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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Egg crate to create cliffs?

I'm planing out my first bigger aquascape and want to create cliffs and hills. I read that people use lighting egg crates to create them? Is that the way to go or are there other methods? Does anyone have any photos or examples of the process by any chance?
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I might suggest a different method. I find eggcrate is expensive and somewhat difficult to cut and fit as well as being a bright white which I find shows more than other materials if/when it gets exposed. I find it a commonly used item but do not use it very often.
I like to make double use of tank space and that often means I want height but also want to use the space below if I have fish who want to hide. That leaves me looking for things to hold the sub up but also let me use the space below. Have you looked at all the other plastic we often throw away or recycle? There are some really nice plastic jugs and cartons which are sturdy to hold the sub and plants, making caves underneath. You may not want/need the caves so that can be used or ignored as fits but the sturdy plastic does seem to work better for me on other points. I use silicone, etc. to glue some of the sub onto the plastic before placing. Doing that makes it less obvious if it gets exposed as the glued portion will blend better than the garish white of eggcrate which shows as totally "odd" if exposed. I find plastic trash as cheap, easy to cut and comes in all kinds of types, sizes, and shapes. That's lets me try dozens of plans which better fits my method of trial and error?
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I might suggest a different method. I find eggcrate is expensive and somewhat difficult to cut and fit as well as being a bright white which I find shows more than other materials if/when it gets exposed. I find it a commonly used item but do not use it very often.
I like to make double use of tank space and that often means I want height but also want to use the space below if I have fish who want to hide. That leaves me looking for things to hold the sub up but also let me use the space below. Have you looked at all the other plastic we often throw away or recycle? There are some really nice plastic jugs and cartons which are sturdy to hold the sub and plants, making caves underneath. You may not want/need the caves so that can be used or ignored as fits but the sturdy plastic does seem to work better for me on other points. I use silicone, etc. to glue some of the sub onto the plastic before placing. Doing that makes it less obvious if it gets exposed as the glued portion will blend better than the garish white of eggcrate which shows as totally "odd" if exposed. I find plastic trash as cheap, easy to cut and comes in all kinds of types, sizes, and shapes. That's lets me try dozens of plans which better fits my method of trial and error?
You're giving me great ideas with gluing substrate or small wood pieces to the plastic. I'm picturing a big 'C' shape piece, lower part buried and supported under substrate. Top can have a little tray to have ~1/2 of substrate.
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