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LosC
03-21-2008, 09:12 PM
I got some flat rocks for my new tank. They're pretty big so I want to divide 1 into 2. How can I do this? The rocks are pretty thick.

How do you guys make caves with them? I don't know how to stack them or set them up to look natural and make caves.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o305/truko_loko13/DSC00301.jpg

Kristin
03-21-2008, 09:20 PM
You could break them with a sledgehammer lol. Haha, I find the longer rounder rocks are easier to make caves with than flat ones like those.... sorry, I'm not much help:ssmile:

LosC
03-21-2008, 09:24 PM
You could break them with a sledgehammer lol. Haha, I find the longer rounder rocks are easier to make caves with than flat ones like those.... sorry, I'm not much help:ssmile:

Its ok. I was thinkin of just hitting the centre of it with a hammer but wouldn't that just shatter it into pieces.

Sasquatch
03-21-2008, 09:30 PM
From the looks of it, you have slate. The best bet is to cut them if you have the right equipment. Worst case scenario, a dremel and a lot of patience will see you through.

If you hit them with a hammer, they'll shatter, but will also split into thinner blades. You can try with a rock chisel, but still no guarantees that they won't separate.

LosC
03-21-2008, 09:32 PM
What about a tile cutter? My Dad has one downstairs. Is it possible?

Drumachine09
03-21-2008, 09:48 PM
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t257/drumachine09/LOLOLOLO.jpg

Thats how I made caves.





To break them up, I used a sharpened ice pick to score a DEEP line in the slate, put the line over the edge on my workbench, and gave it a solid tap. Broke nice and clean.

LosC
03-21-2008, 09:52 PM
^Nice, thanks. I'd like to see some more of peoples caves.

tropfish
03-21-2008, 10:12 PM
i picked a nice big piece of slate from the stream near my house today. I wanted it to break irregularly so i just smacked it in the center with a hammer and it went into 3 pieces.

Kristin
03-21-2008, 10:21 PM
Lots of times when you jumble the rocks together, but make sure they're still spaces in between, that usually looks the most natural. Just my opinion though.

Drumachine09
03-21-2008, 10:39 PM
I no longer have that tank, but I use the same concept in my current 55:

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t257/drumachine09/Nano012.jpg

Just imagine the clown puke and fluorite are now sand, because I swapped them since this pic.

Lady Hobbs
03-21-2008, 11:18 PM
How about this one? I love this tank but I would love it more if it were mine!

Nothing spectacular but very natural looking without being over-bearing.