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How do I get an uneven surface like this for a carpet?

I'm thinking of doing a full HC carpet and was checking out some photos online to get ideas of how to 'scape and what other plants go well. I'm thinking of using a couple wysteria, moneywort, and stargrass for a look similar to what's in this photo. I just would like to know what they did to get the bottom of the tank like that. Is it rocks? HC somehow attached to them? Piled up substrate? I don't know. I also need to know what to do about African dwarf frogs in a full carpeted tank.





Also, my substrate is 100% Floramax. Will the HC even take root and stay in place or do I need to mix some black sand in with it?
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Most of the time I see people make hills with the substrate and rocks.
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Looks like substrate is simply built up behind the rocks, and allowed to spill over naturally. With a dry start the roots will also help "lock" the substrate in place.
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That particular tank looks like its using a very porous rock like lace rock to grow the HC on. Yes, it will grow on rocks.


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Or you could fill a stocking with gravel and use that.


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Or you could fill a stocking with gravel and use that.
That's not a bad idea.

This guy has a good idea too. He uses something like fishing line to tie the pot to a rock. Then just set the rock in the tank.


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That's not a bad idea.

This guy has a good idea too. He uses something like fishing line to tie the pot to a rock. Then just set the rock in the tank.


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That will work but its used more commonly for plants that are natural floaters. A dsm would be more effective for ground cover. Not only that but with the dsm, ground cover grows and fills in alot faster. Also there are several tricks to use to build up the landscape to get that hill look. To name a couple, Aquasoil is about the best substrate that holds hills alone. Lava rock underneath and capping with your choice of substrate is another. Outside of Aquasoil, keep the substrate depth in mind if your using nothing but substrate without any props.

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Porous lava stones, say 1-2" dia you can smash ADA AS into, then do the wabi kusa style method, works for most plants this way.




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I just put 5 lbs of black sand on top of the Floramax. I just poured it on top for now but figure it'll mix together over the next few days. I've got some rescaping to do with the plants I'm keeping tomorrow so I'll stir it up a bit. I'm hoping the light mixture will give the tears more to grab onto. I have some old river rocks that I'm going to break with a hammer. A couple 4 or 5 inch round rocks broken in half should do the trick to make a valley that flows from the back left of the tank to the center with that corner being higher than the front. Sort of like the above photo. I'm not going to order my HC until my T5HO shows up next week. It, my new dry fert, and my API master test kit all shipped today.
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I have used Eco complete to create mounts. It's rough enough not to "slip" under its own weight.

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