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Best slope?

I'd like to scape a small tank with "rolling hills" - what substrate holds a slope the best? It will be heavily planted with DHG. Not worried about color since I expect it to be fully grown in.
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Do not use sand (or anything like it), Soil Master Select or any related material (Turface, Oil-Dri...)

I would look into a substrate that is more like flat little pieces, not rounded. Perhaps one of the Florite products (not their sand).

Even then you might find that hills and valleys are more stable if you can make any sort of retaining wall. Driftwood, rocks or a strip of plastic under the substrate can hold it in place better, especially if you will have a lot of water movement.

Another option is dry-start. Without water currents to move the substrate around you can get the ground cover well started and holding the hills in place, then add water.
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Akadama seems to hold its shape pretty well. Rocks are essential long term. Rocks + mesh or some other artificial barrier is ideal.

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ADA Aquasoil is reputed to hold slopes better than other substrate materials. I haven't used Aquasoil, but I can sure tell you that any other substrates I have used don't hold slopes well at all.

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Even with Aquasoil, I have to stack lava rock beneath the "hills" to maintain a slope for more than 4-5 months.


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Even with Aquasoil, I have to stack lava rock beneath the "hills" to maintain a slope for more than 4-5 months.
Was that with a rooted carpet plant?

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With any substrate, just use some plastic stabilizers, will keep your slope from rolling down.


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Not plant-specific. Even with plants that develop huge root systems.

My advice: hit up your hardware store and buy a huge bag of black lava rock - about $3-$4US - and use them to create the base of your slope.

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