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Building up one side on my tank????

I want to build up on side of my tank to give it a hill. Im trying to create a river bed feel and I want to simulate a little drop off where I will have a few roots like structures of driftwood. Is there any way to build it up with safe materials instead of just getting a ton of expensive sand? I almost think Ive seen things used to build an area like this up. Please help me out as Im looking to do this soon. Thanks in advance for the help!!!
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You could do what some DIY background guys do, just silicon down some styrofoam for basic form, then layer your substrate over it. I guess another option would be to use large rocks to take up the bulk, and layer the substrate over that.

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I would use red, black, or gray
lava rocks
that people use in their gardens.
they are light weight, stack well,
are inert, porous, and super cheap
at most landscaping suppliers.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sw...ks-needed.html


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I could do both of those things im just thinking now how that will look on the exterior. It really only is About 3-4" Im thinking maybe it wont be to muich sand. Any other ideas??? Thanks
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I am doing something similar with my 55 gal and flourite black. Not sure what idea I have settled on, I didn't want to purchase that many bags though.

I thought about laying some huge pieces of flat slate I have in the corner of the tank and load up the substrate ontop of it.

The styrofoam idea is good, although when you put it on the bottom it may look weird seeing white styrofoam from the outside rim.
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Do you think I could use flooring tiles. Im thinking I can put a few in the cornner leave a very small gap between the tiles and the inside of the glass. I could then fill the small gap with some sand so you couldent see the tiles... Im just wondering if tiles have any kind of coating that might be harmful to the tank... Thanks in advnave for the help...
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Watch out when it comes to putting in things like tiles or lava rock to build up a hill. Rememeber sand is easy to move and over time it will end up seeking a level position. Especially if you have corey cats, shrimp or other bottom dwellers messing with it. You may end up with a stack of rocks/tiles with a thin coating of sand on top and all the edges showing, as the sand that covers that angle up (from the base of the tank to the top of the tiles) settles down to the bottom.

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turbo makes a good point. the way you build up a slope using lava rocks is to treat your sand like cement, and the rocks like bricks. lay some sand down, push some rocks into the sand, then cover the rocks with sand, then push more rocks into the sand cover, and so on. finally cover with extra sand. by this point most of the cavities between the lava rocks will be filled enough with previous sand layers, as for the sand to not erode and later expose the rocks above. when you layer in the rocks, try to keep them even height relative to each other, so a few are not as likely to poke above the top sand layer when your bottom dwellers mess around. just like we plant a forest to prevent erosion on a hill side, so must you plant on the slopes so the roots help keep the sand in place.


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Why not buy a 60lb bag of sand to build up and then put the good stuff over it. HD has 60lb bag of "Course sand" For about 4$ Thats what I did then I put the aquatic soil over it.
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Maybe check out dendroboard.com and see how they build up their palludariums/terrariums for their pdf's. I've seen somce crazy land/aquascapes that create nice ponds and river sections. Just take a little look or something.

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you could silicon peices of glass onto the tank like th efirst peice 1 inch second 2 inch 3rd 3 inch and then just fillthe gaps with substarte till they pour over a little, every once in a while u may have to grab a little bit and put it back up if it falls a little
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