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Old 04-30-2009, 06:29 AM
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Best Way to Break Up Live Rock!

Hey Everyone, So I have decided I am not happy with my aquascaping. After seeing all the pictures of everyones tanks I feel that my tank can look so much better with some different rock work. Here is the problem:
My tank is mostly made up of 2 huge pieces and 1 medium piece of rock
The 2 huge pieces have corals all over them
WHAT DO I DO?

How do i go about even attempting to do this so that all my corals survive?

What tools do I need?
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:41 AM
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We use a wet saw (diamond blade) or just a cheisel and hammer etc....
just be careful on the corals >>not all corals can be cut

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Old 04-30-2009, 06:53 AM
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I am way to scared! hahaha
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:35 AM
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Doc, any chance you can remove the corals from the rock? Your tank is recently young, so I'm thinking the corals have NOT encrusted themselves onto the rocks. If you can dislodge them, then all you have to do is break up the rocks. I've broken rocks with chisel and hammer, and some with flat screw driver and hammer. Problem with those methods is that you don't know exactly how the rock will break.

BUT, are you sure you really need to break up your rocks? Is it possible to rearrange them towards different positions that will make you happier?
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:36 AM
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Herr Doctor,

The easy way to break live rock where you want it broken is to drill several 1/4" holes 1/2" apart along the line you want it to break. Then when you use a chisel, it will break along the plane that you drilled the holes. HTH.
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I bet your aquascaping wasn't really that bad. I know how you feel when you look at photos of other people's tanks and think "damn how do they do that and why does it look so impossible". Back on your situation drilling the rock is the best bet or just change the rock all together for smaller rock saves you the trouble of probably getting more live rock rubble.
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We use a chisel and hammer or you can use a wetsaw. Do you have a FTS?
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You can always do the "bag of ice" method... and smash it on the concrete....

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You can always do the "bag of ice" method... and smash it on the concrete....

That's just violent.

Cold chisel and a hammer. Wear goggles, you don't want any rock fragments or coral juices getting into your eyeballs.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:15 PM
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That's just violent.

Cold chisel and a hammer. Wear goggles, you don't want any rock fragments or coral juices getting into your eyeballs.
That'so true, yet so wrong in sooooo many ways......
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