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    Aquascaping idea

    I am looking at aquascaping my 2ft cube with a wall of live rock/coral around two sides of the tank. I was thinking of sticking egg crate to the sides of the tank and using that to attach live rock pieces to this. I intend to cover the drain piping with this.

    Do you think that this could work? I saw a photo in Julian Sprung's book where corals were attached to the glass of a tank which I thought looked really good and would enable me to have much more substrate space for plate corals and other solitary corals.

    My other ider is to put a wall fromt he corner of the weir or drain pipe into the middle of the tank to provide a divide for two coral scapes. I think I like the idea of the attaching the corals and rock to the sides of the tank though.

    J

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    Aquascaping idea

    I think its a great idea. It will probably look strange for a coupe of months but once the corals get established it should be stunning.
    I have actually been trying to thinkof ways to cover a single wall in my tank. This may be an ideal way to solve my problem too.

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    Aquascaping idea

    The liverock and crate idea sounds good, you can also use alfagrog and milliput to fill in the gaps. There's an aquascaping ideas thread on RC at the moment with some good ideas on it, including a few where people have milliputted SPS frags to the back glass and allowed them just to grow and fill out.<^EDIT^>
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    Aquascaping idea

    Am hoping to do mine with just star polyps or something similar.

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    Aquascaping idea

    Thanks for that

    I have been inspired by the tank I have seen in Julian Sprung's Book where the corals were stuck directly to the aquarium glass and htis made a really interesting aquascape which I would like to reproduce in my tank.

    Welcome by the way Alastair as a new mod for this forum - I think that it may develop further but the core is fragging and swapping - Plus I like your sig - Less technology and more biology which is something which I am getting into with my next tank - its an Ecosystem tank - no Skimmer, mud/substrate algae filter - I hope it will cost less to run lol



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    J

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    Aquascaping idea

    Thanks for the welcome Jon.. look forward to seeing how you 'scape this tank.

    What sort of corals are you figuring on sticking against the glass? I've got a Hydnophora milliputted into the rockwall and it looks good (although the lower branches aren't liking the shade of the upper ones, the upper ones are growing well). Caulastrea also work well like this.. as do the various SPS twigs.

    I keep debating about moving my softie hill to the 'fuge tank and opening up enough substrate for another couple of LPS (my weakness being for Trachyphyllia and Lobophyllia.

    Reduceed cost reefing.. ohh I wish it were so! But I do think there is a definite advantage to the low tech approach if people can be persuaded that reefing isn't about fish. After all.. if you take the average stocking density for a reef and apply it to a tank.. then a 12' tank might just about warrant a couple of fish passing from one end to the other about once a month.

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    Aquascaping idea

    That would be inereteing to look at - as there are hundred and thousands of fish on a reef -

    In a 12 foot tank you may be able to get a few family groups of clownfish in there as their territories are quite small compared to the more pelagic fish.

    My weakness is of course for fungia plate corals, I am tempted by trachys and scolymias but I do like the plates. I have a red and an orange one at the moment.

    Branching euphyllias, plating montis, gorgonians, I may still split the aquascapes with atlantic corals on one side and pacific corals on the other.

    Reef central has oodles of threads on this type of thing

    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1437901&perpage=25&page number=1

    http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1438807

    Brillant I cant wait to see what I can do this weekend


    J

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