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Each manufacturer will have their own formula but they will all need to be cured before placing in your aquarium. This curing process is not for dead organics to be removed as in the case for real live rock, this curing process is for the leeching of hydrates. Freshly made Live Rock has a high alkalinity with a pH reading of 12-14 which is even a higher pH then clorox bleach. The PH level typically drops with the carbonation of the concrete. Some manufacturers of artificial Live Rock will cure these rocks before shipping, and it is absolutely vital to find this information out first before placing them in your fish tank.
In a commercial aquarium or zoo, artificial rock formations help to bring the animals and nature a little bit closer.
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When it comes to aquascaping, whether for freshwater or marine aquariums, there are numerous themes and material choices to bring one’s aquarium interior environment desires to fruition. And over the past few decades, live or artificial rock of one kind or another has been the substrate of choice when it comes to making many aquarium environments look natural, especially those in marine reef aquariums. However, its been my position for at least a couple of decades that too much live rock was unnecessarily being used in many marine aquariums, and/or its placement resulting in what looked like a brick wall covering the entire back of the aquarium. I can fully understand the desire not to allow large portions of the aquarium back panel or its various plumbing, i.e., outlets, overflows and/or water surface agitators, to be overly visible. Without a doubt this distracts from the overall beauty of the aquarium’s interior environment. If you haven’t seen an artificial rock formation up close, some examples of commercial applications can be found at the following aquariums:
Photo provided by FlickrIn a commercial aquarium or zoo, artificial rock formations help to bring the animals and nature a little bit closer.
Photo provided by FlickrIf you haven’t seen an artificial rock formation up close, some examples of commercial applications can be found at the following aquariums:
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From backyard makeovers and pool waterfalls, to aquascaping and customizing aquariums, there is virtually no limit to how rocks and other natural features can be used to improve the look of your home and property. Of course, this comes with a caveat; rocks are heavy, a little messy, and can be terribly difficult to work with or transport. For this and many other reasons, more people are turning to artificial or faux rocks to create a look that is as close to nature as possible.…of any aquarium Unparalleled realism instantly transforms your aquarium into a breath-taking habitat. Universal Rock Aquarium Backgrounds are natural-looking artificial rock backgrounds molded from real rock outcrops. Each background is handmade and hand-colored using crushed rock and sand…This is my 120 gallon saltwater aquarium that I custom built half the equipment and fixtures on. I built my own protein skimmer, sump, added extensions to the stand and canopy top and I even compiled my own reef scapes using artificial corals and artificial live rock, by siliconing some of them and drilling holes to plug others into the rock. It was a long daunting process to gather everything I needed for this cool looking aquarium, but worth the effort and wait.Artificial rock formations are everywhere. Sometimes these artificial rocks are under water in an aquarium. Sometimes they are used to create walls or enclosures to separate people and animals. Other times they may be part of a water feature.