The "retaining wall"

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by andy, 4 Jan 2008.

  1. andy

    andy Member

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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
     
  2. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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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.
     
  3. JazzyJeff

    JazzyJeff Member

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    In the past I have used slate, large pebbles and at the moment bogwood !!!
     
  4. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

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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.
     
  5. Ray

    Ray Member

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  6. andy

    andy Member

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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 )

    newtank-1.jpg
     

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