Tip of the Day – 4/6/2011

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The layout of your live rock structure is everything. It determines the overall look of the tank, where the pumps are to be pointed, where the lights will hang, and so on. Before even filling your aquarium with water, I would highly recommend that you build a live rock (or dried rock in many cases) structure outside of the tank, on the ground. This will let you see how things go together and allows you to change things extremely easily. And once you get an idea of where you want thing to go, maybe take a few pictures to remind yourself of the layout as you put it into the aquarium. Or, you could always cement the rock together using epoxy, plastic rods, or zip ties.

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  • That’s good advice. The rock structure is everything. I tell everyone that it has to be as light and open as possible with as little contact points as possible. Another trick, or some would say rule of thumb, is to build the structure inside the tank before any water goes in. In my experience, if I build it outside the tank and try to recreate the structure inside the tank, it never goes back the same way.