Foam Rock center piece I made for a LFS's coldwater display tank

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Foam Rock center piece I made for a LFS's coldwater display tank

Post by AquaticEngineer on December 13th 2011, 9:52 pm

Thought I'd share some pictures of the rock I am making as the center piece for a coldwater display tank I will be supplying the livestock for at a LFS here in Oregon.

The entire structure once completed will be spray foamed onto the bottom of the tank. It should stick out of the top of the tank just enough for me to plant some native salt tolerating plant species, or have standing pools of tigroprius californicus growing out.




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Post by finch6013 on December 14th 2011, 1:59 am

Nice looking rock stew. One of these days I might have you help me make some rock for an idea I have.
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Post by Bluntokian on December 14th 2011, 5:20 am

I was curious about this actually. You have given it amazing texture from the looks of it which is the major downfall I find to making your own rock. Is that rock salt you are using? Is it mixed with anything or any major diversity in the mix? I wouldn't mind making my own one piece structure for a tank if I could get the texture right.
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Post by J-P on December 15th 2011, 1:27 pm

that is huge! well done!
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Post by AquaticEngineer on December 17th 2011, 2:05 am

finch6013 wrote:Nice looking rock stew. One of these days I might have you help me make some rock for an idea I have.

Anytime Smile I'm actually going to be down at Salt Water Fantseas this sunday puting the finishing touches on their coldwater display tank, swing on by if you have time.

Bluntokian wrote:I was curious about this actually. You have given it amazing texture from the looks of it which is the major downfall I find to making your own rock. Is that rock salt you are using? Is it mixed with anything or any major diversity in the mix? I wouldn't mind making my own one piece structure for a tank if I could get the texture right.


Food grade extra coarse Mortons Rock Salt. Nothing special, cost me $7 for a 50lb bag, most of it falls off or gets brushed off and the rest gets sprayed off with the hose.


J-P wrote:that is huge! well done!

Thanks Smile It is pretty massive. Biggest one I've attempted thus far.
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Post by finch6013 on December 17th 2011, 11:17 am

Thanks, but no thanks. I'm not a customer, or friend of Patrick.
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Post by AquaticEngineer on December 17th 2011, 12:01 pm

finch6013 wrote:Thanks, but no thanks. I'm not a customer, or friend of Patrick.

No worries Smile

If you buy a couple cans of the Touch N Foam Landscape foam from Bi -Mart we can do some work anytime here at my house just let me know when it works for you Very Happy
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Post by AquaticEngineer on December 18th 2011, 6:53 pm

I got it all painted the other night, and this morning me and my buddy Josh got the background of the tank painted, put the rock in, got some sand in, and got water in.




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Post by Hero on January 7th 2012, 7:30 pm

That's pretty cool. Do you have newer pictures?

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Post by AquaticEngineer on January 7th 2012, 9:11 pm

Yeah its coming along really nicely, I'm pretty stoked how it turned out.

Here's a recent picture of one of the green pen point gunnels and some of the green anemones in the tank.


And here's some ok pictures I took with my phone last time I was down there.
Catalina Goby (I think there is at least 10 in there now)


Catalina Goby and 3 Spine Stickleback


3 Spine Stickleback (There is a school of 3 I think in there currently)


Green Anemones (Anthopleura Xanthogrammica)


Green Anemones (Anthopleura Xanthogrammica)


Moonglow Anemone (Anthopleura Artemisia)


Moonglow Anemone (Anthopleura Artemisia)
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Post by hugocosta on January 30th 2012, 12:00 pm

Hi,

That looks excellent. Smile

What did you use for painting it?
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Post by AquaticEngineer on January 30th 2012, 5:44 pm

Used an epoxy based paint for garage floor coatings.
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Post by hugocosta on March 5th 2012, 11:59 am

Do you have any pictures of the structure before applying the foam? Smile
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Post by AquaticEngineer on March 6th 2012, 2:25 am

hugocosta wrote:Do you have any pictures of the structure before applying the foam? Smile

Sure do Smile



















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Post by snapperhead on April 16th 2012, 6:22 am

Nice work ...And thanks for sharing..

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Post by AquaticEngineer on April 17th 2012, 11:39 pm

I just finished up a nano tank for a local guy that is going to do coldwater. He's got a pretty sweet ledge and cliff look going on so that is cornyactis are shaded a bit, and all his tidal anemones rest on the top of the ledge so they get most of the light. Its pretty sweet Smile

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Post by Hero on April 19th 2012, 2:28 am

Neat.

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Post by aquamans on May 15th 2012, 4:48 pm

Nice work
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