Planet-Pets.com

Main Channels
Dogs Cats Fish
Birds Horses Rabbits
Reptiles Exotic Donkeys

Step 4 - Aquascape The Tank



Before you begin arranging and creating a rock aquascape with the live rock you prepared as outlined in Part 4, here are some tips:
 

Since the live rock will be aquascaped on a bare bottom tank (no substrate being added at this time), it is suggested to raise the rocks up off the bottom. By doing this it allows for better water circulation around and underneath the live rock during the aquarium cycling period coming up.

 

And, when it comes time to add the substrate, because the rocks are suspended above the sand, this allows sand sifters to easily access the areas under the rocks for cleaning. Here is how you can raise the rocks up.

Since the live rock will be aquascaped on a bare bottom tank (no substrate being added at this time), it is suggested to raise the rocks up off the bottom. By doing this it allows for better water circulation around and underneath the live rock during the aquarium cycling period coming up. And, when it comes time to add the substrate, because the rocks are suspended above the sand, this allows sand sifters to easily access the areas under the rocks for cleaning. Here is how you can raise the rocks up.

Use cut pieces of 1/2 to 3/4 inch Schedule 80 (gray) PVC to place the rocks on. The height of the PVC supports should be based on how deep you are planning the substrate bed to be. If targeting one inch, then cut the PVC to about one inch, and so on.

 

Build square or rectangular shaped PVC racks or frames to stack and aquascape the rocks on. These can be built to meet the sizes and quantity of rocks you have.

You want to position the rock formation(s) away from the outside areas of the tank walls.

You want the rocks arranged to accomplish several things.

Stacked loosely to allow for good water circulation around the structure, as well as some though it, but not so loose that it is unsafe and rocks easily topple off.

To create little nooks and crannies that livestock can go into, and even some holes they can go through.

To allow any accumulated detritus that collects under or between the rocks to be easily removed, either by siphoning, or by blowing it out using a water flow source. A turkey baster works well for this.

For learn more about this topic, you'll find reading Michael Paletta's "Aquascaping Your Reef Tank" article very informative.

To begin aquascaping, turn off all the equipment, remove the heater(s), and:

If you are using prepared live rock cured in a separate container, siphon out and save about 1/2 of the saltwater in the tank and set it aside. Once you have created the rockscape you desire, stabilize the rock structure by checking for loose or unstable rocks that may easily topple off, and adjust them. When done, top off the water level with the saved saltwater to the "fill line", replace the heater(s), and restart all the equipment. Recheck the "fill line" and top it off if needed.

If you prepared and cured live rock directly in the tank, siphon out 25-50% of the water, removing any detritus off the bottom of the tank at the same time. Once you have created the rockscape you desire, stabilize the rock structure by checking for loose or unstable rocks that may easily topple off, and adjust them. When done, top off the aquarium to the "fill line" with the new made up saltwater you previously prepared and set aside for performing the 25-50% water change after the live rock cycle had subsided, as outlined in Part 4. Replace the heater(s), and restart all the equipment. Recheck the "fill line" and top it off if needed.

If you are not using live rock, siphon out and save about 1/2 of the saltwater in the tank and set it aside. At this point you can add the cleaned and prepared substrate media you have chosen to use, and arrange any non-living decorative corals, rocks, etc. to be placed in the aquarium for aquascaping. When done, top off the water level with the saved saltwater to the "fill line", replace the heater(s), and restart all the equipment. Recheck the "fill line" and top it off if needed.

Next > Step 5 - Let The Tank Cycle


Barking Dog Driving You Nuts?!?
Learn the easy solution here!

More Fish Information
Fish Species Fish Breeders
Aquatic Plants Aquarium Tips
Aquarium Setup Basics
Saltwater Aquarium Setup
Aquarium Filters
Aquarium Heaters
Aquarium Sizes/Lighting
Aquarium Decorating
Ask Aquariaman Archives

FREE BOOK

Heal Your Dog or Cat at Home
- PLUS - 3 FREE Videos

Name:  
Email:  
Also signs you up for daily newsletter ~ unsubscribe anytime.
Dr. Jones' Privacy guarantee:
"I respect your privacy. I will NEVER sell, rent or share your email address. That's more than a policy, it's my personal guarantee!"
Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM



Copyright © 2017 Planet-Pets.com. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.