fine or coarse sand
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AquaScape Tricks and Tips
At this past
We were honored to be asked to do a presentation on
Aquascaping with Dry Rock
here are some highlights, tips and tricks
Using PVC and zip Ties:
A very basic yet effective tecquniqe
Can be use to stand up rock or fasten one piece to another
Using Thread Rod:
Align base piece of rock on acrylic mounting plate.
Drill through rock scoring acrylic
Drill and tap base plate where marked
Screw a piece of nylon thread rod into the base and place rock over it. Once rock is in position cut the rod and tighten the nut down on it.
From here you can use a combination of rod (mounted in rock to bolt the next rock) and or
a motar product. I use a BASF product called Emaco R400 with a polymer additive called Acryl 60 to help adhesion and make a more flexable joint
The R400 and Acryl 60 make bonding pieces together a breeze.
Be sure to wet the pieces with a water and Acryl mix to get optimum bonding. Use sand as a mold and support for intersting shapes and overhangs.
(I use aragonite sand and rubble rock wherever the motar mix is likely to touch and pick it up.)
Rubble rock and this mortar mix is also great for back walls and overflow box covers.
Once cycled and covered in coraline you'll not be able to see where natural begins and ends
Most Important of all:
Be Creative and
Have Fun With It !