Sunday morning after my bike ride is my time I set aside every week for tank maintenance – water changes, gluing frags. etc. Yesterday, I decided I was going to remove a piece of rock to scrape off some bubble algae and I removed it, and here’s what happened:
My whole top center of my tank came tumbling down. By removing the piece of rock (yellow arrow in pic below), the arch in the center of my tank rotated forward, sending the rock on top of it (pink arrow) tumbling to the bottom of my tank. Next thing I know, my 30 minutes of tank maintenance becomes 2 hrs and I’ve got several frags on plugs to show for it! (See all the small pieces on my sand bed in the pic above…yeah, coral carnage)
The #1 rule of aquascaping is that if you change anything – move a rock, rotate a rock, move your tank – you’ll never get the aquascaping back to how it was before. I was rudely reminded of this rule yesterday as I tried to get my rock back to EXACTLY how was before with no luck.
In the end, I rotated the large piece on top (pink arrow in the above pic) and stuck a piece of rock behind it to hold it up (see below). I’m still warming up to the new aquascaping as I really miss my old setup, but the new setup is stronger and less likely to shift as now I have epoxy on my side.
Moral of the story:
#1: Don’t mess with your rock work unless absolutely necessary.
Epoxy is your friend. UPDATE: I now use and recommend EcoTech Marine’s Coral Glue instead of epoxy. I’ve found the coral glue holds as good as epoxy and it is way easier to use. Here’s a link for more info.