The "retaining wall"

andy

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Again, taking inspiration from James' 200 L tank where he used some rocks from AE to create a retaining wall so to speak, i was wondering if any materials have been used other than those rocks eg would slate look right if i got some thick lumps and cut it to size etc (size needs to be various lengths x 3" high x 2-3" wide)

Has anyone used anything else...especially stuff that can be scourced locally at a garden centre or builders merchants etc.

Your help, as ever, is most appreciated.

Andy
 

Dan Crawford

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hiya, slate would work fine but if you cut it to shape its gonna be hard to get it looking natural, I have found that using a hammer and chissle gives the best results. It kind of splits where it would "naturally" split.
 

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If you want to build a slate wall you might find it easier to use slate chippings or paddlestones and silicone to stick them together into a wall. Lumps of slate could be tricky to find and while slate splits very easiyl down the strata, it is very hard to break it across into 'lumps' IME.

Last time I had a retaining wall it was made from suitable pieces of Mopani wood.
 

andy

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Thanks guys.....i see the guy in that last link used clear. thin plastic as a "retainer"....interesting.

I like the idea of the larger "slate chippings" being siliconed together. I would then possibly add a thin strip of plastic behind the wall to prevent plants from spreading too much.

This is what i'm trying to acheive. (tank will be approx 48 l x 18 w x 24 h )

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