tonilea tonilea
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  • Posted on: 13/2 21:43
plastic grass #1
im wanting to redo my aquarium and got some plastic grass, its the square tiles sort of thing. anyway im wanting to know how to lay it on the bottom. i mean do i lay gravel on top to hold it down and so you cant see the square base of the grass. i am using the grass to bout middle of the tank from front to back then gravel from middle to the back then large plants in the gravel at the back of the tank

hope this makes sense to someone
thanks for any help
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  • Posted on: 13/2 21:49
Re: plastic grass #2
Is this actually made specifically for aquariums? Can't say I've ever seen it myself. Anyhow, if it IS made specifically for aquarium use, then yes, weigh it down with gravel. If it's NOT specifically for aquariums don't use it as it may not be safe for fish (could leech toxins into the water).
tonilea tonilea
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Re: plastic grass #3
thanks for quick reply, yes its designed for aquariums. ive used it before but was years ago and i used lead weights then but didnt like the look of it, thought id research a bit before doing it
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Re: plastic grass #4
I'm not good at keeping live plants and so am fairly familiar with silk and plastic alternatives. Although I haven't used plastic grass (yet), some suggestions of options to help keep it weighed down might be:
* glass pebbles
* miniature terracotta pots laid on their sides
* silk plants with weighted bases such as the Oase/Bi-orb ones
* moss balls (may not be heavy enough though)
* rock, wood or even stones/wood with anubias attached to it

You can lay most of these in such a way that their location looks more 'natural' than evenly spaced specifically to hold down the carpet, and perhaps hides/softens the edges of the carpet.

Hope that helps.
tonilea tonilea
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Re: plastic grass #5
thanks for the reply.
some useful info