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 Post subject: Texas Holey rock and glue
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Hello,

I have a question about gluing rock together. I have several large pieces (over 24") of Texas Holey rock that I want to stand upright in my aquarium but I'm afraid they will fall over as my fish dig, etc. My thought is to use a high performance two part epoxy (glue not putty) to glue a base rock to the tall rock to make sure it does not tip over.

Have you ever experimented with gluing THR? Did it work? What type of adhesive did you use? Is epoxy glue safe in an aquarium?

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Holey rock and glue
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I don't use glue on my Texas Holey rock. I know that saltwater reefers use a glue to hold their live rock and corals together. Do some research over at reefcentral.com. regarding what kind of glue they use.

I have 250 lbs of THR in my 180g tank. I siliconed plexiglas to the bottom of my glass tank. I have 2 large 75-80 lb rock pieces. I had a masonry shop cut the bottoms so they sit upright and are balanced. I have them and my cave bases sitting directly on the plexiglas. I added my sand around them. I place my flat pieces of THR on top of the cave bases.

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Holey rock and glue
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To help stabilize large Texas holey rock, you may want to consider grinding the bottom of each rock flat. This will not only help keep large holey rocks upright but also remove sharp points that could damage your cichlid tank. One of the best tools to use for this is an angle grinder and masonry wheel. Texas holey rock is composed of limestone which is a softer stone. It is relatively easy to grind. The use of a carpenter's square may also be helpful. As always, be sure to use proper safety equipment. : )

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