What to use as an AquaSoil/sand divider?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Thomas McMillan, 2 Jan 2009.

  1. Thomas McMillan

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    So yeah, any ideas? Some kinda plastic I guess...?
     
  2. As in just initially to divide it, or permanent?

    When I set mine up I just used cardboard and gently lifted it out afterwards.

    Tom
     
  3. Garuf

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    Use sweet jars chopped up or food standard plastics for a permanent barrier. Remember to put it in very first.
     
  4. JamesM

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    Drinks bottles are good too.
     
  5. Nick16

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    how? they are the wrong shape?
     
  6. Garuf

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    If you bend them they're not. ;)
     
  7. Ed Seeley

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    I've used the sides of plastic penny sweet boxes. Easy to cut and a bit stiffer than pop bottles so they stayed in place better. But I'm sure a pop bottle would work fine too.
     
  8. Nick16

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    i take it they have to be cut in a spiral? how do you join them together? or just over lap? how do they not curl up again? or is this the substrate that keeps it there?
     
  9. Garuf

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    Cut it into strips then bend it down the centre. I didn't join mine I just overlapped them so there's no gaps. The substrate and stones you'll no doubt use help keep everything put.
     
  10. Ed Seeley

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    If you heat it in hot/warm water then it makes it easier to straighten it and/or shape it into the curves you want.
     
  11. Thomas McMillan

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    Cool, thanks guys. We've got a load of bottles left over from Xmas so that's perffect!

    I was looking for a permanent solution BTW.
     

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