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Dang - has it seriously been a year and a half since that build started?  Ugh... where did the time go!

I think so, filled it with water last February I think!


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Marco cement hasn’t arrived so I continued with quickrete cement to finish the base. I epoxied frag disks to the bottom edges that will make contact with the glass. Will apply cement around the disk to hide them since i will have a bare bottom system

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I like those feet as well.  Pretty slick arch and all that as well, as long as it doesn't go in the smack dab center of the tank it should look really nice!! 

 

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Will you be moving the whole structure into the tank as a single piece, or did you build it as modules that come apart?  Looks like it would take several people to carefully lift the whole thing into your tank.

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It’s pretty light. It’s just the base right now. Will be placing all the branches once i get my 1/2” ceramic rods and new cement. It will be just one piece that weighs about 50-60 lbs. that’s why i wanted the feet to have a wider contact patch

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I ended up using both epoxy (for the critical joints) and cement (to reinforce it) and so far it is holding. The base using rocks is completed. Now I need to add the branches

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I ended up using both epoxy (for the critical joints) and cement (to reinforce it) and so far it is holding. The base using rocks is completed. Now I need to add the branches
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That's pretty cool! The epoxy and cement seems to be pretty solid to hold that cantilever out there like that. Does the hydraulic cement or marco cement work on wet live rock?


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That's pretty cool! The epoxy and cement seems to be pretty solid to hold that cantilever out there like that. Does the hydraulic cement or marco cement work on wet live rock?


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Yes it does. Hydraulic cement is used to patch concrete pipes that are in use. It might take longer to cure though.

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3 hours ago, Willapa said:


That's pretty cool! The epoxy and cement seems to be pretty solid to hold that cantilever out there like that. Does the hydraulic cement or marco cement work on wet live rock?


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Two days later that overhang felt apart lol. I’m tying to find another solution now...

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i have 1/4" acrylic rods and 1/2" acrylic rods I am going to try next. This rock is kinda hard to drill into because it tends to break a lot 

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Yes i have masonry drill bits. This liferock is weird though. Inside the rocks are pockets of loose aragonite sands. Once you get into it there is no structure holding it in place. 

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Here is the back up plan. Two structures instead of one. The belize branches were a lot easier to work with once I broke them in pieces lol

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