by Richard Back
Recently Marco Rocks has released a new type of rock fixture called Pedestal Rocks.
This one particularly grabbed my attention because it came pre-made for people who can get overwhelmed by thoughts of using various different tools and items like mortars and hydraulic cement to aquascape their tanks. (I fall into this category) I also liked the fact that it's utilizing the popular minimalist rockscape.
Rock fixtures comes in two different designs.
First one is called Natural top like the first picture on the post for that natural look. Looks great and this was my personal choice but there can have an effect on limitation on coral placing on certain corals due to the bumps of the top rock. To me, it wasn't a big deal at all.
Second one is what they call a Frag top, where they sliced the rock smooth on the top so that you can easily mount frags of all different sizes and whether they are in plugs or not.
According to their site Marcorocks.com, Sold per piece average size is 7x11" pedestal base is 3" overall height is ~5"
Priced little under $30, I decided to use these for my new custom Innovative Marine Peninsula 20g build so I contacted Marc to find out more about these rocks and to order.
Being in the same state definitely has it's perks. Everything arrived in one day and it was VERY well packaged. Perhaps overly packaged but I won't complain about that. Nothing was damaged by UPS and here is how everything looked out of the box.
Plenty of space for corals on the top and places for fish to hide in the bottom but you will be able to see them if you want to monitor where they are.
Comes pre-made with Marco Rocks' E Marco mortar, it's very strong and well set. Much better then my own work when I worked with E Marco on my custom 210 gallon tank. It withstood a knock from 2 year old toddler and a my wife who happened to kick it when I was taking this photo. ;)
Setting up the new tank. You can see the rock in there as size reference in Innovative Marine's 20 Peninsula tank.
Please disregard the little cloudy water as the sand and the rock just went in.
My impression of the rocks are very positive. I love the fact that it's extremely attractive in how it looks and the price range (you order 2 and it's free shipping. You can't beat that). It brings the simplicity to aquascaping and the amount of work or lack of to set one up for your system. If you are looking into purchasing new rocks for your new system or overhauling your old designs, be sure to check out these rocks!
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