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My 55G new layout with 70lbs of slate

So, I dunno about the rest of you but, the LFSs here charge $3/lb for any kind of rock. I've finally got to the home landscaping place when it was open and I was stunned at their prices. Slate of any kind was only $0.15/lb!?! I was so excited, ended up getting 70lbs for only $10.50+tax. They had it labeled as blue slate but, it has a bit of reddish discolor to it. One of the pieces was 36lbs so I had to break some of it up when I got home but, here is what it looks like now, sorry I deleted all the old pictures but, basically I had 30lbs of that grey rock you find in drainage ditches.


Here's all the rock laid out on the floor after I had broken up some of the pieces.









I apologize for the poor quality of pictures. I have to ask though, do you think I should move the rocks of the left side of the tank to the center where the cabomba is and then have the cabomba on the left. This way the rockwork wouldn't be broken up and scattered about but, I'll leave that the seasoned pro's to judge.


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I think I would be worried about that heavy slate leaning up against the glass. It looks good ... but I think I would lose sleep at night waiting for a seal to break on that tank

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Hmm, I don't see how I should have to worry about that when I already have 500+lbs of water and substrate already pressing against every inch of the glass. The slate is more or less standing straight up and leaning only slightly on the glass.

Edit: Oh and the heaviest piece in there now is no more than 10lbs and all the foreground pieces are supported straight up or on a piece that's laying flat.


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turn off your flash!

oh and wipe down your glass too i see some water spots


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Cool Eh,

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That is a cool arrangement man. I did something similar with cut green granite in the past. Having a lot of stone like that makes for an interesting contrast between the living fish and plants and the cold hard rock. I like it.

It would be cool if something grew up between the heater and that back piece of slate to hide the heater.
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