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Hardscape Cushioning

Post  COCOBIRD on Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:49 pm

I read that when installing hardscape that I should put a piece of Styrofoam underneath the rock. The purpose being that a piece of sand does not move between the rock and the bottom of the aquarium causing a crack.

Do others commonly use this method?

What other precautions are taking for using large rocks in hardscaping?
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Re: Hardscape Cushioning

Post  Alowishus on Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:17 pm

Eggcrate. Flourescent light louvre from Home Depot or Lowes.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202025149/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=light+louver&storeId=10051

I wouldn't set up an African tank without it. I doubt it's really necessary in a discus tank, but there's nothing like peace of mind.

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Re: Hardscape Cushioning

Post  Amp2020 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:50 am

Either its lowes or Home Depot that sells the egg crate(light diffuser) that's only 1/2" thick. The other place sells the regular egg crate that's about 1" thick. I'd go with the thinner one. You can also use a thin sheet if acrylic, say about 1/8"-1/4" thick sheet. Remember to always place the rocks first then fill with sand. This prevents a tall rock pile from having a land slide and killing your fish. I've seen many cichlids kill themselves by having a cave-in from digging where they shouldn't have. I wouldn't use styrofoam inside a tank, too tough keeping it from floating. Big cichlids would easily rip it apart and you'll end up with styrofoam pieces floating around everywhere.

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Re: Hardscape Cushioning

Post  williemcd on Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:27 am

Nothing more to add other than Egg crate is avail as scrap at the big box stores and it's possible to walk out without a charge... I'm cheap..

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Re: Hardscape Cushioning

Post  Fern on Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:53 pm

I never put anything down and have had hundreds of pounds of rock in tanks and have never had an issue. 150+lbs all stacked up in a 120g tall and the same in a 125g, both stands were standard issue with the tank just resting on the edges.
Just set up like you normally would.

The only real worry is the rocks falling down......
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Re: Hardscape Cushioning

Post  COCOBIRD on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:26 pm

I didn't end up using anything either.

My hardscape isn't that heavy I don't think.
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Re: Hardscape Cushioning

Post  VeeSe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:32 am

COCOBIRD wrote:I didn't end up using anything either.

My hardscape isn't that heavy I don't think.

I looked at your pics that you just uploaded on facebook. You have nothing to worry about.

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Re: Hardscape Cushioning

Post  williemcd on Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:41 am

I agree with both Fern and Veesee.. Plus, the aquascaping looks great! I can envision the Discus roaming the tank!.. AND.. you forgot to pick up some seeded filter media when you picked up the plants.. I've jump-started tanks in less than a week with donated seedings. Bill

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