what can I use to support a heavy tank decoration?

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by jarthel, 15 Jan 2010.

  1. jarthel

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    I have a trunk here that's probably around 20Kg. I'm just wondering what can I use inside the tank to the trunk does not damage the bottom plate?

    maybe styrofoam (the same white packaging material used to protect brand new TVs)? Though I am unsure if these would last submerged in water.

    thanks for the help :)
     
  2. Piemonster

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  3. Stickleback

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    I used polystyrene, the stuff you buy from your fish shop to rest tanks on.

    I didn't really like the idea of putting something so synthetic in there, but apparently it is completely inert. No cracks yet.

    R
     
  4. Nick16

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    eggcrate is the best. reefers use it to support all the rock stacks in their tanks.
     
  5. jarthel

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    egg crate is made out of cardboard? The ones (the call it egg tray and can hold 2 dozen eggs) that I've seen uses cardboard.

    thanks again
     
  6. jarthel

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    that's styrofoam! thanks you for sharing your experience :)
     
  7. OllieNZ

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    This is the stuff Nick16 is talking about its made out of plastic.

    Regards
    Ollie
     
  8. jarthel

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    I have never seen those egg crate yet. :( I'll ask the reef aquariums and ask if they sell any. But I'm beginning to think there'll be massive mark-up :(
     
  9. OllieNZ

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    Check your local hardware or lighting store as the stuff is often used for a grill over recessed fluro tubes in the ceiling

    Regards

    Ollie
     
  10. Robert1979b

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    EggCrate is not the stuff that eggs come in. I thought it was used to give hight and allow circulation around live rock in marine tanks. As i understood in this post it is just to be used to protect the base? All you need is the egg crate below or an old sponge from a filter or a grate from an old under gravel filter etc. Anything that gives some padding and will increase the surface of the nobbly bits of the wood.

    Rob
     
  11. Nick16

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    look on ebay mate. its cheap as.. well eggs. :lol:

    you can get metal egg crate but the plstic ones are better for what we use it for.
     
  12. jarthel

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    I'm just surprised it's called egg crates but has nothing to do with eggs?
     
  13. Piemonster

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    But it does, larger holed versions were used to transport eggs in. in crates. Hence the name.
     

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