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I wanted to know how people go about placing rocks in the tank.
do you place them first and then add the substrate or go the other way around?
if you place the rocks first do you add a small layer of substrate ( maybe sand) ?
I have seen that some people place styrofoam under the rocks so it wont scratch the bottom glass protecting the glass from cracking...is it ok to leave the styrofoam underneath?
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I start with a layer of substrate ( around 2") then place the main hardscape. More substrate is added to fill in the aquarium. Then Ill add the rest of the hardscape to help drawing attention to the main rocks.
 

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When I kept large digging cichlids, I would place large rocks directly on the bottom glass and then place the substrate. With my planted tanks, I don't keep any diggers, so the placement isn't as critical. I think rocks look better partially buried. Looks more natural to me.
 

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Idk if this helps but I did substrate 2 inch then added my first layer of rock then more gravel behind first rocks as a base to stack second rocks and then the third the second picture shows the more gravel behind first layer

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