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How To Create a Tiered/Terraced Affect

I'm going to tear down a tank after 12 years and have decided I want to create a multi-level affect in the new aqua-scape.
I want to epoxy small pieces of stone together and attach them to a base to create a 'wall' that would rise up to another level.
I've heard of people using using Styrofoam and epoxy for this purpose.

If anyone has any experience in this area or know of a site that would have instructions/pictures on how to build this, I'd appreciate the feedback.

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The threadstarter here might have some ideas for you, since he did this...



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You can use pieces of slate to build up a wall. You wouldn't have to glue them together or anything, just lay them on top of each other. And the you just fill up the area with your substrait.


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I'm going to tear down a tank after 12 years and have decided I want to create a multi-level affect in the new aqua-scape.
I want to epoxy small pieces of stone together and attach them to a base to create a 'wall' that would rise up to another level.
I've heard of people using using Styrofoam and epoxy for this purpose.

If anyone has any experience in this area or know of a site that would have instructions/pictures on how to build this, I'd appreciate the feedback.

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Brilliant - Thank you for that link. That method is a bit more involved than I wanted to get, but it will give me ideas for the future.

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Brilliant - Thank you for that link. That method is a bit more involved than I wanted to get, but it will give me ideas for the future.

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No problem, I was going to do something like that but it is VERY involved. I settled foor a few rocks in formation of a cave...LOL.

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I don't know if this helps, but take a look at this thread.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ph...ake-2-56k.html


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That is really neat, the way he's got the wood laying over the stone, and it's similar to what I'm talking about, but the size of the stones take up so much room that you lose a lot of planting space that way. I've done arrangements like that in the past and was unhappy with the lost planting area.
The stones I'm planning on using will be no wider than 1" - 1.5", no longer than 2" - 2.5" and no thicker than .25" - .50". I will stack and epoxy the stones for the first tier about 4 - .25" pieces high for a total height of 2" - 2.5". Then fill in behind that with substrate and move in about 3" and build another wall there.
This would give me 3 different levels.
I think it would look neat and also, I'd be able to plant HC as a ground cover on the upper levels, closer to the lights. I've only got 3 wpg in the tank I'm planning this for and Hemianthus requires at least that much light.
What do you think? I know it sounds complicated. Hope my description was clear.

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Quick Tip- I have used a hot glue gun to glue the rocks together, as long as they are dry when you glue them it works great (hot glue will not stick to wet rock) and then if you ever want to re scape or re stack it is easy enough to get them apart- If you use epoxy its pretty much permanent.
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Quick Tip- I have used a hot glue gun to glue the rocks together, as long as they are dry when you glue them it works great (hot glue will not stick to wet rock) and then if you ever want to re scape or re stack it is easy enough to get them apart- If you use epoxy its pretty much permanent.
"more permanent" is the way I want to go. The only reason I'd change it would be if I tear the whole tank down again, and hopefully that won't be for another 12 years.

Thanks for the links distrbd. Every little bit helps.

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