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Old 03-25-2006, 06:35 PM
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Default Do you know how to make a fake rock wall out of expaning foam?

I’m looking for advice on how to use expanding foam to make a fake rock wall on the back of my tank. I think the product that most people us is called “Great Stuff”. How do you apply it? Also, do you put it on the tank or do you put it on soothing else then place it in the tank? Any advice would be great I am hoping to use this in a 29gal clownfish anemone tank.
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Old 03-25-2006, 06:43 PM
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here is some info from reefkeeping mag.

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/20...nftt/index.php
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One quick peice of advice, cover all of the foam with rock. The sand and crushed coral will just fall off in no time and you are left with exposed foam.
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Old 03-26-2006, 12:12 AM
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Won’t the foam get covered in coralline algae?
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Old 03-26-2006, 12:54 AM
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yeah it will eventually i would assume, but most people do this to actually build a rock wall out of rubble live rock which will add to the filtration and I think looks really cool and is real live rock. but if you dont use the rock then it wont look like rock? the glass will get covered in coraline eventually too if you let it.
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If you are going to do this. I would recommend that you do it on a seperate piece of glass or acrylic. That way when the rotting foam gets to much, you can pull it outand put in a new one. If you want something that will last for a long time; look at Reef Ceramics or Agracrete. You can do a removable agracrete wall with acrylic sheet and rod. Harder to do and more time consuming, but better in the long run.
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One thing to remember is most of the spray foams brake down due to UV light. Thats why it's not code to use on the exterior of a home.
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I would recommend a solid product. The expanding foam we have available does breakdown over time in water adn when exposed to UV lighting. The foam used by our European counterparts is a different formulation all together. I investigated this for some time before decidingto spend the money and get something more permanent. The Reef Ceramic wall are excellent quality and will alst forever with no worries

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FWIW I am planning on redoing my faom reef wall with agrocrete (sp?) on a piece of glass (or plex but I think I am leaning towards the glass at this time)
I mean the foam works well but after a year starting to break down.
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"The Reef Ceramic wall are excellent quality and will alst forever with no worries"

What is this? Does anyone have a link with instructions or where you can buy the material?
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http://www.aquariumobsessed.com/index.htm

Thay are right across the bay, and can get it preety quick. They have some in stock right now and shipping will be alot less then overseas
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www.captiveoceans.com for Reef Ceramics. It is not a do it yourself. Captive Oceans exclusively imports to the US so they have the biggest selection by far. No import fees or charges either.
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Gary Madl owner of Captive Oceans has the sole rights to import to North America fro Zeovit, Red Dragons, and Reef Ceramics. He distributes teh product here in NA. If it is closer for you to get the product from Aquarium Obsessed then that is a good idea to save on the shipping charges. I ordered mine right after last years IMAC when they first introduced the product. There was about a 4 month wait originally due to demand but now they have them in stock al the time


I am curing mine right now which is a good idea. Use a silicate / phosphate remover to take out any impurities from the firing process )they are a ceramic type material) and life will be good. These pieces will look like live rock after a bit of time. They are flat on the bottom, easy to seat, and wider at the bottom so they stand up well.
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Dang mike thats looking nice.

If you are going to do it, do it right so you only have to do it once. Go with the Reef Ceramics.
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Mike

How did you attach the back wall plates to the tank?

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