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Old 09-17-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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Egg Crate in Cichlid tank

I am a little confused. Tomorrow I am setting up the new bigger tank (120) and it has been suggested to me I use egg crate under the substrate to protect the glass from the weight of the rock. Is this a plastic grid or are we talking a foam insert like for a mattress pad? Anyone have any experience using this? I want to set this up absolutely right from the get go.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:48 AM   #2
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Plastic grid for lighting

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Old 09-17-2014, 10:33 AM   #3
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I used the plastic lighting grid I bought at Home Depot. I have play sand substrate and a massive amount of large rock hard scape. The grid helps even out the weight of the hard scape as my Africans dig the sand


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thanks guys, I thought that was what it was, now I know what Im looking for when I go in there.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:37 PM   #5
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Lay out your hardscape on top of the eggcrate/light diffuser then add the sand. That way even if your cichlids dig there's little to no way the rocks can fall over.


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Thanks , I'm going to go pick up some here in a few minutes. Does this make it any harder or require anything special when cleaning the substrate floor?
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YOU CAN ALSO TYE THE rocks to the egg crate with fishing line or wire zips to stop the from moving , falling
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YOU CAN ALSO TYE THE rocks to the egg crate with fishing line or wire zips to stop the from moving , falling
That's a great idea. Do you guys think id have any luck tying a few plants to them as well ?
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Thanks , I'm going to go pick up some here in a few minutes. Does this make it any harder or require anything special when cleaning the substrate floor?

No, ideally you want about 1/2-1" of sand above the egg crate so your only cleaning the sand and so nothing gets trapped down there.




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If the rocks are stacked well there's no need for that.


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anubus likes getting tyed to rocks above the sand
u could also use an under gravel filter instead of the egg crate
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u could also use an under gravel filter instead of the egg crate

That doesn't offer the same support and is made out of cheap Flimsy plastic.


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Yeah I have an undergravel filter at home and thought of using it, but it did seem like it wouldnt be much in the way of support. I only have a few really heavy rocks and then a few more moderatly weight rocks. the rest is going to be cichlid stones and caves wich are actually very light. Id love to do a few plants in there but I know the Mbuna are likely to eat them as well as dig them up
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Use the egg crate light diffuser. I know what its like to have the bottom of a 75 crack.....Its not fun.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:00 PM   #14
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[QUOTE=mikem691;3044389]Use the egg crate light diffuser. I know what its like to have the bottom of a 75 crack.....Its not fun.[/QU

I went and picked it up today, so now I should have evrything i need to put it all together tomorrow
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Not sure what you are using to cut it to size but be careful it might splinter a little. I used tin snips but would recommend a hack saw or band saw if you have one.
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Nah, just use flush cutters Click image for larger version

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actually the piece i bought is exactly 46 inches long (tank is 48 and 22 inches wide tank is 24. so I think ill be able to just lay it in there
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Don't forget the center brace!


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D#%}# I did. Oh well looks like I'll be snipping after all
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D#%}# I did. Oh well looks like I'll be snipping after all
Doh I hate when that happens.
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