Ledge of gravel?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by cameronpalte, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. cameronpalteValued MemberMember

    I am interested in building a 6-8 inch high ledge of gravel in my tank that steeps off steeply to the bottom of my tank and will be around 10 inch long (out of 48) and 13 inch wide (out of 13) in my 55g.

    I am also interested in putting a small cave in the gravel side of the cliff (possibly) where fish can go.

    What do you think of this? How would I make the slope?


  2. Fall RiverValued MemberMember

    10" includes the ledge AND the slope? You could do it out of plexi, a 6" vertical with the slope section glued to the top, much like a ramp. Cover the whole thing with gravel etc. A hole or two drilled in the face of the hill to allow access to the inside. You'd also be able to see inside.

  3. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Your best bet to do anything like that, I think, is to fashion something in the shape you want it to be and then glue the gravel to it to provide the texture you want. Then you can easily remove it for cleaning.
  4. cameronpalteValued MemberMember

    No slope, basically straight up and down and 10" ledge.

    Thanks for all the help everyone!
  5. soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember


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  6. Meeps83Well Known MemberMember

    I think it sounds neat. Did you get the idea from a picture? Or did you create the idea on your own? Props to you for being creative like that!
  7. cameronpalteValued MemberMember

    nice picture... a lot like this except you have the sides flipped, so it would have the entire side covered with gravel and your ten inch slope would be along the length so like this...


    ^front view


    ^side view

    and I want it to be:

    |______________|<other edge
    | gravel

    ^side view

    and then the frontal view it extends 10 of the 48 inches out and drops down.

    Thanks for all the help!
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  8. cameronpalteValued MemberMember

    I was just sitting around thinking and it popped in my head from something I had read on fish lore a few days back about somebody wanting to try that so I thought of the cave and said hey this will be cool.
  9. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, I don't know how people make cool designs like that either :)
  10. cameronpalteValued MemberMember

    Haha agreed.
  11. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Just consider water flow, you don't want to have a dead spot in the tank. Dead spots can lead to a build of detritus.

    Other than that, looks very cool :;hf
  12. cameronpalteValued MemberMember

    Thanks. I hope to get started on it soon but it should be at least a few weeks. Since I will be making this tank a guppy tank, which means lots of guppies, and more so, lots of fry which means a good chance of over crowding (which I hope doesn't happen) but I will probably add another aqueon 55/75 on the other side if possible which means double the water flow:). Thanks for the advice!

    Ooooh your a mod now:).

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