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ROCK OF THE WEEK GROUP 1 -

THESE FOUR EDDIE POSTMA ORIGINAL ARAGOCRETE SCULPTURES
WILL MAKE A WONDERFUL STEADY FOUNDATION FOR YOUR REEF

The enjoyment of a reef aquarium can begin before you even put the water in. The basis for the reef tank, the framework for all your corals to grow on is the rock.

This group of four Eddie Postma original aragocrete sculptures are ready to be sent to a valued customer who is using them to build a stable foundation for their new reef aquarium.

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I have always liked arranging rock in tanks. Its like the lincoln logs or legos we played with as children. You have to build a structure that excels in both form and function. A stable, beautiful reef tank starts with the architecture of rock.

In human architecture there are several universal shapes that are used everywhere. One of these shapes is the arch. There are arches everywhere: McDonald's restaurants, cathedrals, aqueducts.

The arch is a very appealing shape. In a reef aquarium, an arch will provide a focal point, a place where the viewer's eye is drawn.

Of course, there is another reason why arches are used so often in human structures. An arch is a very stable shape. All too often, I hear stories of people who piled live rock in their tank and later experienced coral-destroying landslides.

If the rock in your tank is not stable, there will come a time when it gets bumped by a wayward fish, jolted by the current from a powerhead. When this time comes, instable rock structures may fall and crush animals in your reef. To prevent problems like this, design your tank carefully and use rock that will be stable.

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And there is no more stable structure than the arch. The Romans knew this, and built arches into many of their structures. Bridges that need to be strong always have arches incorporated into their girders.

Nature also uses the arch shape. From the dramatic rock formations of Arches Park in Utah, to the pure curve of a rainbow, arches are everywhere.

So, from both the design and stability standpoints, an arch is a great shape to incorporate into your tank!