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Re: My New 40B Planted
well this isnt sand it is Medium grit Black Sandblasting Media and doesnt seem to get smelly like when I used pool filter sand. Also I wont be vaccuuming I will have plenty of amano shrimps etc which will keep the bottom clean. and possible reason for buildup on your could be as I found on mine before was over feeding it caused lot of buildup on the bottom
as for the stone wall its pretty basic. I had an old poster frame and took the clear acetate and cut a strip the length and height I wanted the wall. I then got a bag of river rock from walmart abt $3.50 for 50 lb bag. washed the rocks really good and layed them out on a card table to dry good.
then I just used 100% silicone and picked through the rocks siliconing them to the acetate. next I got a free 5 ml syringe from walgreens and filled it with silicone. I also got a bag of crushed stone from craft store which is abt the size of sand grains. I didnt use sand because the sand will absorb the silicone giving a weird look and the stone doesnt. then taking the syringe i ran tiny beads of silicone between the rocks and some to fill the gaps between the rocks and once silicone was there poured and pressed the crush stone onto the silicone beads which hides the gaps and silicone and looks like a type of mortar.
I then took some 4" plastic "C" channel and cut it into 1 1/2" wide pieces. I then siliconed these along the backside of the wall where the bottom foot was abt 2 1/2" below the wall. this allowed for substrate depth and also the substrate would hold the wall in place. the wall can be curved how you want when placing as long as they are slow curves so you arent popping rocks out of the silicone. as you curve it you can hear and tell if its getting too much.
Last edited by JoeH; 06-12-2015 at 01:48 PM.