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sloping in substrate

I was just wondering: When you guys slope your substrates, do you put anything underneath it to hold it together (e.g. egg crate?) Wouldn't the slope eventually flatten over time?
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using something to hold the substrate back will help in the long-run. try using a long piece of wood to act as a barrier, or a big stone. but even with this technique, the slope will level out a bit eventually. you might have to move the substrate around a bit from time to time to keep it the way you want it.

the roots of the plants will also help hold the soil in a slope as the plants grow, just like plants growing on a hillside will help prevent erosion.

alternatively, you can build terraces in the tank with plexiglass prior to the addition of substrate if you want.
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