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Old 08-06-2008, 01:00 AM   #1
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best way to add "shelves"

im planning on getting a 100 or 125 tank as soon as my 29 is running and stocked. but im in the planning stage of what i want to do with it.

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i was thinking of using lexan stripes to block off the sand at the diffrent hight/layers i needed. hide it behind the rocks and the stumps. any issue with putting lexan inside of a tank? im looking for a step down look at each layer instead of it being sloped. any thoughts?
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:52 AM   #2
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lexan should work as long as its flexible. I love the idea I've been playing around with my tank and made some tunnels as well as caves. That would be another cool thing like a PVC tunnel that goes from the top to the bottom layer.

I dont think you really need 6" deep on the top layer, you could put rocks or something as a filler there and use 4" of substrate. Just to save money.

I'll post some new pics of mine tomorrow night, I have some pretty massive hills and the tunnels mentioned. I just need a piece of slate to cover a couple of the PVC tunnels.
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ya i was thinking of using about 4 inches or so of pfs on top then cover it with black soil of some kind for the look. pfs runs 11.00 next to my work for a 50 pound bag. even cheaper then gravel.
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that would work and its cheap
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yes cheap can be good in the right places. i can already tell my 29g tank is going to be fun buti wouldnt classify it as aquascaping. prolly going to have a jungle look to it. on the bigger tank i definetly want to try and create something.

the stumps may be a little big and may take up to much room but i know i will want a 3 step/stage look to it with clear boundries between each stage.
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it may also be cool to create steps going up the middle or slightly off to one side
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lexan is pricey, i bet normal plexi would work fine.
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lexan is pricey, i bet normal plexi would work fine.
Yeah lexan is pricey, I have it for the rear windows in my car. Its also a pain to cut. You an buy some at a glass store(or autoglass store) and they should be able to cut it for you.
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pain to cut? id rather cut lexan anyday over plexi. Plexi will crack easy. when working with lexan, i just sandwich btw two boards and cut with a jig saw.
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my boss does a side job working with lexan. i can get a sheet of lexan for about 5 bux. the thickness would be .20 or .40 and i already own lexan cutting scissors so cutting wouldnt be an issue. thats the reason i was wondering about lexan. i can get it pretty cheap and know how to work with it.
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