I wanted to test out a new computer program, and decided it would be an interesting idea to build a model of what I'm planning on making for my first vivarium. I'm glad I did, because seeing it in 3D raised a couple questions that would have really prolonged construction if I had just tried to go ahead and build it from my imagination.
Here's what I had in mind, it's a 29gal for 4 Leucs:
Of course there would be plants, and also a piece of driftwood. I'm imagining a peice of driftwood that slopes from the main ground in the back left up to the little cave area, so I wouldn't need an actual piece of sloping land there.
(1) The main land area to the back left I want to have a steep slope into the water, and I'm not sure how to accomidate this. From what I understand the substrate is a mix of things like cocofiber, bark, and stuff like that, and is pretty loose layed. With such a steep bank, almost vertical at one point, and sloping into the water also, I don't think the substrate would stay. It doesn't pack like that does it?
(2) A similar question about where the land slopes from above land to under water. I will use the same egg crate wrapped in screen to create a wall preventing the substrate from getting under the false bottom. The question is, how do you place the substrate there to get the slope? Is it just loose layed? Wouldn't that slowly erode?
(3) Anybody see any other areas that could possible cause a problem or give me trouble?