   #6
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thats exactly what I'm planning but was wondering if it would benefit to make some of the pegs towards the back of the tank a bit higher so I can get the extra height without piling too much rock in.
I just don't want a solid looking rock wall. I figure I'll need about 50-75lbs more rock to get the depth I want. But I'm probably going to use base rock as I have plenty of LR to seed it.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:39 AM   #7
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Sure you could make it higher in the back. Just longer rods.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:40 PM   #8
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does anyone have a copy of Marine Fish and Reef 2008 annual magazine? Supposedly they have a big article in it about pvc framing
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:14 PM   #9
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I have the one with live framing. Would you like it?
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:04 AM   #10
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not to be an ass, but that seems like a whole lot of acrylic/time/effort to achieve very little effect. I did a simplistic pvc "frame" on my old 90 reef...it worked like a bench seat...and did the job.
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well meek, thats what I'm trying to decide. I haven't determined what I will do yet. Just thinking of ideas. Actually, I think I have one in mind but am not ready to post about it yet.
any pics from your build?
Thanks for your input
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:40 PM   #12
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I just love the look that the acrylic rock lifts give! very "clean" and the floating effect is GREAT!!! we just redid our aquqscape this past weekend and then saw the rock lift look and have started being really nice to my hubby in hopes to re-do it again lol

so that's just my opinion... but I would go for the acrylic ones w/ higher lifts in back
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