An Epic Reef Part 3 – Reefscaping

An Epic Reef Part 3 – Reefscaping

This post is part 3 of the epic reef series.

Reefscaping is the activity of arranging our rocks together so that they look good in our reef tank.

Dry Rocks

While we had a few live rocks (see Part 2), we also decided to buy a 50 lbs box of dry rocks. Dry rocks are, as the name says, dry. This means that there is obviously no life on it. They have to be mixed in with live rocks and beneficial bacterias will slowly colonize them. The two reason that you may want to buy dry rocks are:

  • They are cheaper than live rocks
  • You can glue them together to create a reef structure that suits your preferences

Glueing Rocks

As you see in the picture below, we glued together two pieces of rocks with Milliput. This is a glue that can resist salt water immersion. The two pieces now form a pleasing arch / cavern for fishes to swim through or hide. Eventually, the rock will turn all gray / green with marine life and we won’t see the glue anymore.

Glued Rocks
Glued Rocks

Stacking in the Tank

I tried various arrangements of rocks until I found shapes that I liked. Then we started filling the tank with salt water. As we added even more live rocks later on, it did not look as good anymore, but anyway, we will start all of this over in the large 90 gallons aquarium when we finally get to fill it.

Desert Bone Dry Rocks
Desert Bone Dry Rocks
Water Filling
Water Filling
Almost Full
Almost Full
Full of Rocks
Full of Rocks

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