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How deep can I go with substrate?

So outside of my other project that I've got coming up this summer I'm planning one other tank.

I want to kind of have a rolling bottom with depths of substrate up to 6" in some places. Will this be ok, is there something special that I have to do in order to go that deep in places? Can I just put it as deep as I want? Are there special considerations/cleaning that I will have to do?

Just want to make sure because this tank will be my first tank build this summer and I want it to look good because it will be in a prominent position in my apartment.

Thanks in advance...

PS I'm planning on using a floramax type sybstrate I really don't want to use dirt or sand


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Six inches of substrate shouldn't be a problem.

To make things easier, you could use lava rock (the kind that comes in a 50lb bag for $5 at the big box hardware store) to help build up your slopes. That'll help maintain their structure and allow you to use less substrate.


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At my LFS, the owner tells me to have 1 inch of substrate per 10 gallons of water. I don't use that much or follow that rule hardcore but I do try to give a generous amount of substrate. Second on the lava rock idea I have tried it and it worked well. I grabbed a 25 pound bag for 3.98 from Home Depot


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Thanks for the advice xD ill check that out tonight On my way home. Is the rock chunky or more flat?


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It's the kind used in landscaping, so pieces will range from dime-sized to a bit larger than a quarter. Really great for building up hills and slopes.


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