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Hi guys im going to do a big water change tonight so im thinking i could take advantage of the water level being lower to do some aquascaping, however with my lack of experience  im not sure  as to what's best if anyone has
 any opinions or tips on the pics provided please share?  or if you think the lay out is ok? Thanks

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Reply #1

There are all sorts of ways of going about it.  The rules I like to stick to is to try to get as few bits touching the sand as possible, and stack it so the fish can swim behind, under, over, as 3D as possible.  Allow flat areas and stagger heights for coral placement later on.

The more water flow around the rocks the better for filtration.

Have a search on google images for reefscapes and you'll see some rubbish ones, and some amazing ones.  It's all down to what looks good to you.
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Im thinking about placing it all around the centre with 2 powerheads pointed at it and my new 3rd powerhead pointing towards the surface as i think this gets more oxygen into the water? Im going to do it slightly different than what i originally planned as didn't take into account future placement of corals so thanks  :glad:

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Reply #3

Yes, aiming one up to get a good ripple on the surface will help with gas exchange.  Two aiming at the rocks in the centre  will create turbulence and good flow over the rocks.  You may need to adjust the powerheads so they blast the corals that like that, but miss the ones that like a lower flow
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Reply #4

If you had some plating bits you could make a cave or over hang otherwise you could make columns with the bits you have.
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Reply #5

This is what iv done so far i think it looks a lot better than how i had it  :glad:

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Reply #6

Looks better I agree.

At least you can easily cover up that oceanrock with corals.  :tongue:
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Haha yeh i guess il have to learn from my mistakes with that one lol   :glad:

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Reply #8

I do , depending on size of tank islands , so the water can flow round, however it all depends on what corals you grow . I used to do the traditional rock wall for years but i think however much flow you have round or under this can cause dead spots and problems.



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Iv left a small gap between the back glass and the rock i was hoping aiming a powerhead towards it would avoid any dead spots there?

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Leaving a space between the glass and the rocks at the back is exelent, when you feed next watch where the food gets driven by the PH`s ,this will give a good indication of where the flow weakens,


If its not already been mentioned having enough PH`s pointing at the surface keeping it ruffled and not allowing dust to settle is another good tip as this allows free exchange of gasses from the water column .


Just aim for a good all round circulation  :grin:  The formula as you will know is 20 X turnover within the tank with the flow from the sump or accross the sump being a lot lot slower, with SPS I do aim for a faster tank flow as they grow it can even be 50 or 60  X`s , looking at your layout without any big rocks to block flow  then more than likely 20x will do very nicely  :grin:
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When you feed next watch where the food gets driven by the PH`s ,this will give a good indication of where the flow weakens

That's excellent advice. A block of thawed out mysis or brine shrimp etc in the flow shows you exactly where your flow is going. Like smoke in a wind-tunnel.
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Careful!  Looking at that profile pic, you could do some damange doing that  :wink:
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I have long blonde hair , but im about 40 years older , now think about that.....it could do more damage to you phycologicaly  ( must get this dyslexia seen to) :grin:
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