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any putty or modeling clay that is inert?

I was looking for a way to make a bunch of sticks stay perfectly upright, to make a bamboo like forest for a shrimp tank.

How would you do this?
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Not a aquascape pro but would think any kind of shelf you could glue the sticks to then bury in the substrate to hold it in place would work pretty well. Take for example a piece of plexi, drill holes where you want sticks to go, glue them in place, bury that plate portion under substrate.


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I was looking for a way to make a bunch of sticks stay perfectly upright, to make a bamboo like forest for a shrimp tank.

How would you do this?
Depends on how secure you want them.

I have in the past glued sticks to smallish rocks and buried them in substrate. The sticks stayed at the angle I wanted them to be at (if I used appropriate sized rocks, do a test on 1 before doing all of them including filling the tank). But if I bumped them when cleaning they would fall over.

If you wanted something more firm you could go the plexi approach recommended earlier but I would be tempted to drill much smaller pilot holes and run stainless steel screws from underneath into the plexi and then literally "screw" the bamboo down onto the stainless steel screws. They must be actual stainless steel screws not just plated in order to be aquarium safe.

Other options including using egg crate and just gluing the bamboo to the eggcrate. I would think the screw approach would be better though because glue can give way with time but if you use long enough screws you should be good for life.


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Thanks for the suggestions, I think I'm gonna go with a few layers of egg crate, with the vertical posts in a square, with twigs/toothpicks stuffed in the square to make sure the post stays upright. I'll post an image if it looks good.
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