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Old 02-22-2012, 02:24 AM   #1
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Possible materials to use under rocks to protect bottom-glass

I want to protect the glass from heavy rocks by distributing their weight evenly across the glass. I'm planning to have several heavy, not pointy sharp but not round and smooth either, rocks on one side of a 40g tank. I've read of eggcrate from lighting, but are there any other materials I could use? Stuff from around the house?
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I went with eggcrate on my cichlid build but passed on my SW build. Benjamin's 55g Malawi Cichlid Build. If you have leftover acrylic I would think that would work as well. Large, flat slate pieces, pvc pieces maybe? You could cut 1/4" pieces from the pipe and lay them under the rocks possibly. Just thinking out loud here.
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You can use styro foam. If you are using gravel, there is always the risk, however minimal of creating a pointload, which can break the bottom. A friend lost 2 tanks to this, and switched to using styro beneath his rocks.
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Freshwater or Saltwater set up?
For SW most just put it on the glass and cover the bottom with sand. Some make a pvc frame to rest the rock on.
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I got a sheet of egg crate from Home Depot and cut it to shape. I also anchored my driftwood to it.
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