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Substance divider????

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This is my first post and have been a member for a little while. I have been lurking in the background looking at all the great information.

My question is this:
I will be starting an aquascape and I am wondering when I divide the sand and the eco-complete, is there a material that I can leave in the ground cover to barricade the roots from merging into the sand areas? Also the material used, does it affect the water chemistry?

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Don't expect the barrier to stay perfect, some will get on each side.

One thing that works well is to cut a piece of plexiglass or plastic and leave it there. Some do this and silicone it in place or suction cup it to the side glass. You can then cover it up with moss, wood, rocks, plants, etc.
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Macclellan is right, you can get some thin plexi to bend too. To form "S" bends and such. The one problem is if it is not scured to the bottom of the tank (siliconed) roots will almost definetly find a way under. Remember they (the roots)are looking to spread out where ever they can. Nothing but good light and nutrients to help them in their quest.
Plexiglass is a tank material just make sure you pull of the paper/plastic and adhesive.
One thought, maybe a large tupperware container to act as a pot but ?????? I really don't know if that would work if the container was large enough ????


Anyone try it, also how large of a tank are we talking about?
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I would try lexan instead as its less brittle than plexiglass
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I use some form of this in my 75 gal tank to keep the grass where I want it and not spread to the other parts of the tank. So far, so good, but I don't have a thick carpet yet. I can tell you that other plants that grow real low have crossed the barrier with their branches. I have mine set about 1/2" above the substrate and it goes all the way down to the glass bottom.
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See the 6th post in my ADA photo journal if you wish to view the acrylic dividers that I made. Click the link in my sig. Dial-up warning.

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