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A couple of dirty questions

I will be using dirt with a sand cap but want to create some slopes and hills etc, what would be the best way to do it as I know with more than 1" of each compaction is a high risk and the slopes may be 6-8" deep in places.....

Also when I drained the tank yesterday the dirt that had been in there less than 24hrs was very compacted, is this normal and ok?


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if you don't mind snails, you could get malaysian trumpet snails to aerate the substrate...
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Would they eat any plants........


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Use foam blocks or something similar to raise the level in areas you want to make deep. For example, put a 5" thick block at the back left corner to create a mounting of dirt. With 2" of substrate thats a 7" raised area. Etc
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MTS do not eat plants at all. They eat stuff in the soil, and keep it open.
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Great about the MTS, so does that mean with them I could just pack up the sand in levels and they will disturb it enough to stop it compacting?

It will not be the whole tank just some places that I will like it that thick to create some slopes.


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Deep rooting plants are a good way to ensure your slopes both stay and stay healthy.


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Do you think this would be ok, 8" sand + 1" dirt + 1" sand?

I can regularly turn the sand slightly myself with a thin prong to help stop it compacting along with MTS.


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Do you think this would be ok, 8" sand + 1" dirt + 1" sand?

I can regularly turn the sand slightly myself with a thin prong to help stop it compacting along with MTS.
Bad idea,

Better idea watch some of James Findley's videos, he shows some of hs techniques.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCMe-...feature=relmfu

Or better yet go to his shop he may offer classes or give talks to local clubs.
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I stacked some eggcrate-like plastic grids under the dirt in my substrate to form slopes. It's been stable for about 8 months now, so I think it's a fairly good method.

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