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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Plastic folders to stabilize substrate

Has anyone tried using something like this before?

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My main concern is that the plastic or colors might decompose in the water over time, and poison the fish. Another option I have is chinese takeaway containers.

Interested to hear what worked for everyone.

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What exactly are you trying to do? Lol
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I'm trying to build a steep aquasoil hill, and I want to minimize / eliminate erosion over time. The idea I saw on a video is to cut out plastic strips in to insert them into the substrate.
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Maybe look into lighting diffuser and netting mesh? Tried and true products
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Thanks I'll see if I can find something like this at the hardware store. The plastic folders were attractive since I already have them laying around.
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The plastic folders were attractive since I already have them laying around.
I assumed so, but I don't feel it's worth the risk. Who knows what is in them that could leach out. Hardware store should have the diffuser. You may need a Wal-Mart or craft shop for the mesh.
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You can use mesh bags filled with larger gravel to make mounds n hills.
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Lowes has pieces of acrylic that can be cut into strips. It's what I used to separate some carpeting plants so they wouldn't out compete and over grow each other.

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I find plastic milk jugs are a handy source of reliably safe plastic to cut up. If that is not thick enough to hold the load, I may move to things like the plastic container coffee and creamer come in.

Bump: I find plastic milk jugs or the containers that coffee and various food products come are handy for me. They already have the corners built for me!
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I find plastic milk jugs are a handy source of reliably safe plastic to cut up. If that is not thick enough to hold the load, I may move to things like the plastic container coffee and creamer come in.

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I use thin plastic food containers for this kind of thing.


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tgm's supports are just corrugated plastic sheet. check home depot or office supply stores (used to make signs and posters; name brands are coroplast and plaskolite).
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tgm's supports are just corrugated plastic sheet. check home depot or office supply stores (used to make signs and posters; name brands are coroplast and plaskolite).


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I actually used the black plastic folders before (got the inspiration from TGM). They work but in time they will be exposed due to compacting of substrate. The corners and edges can injure your fishes once they are exposed so I would advise trimming the corners and smoothing out the edges.
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