Lava Rock Background

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    I would like to know if bostik marine silicone work on lava rock before buying the rock?

    I want to create a full background using lava rock. I will use submerged and emmersed plants on the rock
     
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    It should, just do it well
     
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    thanks for always helping me. Massive update coming this weekend on TASA.. I'm so excited
     
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    Rather use Seachem reef glue, will work better than silicone which has too much flexibility and bounce...
    Bonds in seconds even under water !


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    reason i ask is because I have have a tube of bostik marine silicone left and need to create a rocky background. Lava rock will give me the charracter im looking for as well as creeks for water to flow through.
     
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    Read up on larva rock in a tank lots of conflicting information there some good some bad.
     
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    Just be careful that you dont create "dead spots" behind it which you cant access..but fish and waste can...
     
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    What Deadpool said. I have scattered rocks around the layout of my tank floor and sometimes I find that there are dead spots that the water flow doesn't access to keep the tank clean.
     
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    That's interesting. Will it work for moss? I"m so tired of having to tie up everything on rocks and wood with fishing line.
     
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    If you want to go the glue route, you can even used gel based super glue. I myself am still a "black thread" guy...lol
     
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    Fishing line for me. Thread will likely be easier and more discreet lol
     
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    Nice thing about thread...for me...it dissolves with time...but by then, your plants' roots already attached to the rock or wood... :D
     
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    I leave it on most of the time until the plant grows 'into' the line then I take it out

    Thread will probably be better for my tiny java fernlings I need to anchor
     
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    I have a pvc overflow so doubles as a surface skimmer. What confuse me is how do i create flow at the bottom of the tank? What do I do about the area behind the rock?
    What's the cost Seachem reef glue
    I use thread to attach moss to rock, had no problem.
     
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    Reef glue about R200 at Jungle Aquatics, not sure how this differs from ordinary cheap super glue which I regularly use for plants ?
     
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