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Using slanted egg crate as background planter?

This is probably a bad idea. I'm looking at something for the background of a small 5 gallons tank.

I'm looking into moss wall using mesh or egg crate that people are doing but I wonder if it is possible to use egg crate as slanted vertical substrate planter?

Anyone think that is possible? Is it good or bad idea?

So my thinking is if I use egg crate, cover one side with very fine mesh then fill each of the square with gravel substrate then just put it in slanted in the tank. With that is it possible to plant on it? Is the substrate going to be too thin? Or maybe they're going to be easily fall out of the square ledge if a fish pull on a plant.
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Or maybe they're going to be easily fall out of the square ledge if a fish pull on a plant.
I believe this is what will happen.


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I wouldn't use substrate in it, but I've seen nice moss walls that just use mesh with some kind of rigid frame (egg crate or pvc)

You can glue or zip tie the mesh to a frame and attach moss directly to the mesh via glue or sew it on with thread

Something like this? https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...0-20%2A-2.html


Or is the goal not to have moss, but rooted plants? You could always stack egg crate so the holes line up for deeper pockets...

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What would you want to then grow in the substrate? Most wall plants tend to be ones that you don't put in substrate e.g. javafern, anubias or moss.
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I guess it was a bad idea. Stacking two egg crates probably will work but need a bigger tank than 5 gallons.

The reason I was thinking about planting vertically is because I ran out of space to plant stuff. I had a relatively big lava rock in the center of the tank and I planted all around it (marsilea crenata, some unknown grass like plant, and several java fern windelov tied to a smaller rock and some just stuck in any space that I have) and one anubias on the big lava rock. So no more space to add plant.

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Ah, I get it. These things work well, I've used them to grow out buce and stuff, or keep mosses separate. May work for your needs. I would recommend ditching the suction cups and bending some wire to hang on the edge though. I've had suction cups fail and drop the cup before...

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