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Posted 12 March 2005 - 10:14 AM

do u like the cave that clay pots provide for your cichlids but think that they look very unnatural? well, i was board one day with some left over quickcrete and a few clay pots, so i decided to make the noraml opening in the pot then coat it with cement. the first one that i made looked like a clay pot with cement on it so i decided to shape the cement adding larger ammounts on different areas to get the appereance of a rock. It turned out wonderfull! when i get some pics i will udate this. tell me what you think about this idea.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 10:51 AM

cement doesn't sound very natural to me either...I just save my money and buy a nice peice of holey rock once in awhile...

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Posted 14 March 2005 - 01:14 PM

That works too!
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 10:41 PM

Sweet elusive Holey Rock.

I think my boyfriend and I are heading down to TX this summer (cause he's from San Antonio) so I was going to do some research on where the best places to find the stuff is. After showing my boyfriend some pictures, he said he's seen the stuff before and infact was injured when they made a campfire and lined it with the stuff. A piece got too hot and exploded by him. Hopefully I can acquire some. Buying it is expensive...not only the initial purchase but then shipping it to Seattle.

After you put some concrete on them, why don't you experiment rolling them in gravel or pebbles or something for a little bit more natural look? Maybe sand?

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 08:03 AM

Austin is the best place to find it, from what I hear. Draw a line on the map between Austin and Laredo and you can travel between the two and find plenty of the stuff, kind of like a power alley. Someone told me that there is a ton of highway construction going out just north east of Austin and there is a 50ft pile of it that has been dug up to put roads down.

San Antonio is right inbetween Austin and Laredo, so you may be good looking there. I guess it is on top of the ground and just below the surface, so not much digging needed.

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 11:37 PM

He said something about how he likes to go into Austin to party so we'll probably be up that way. While he and his friends are nursing their hangovers I'll be wandering around looking for Holey Rock. He doesn't understand how I could be so excited to find some rocks.

Thanks for the information.

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 03:40 AM

INstead of roling the cement in sand i hust add some sand to the mix and i also add some cement color to darken it a little. Then i hide these little caves behind the larger rocks in my tank. They provide very nice caves and help the ph to stay up. But keeping the ph up is not really a problem for me since my well runs a ph of 8.7.
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