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post #12 of (permalink) Old 02-03-2011, 06:56 PM
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The way I've seen eggcrate used is as a base (many times with an UGF or RUGF filter setup underneath), topped with something finer to prevent the substrate from falling through, like the plastic cross-stitch mesh or landscape fabric. Then a retaining wall of some sort in front (usually rocks or stacked driftwood) to keep the substrate from all just falling off, too.

If you can get thick enough carpeting plant growth before you add fish, this can help prevent "erosion."

I think that the vast majority of those competition pics we see and drool over are not tank setups that would last very long, however- many are broken down after they "peak" for the competition photo shoot.

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