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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Supporting substrate slopes?

Just curious what people have used to keep a slope in substrate in tact over time and pros and cons of their approaches. Bonus points for pictures!
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Check out my tank journal (in my signiture), I do a few segments on this (with some pictures!). I used homemade substrate supports out of plastic courrgate as well as lava rocks to help build things up higher. Evey th ing had been holding very well. My substrate is balck diamond blasting sand.

If you still have questions after reading ng let me know I would be happy to answe!
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Check out my tank journal (in my signiture), I do a few segments on this (with some pictures!). I used homemade substrate supports out of plastic courrgate as well as lava rocks to help build things up higher. Evey th ing had been holding very well. My substrate is balck diamond blasting sand.

If you still have questions after reading ng let me know I would be happy to answe!
I've read through your journal before! I like how you managed to get a riverbed boulder feel into the shallow footprint of a 55 while leaving substantial space for plants. It also manages to look good without being a cookie cutter design. Well done!

You say in the post that you made the supports. What did you make them out of? Almost looks like a chopped up mail bin.

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Looks like Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon, etc.
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Thank you for the kind words! I have really been enjoying the tank and learning a ton.

Yes, any hardware store should have the corrugate plastic signs you can cut up.

Here are some examples:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Plaskoli...824A/202043334
https://www.homedepot.com/p/24-in-x-...24BK/205437929

I happen to have white on hand, which is why I used that. Otherwise I probably would have picked black to blend better with the sand I am using. That said, I do not see any of my supports.

Make sure you place them in the sand so that it can fill the holes with the sand and not leave air pockets. It will be much easier to place them this way anyway! Good luck, and if you can, post your progress/ what you end up doing, very curious!



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Make sure you place them in the sand so that it can fill the holes with the sand and not leave air pockets. It will be much easier to place them this way anyway! Good luck, and if you can, post your progress/ what you end up doing, very curious!
When it happens, it'll be in my journal, for sure. I'm planning to take the rocks on the right side of my tank and create a ridge under my driftwood, with much lower substrate against the left wall. Also, no stem plants on the far left back wall.


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