Making a raised piece of ground in a tank

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    So since my little project: http://www.apsa.co.za/board/http://www.apsa.co.za/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5 is well under-way I need the help of my fellow APSA members. I need ideas for making an "Island" or a piece of raised ground for my 1.5 foot tank. It should be easy to construct and be sturdy enough so it does not fall apart. And most of all practical. So shoot with a few ideas while I use my googlefu.
     
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    Nylon socks (ladies), fill with substrate, plant on it.. easy..
     
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    Will it work if it breaks the water, do you have an example?
     
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    Stockings dude those things won't break down and you can plant directly into it
     
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    Hi Larch

    I got my fingers or my brains crossed replying to you for this thread from another of your threads so you will see a duplicate of this on Project X - sorry bud


    Re: Making a raised piece of ground in a tank
    « Reply #32 on: Today at 09:13:29 PM »
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    Howzit Larch

    I copied from another of your posts for way of example.

    Give us an idea of what you have in mind (pencil on paper) like below please - I'm sure that will help (especially me) if us APSA mob are going to fire off some ideas

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    Peter Leid

    Quote from: larch on Yesterday at 09:45:15 AM
    So here is the layout I am thinking of doing:



    1. Will be a raised area with some potting soil for the terrestrial plants.

    2. Will be a piece of driftwood that will sit in the water and run onto the piece of raised ground. It will also split the tank so I can do half play sand and half pebbles.

    3. Will be play sand.

    4. I will get smooth rocks and build a raised area using glue and then fill it with potting soil.

    5. Will be river pebbles.

    6. Is going to be a large piece of dragon rock that is were the hob filters water will fall onto I will be covering it with some moss.
     
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    Stockings full of gravel should work, or you can try lava rock and cover it with gravel. The lava rock locks to each other and holds pretty well.
     
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    Hey Larch

    I think Luis has the right idea, especially if the tank is small.
    When a tank gets bigger then rocks and wood can be a great help - but that unforgiving bitch "Gravity" has a way of getting everything back to flat again..... eventually.

    Draw us a picture Bud - it will help a flow in the APSA ideas department....

    PJAL

     
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    Hrrm I am talking about a fair amount of structure that needs to be raised above the water.
     
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    OK
    So what are the tank dimensions?

     
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    Give me 30 minutes and I will have a side view for you. The top view is already explained by the bullet points.
     
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    If you use plastic liner, it can help keep things stable. You can use non toxic plastic strips to help keep the structure in place, much like the guys do when creating hectic slopes in planted tanks. Or, you can glue rock together to create the structure. Where there are gaps, fill it up with marine silicone on the inside, so it's not visible from the outside... Then cover it with moss. So you can't see any of the silicone.
     
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    Meh I cannot draw to save my skinny life.
     
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    http://www.apsa.co.za/board/http://www.apsa.co.za/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=56451#p56451
     
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    Thanks, I will have to build it in levels to get it high enough but it looks like it might work for me.
     
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    That's the nice thing about using stockings, you can mould it into shape. Use that same pea sized gravel so you get good flow through it.
     
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    If you are to have an emersed area, this is the best option really.. :) use the rocks to keep the slope up, and pvc plastic on the inside, just for a bit more support..

    If you are to use garden soil, then you are in trouble.. it will wash out on the tank..
     
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    The one idea I had for when I was planning a mud skipper tank is to take old tub like an ice cream tub, can cut a side out to hide heaters and pumps in, turn it upside down and presto, you have a raised island. If tub is sturdy enough and put various pots with soil on for plants
     
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    i know this may not be Exactly what you want, but i think if you scale it up a bit, it should work...
    in this video he does not break the water level, but the construction may prove useful...
    I would however place a few stacked sheets of polystyrene, to fill up some unused space, and
    possably save some soil, , also to protect the inside bottom of the tank from sharp pressure points
    caused by heavy rock.

    8)

    Altitude Aquascape by James Findley - The Making Of
     
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    Thanks, I abandoned the project so I can keep my focus on my single tank.
     

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