Sunday, September 18, 2011

DIY: Shaping base rock into shelf rock

I had spare base rock that I didn't use when I originally set up my aquarium. Rather than just keeping it in the closet collecting dust, I decided I was going to slice it in half making shelf rock to create new arches and caves, and more real estate to place several more corals.

Estimated time: 15-30 minutes

Tools used:
  • Power drill
  • Variety of drill bits
  • Hammer
  • Chisel or flat head screwdriver
Base rock that didn't make the original aquascape due to its awkward shape and size.
I started drilling several holes through the rock. then I would carefully hammer and chisel small pieces from the center.
Once I had a cave formed, I continued working my way through the rock until it eventually broke in half. 
New shelf rock added to the aquarium.
Both halves were used creating double arches for the fish to swim through and more surface area to place new corals.