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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-11-2009, 08:25 PM
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When the foam is still fresh, it is soft. You could push in the substrate to give a sand paper like effect or use a mesh or egg crate type material. This would be held by the foam once it hardens.

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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-13-2009, 07:25 AM
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I have considered using some terracotta pottery to add some additional support for a steeper slope in my 85gal. Both square and rectangular pots are readily available. I expect it will end up with more of a terraced look than you are wanting though. I am 100% sure that it's fish safe, since I have tons of it in with my goldfish.
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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 01:16 AM
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I was doing some reading, and using some styrofoam shaped in the shape of the slope you desire would be suitable. you could then attach the plants using COTTON thread.
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post #34 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 03:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Aquamadman View Post
While looking at some ancient city wall constructions ( I study archaeology ) I thought it might be an idea to use pebbles of 2cm radius at the bottom then layering those with smaller pebbles as you go higher and finally covering them with moss or aquasoil.

To prevent the soil from sliding off you could try making a grid of some sort or by terracing.
I am going try this idea using screen with .25 in mesh. Thinking of making inner of high hill with wire mesh in-compassing rocks. Will use spray foam to cover cracks.
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post #35 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Crystalview View Post
Were can I see more of "Octopus's" work?
Go to aquasape forum and google members, that is after you join.
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post #36 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 03:37 AM
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Originally Posted by lumpyfunk View Post
great stuff expanding foam is a safe project, I read it somewhere, but I would double check before I tried it in one of my tanks. Use the great stuff to build the base shape. When it freshly applied force substrate or larger rock pieces into it. It will harden and the first layer of substrate will be attached. You could use a drywall saw to cut in pots or to shape it.
Phil Edwards used great stuff to build a moss wall here.
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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by JimmyYahoo View Post
Lumpy, I think i see where you are going but what would keep the substrate from sliding down the foam base? This has been the issue all along.

This is close to what ive had in mind slope wise but covered in a nice thick grass like plant. I dont believe foam will get me there.
the grass' & trees' roots hold the hill together. Without them, erosion would occur.

Something to think about in your scaping.

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