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When building the background, do you build it so that it goes down past the substrate or stop it above and build the substrate up to meet it?
 

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This keeps water from wicking up the BG.

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Hi,
I had the problem of water wicking up over a divider Rock between the Dry and the Wet sides of the Tank.

I made all the Rock work ,. including Background , Waterfall/Cascade and also a Rock Cover to fit over the Glass Divider separating the Pond from the Land.

Because the finish on my Rocks it very real like , after a week or two there was water getting into the Dry section..... it was climbing up over the Rock separating the Wet from Dry.

What I did was... paint a clear sealer over the Stone like finish of the Divider Rock to make it more Shiny so it didn't get a purchase on it and therefore didn't wick .

Here is a Picture of it .
Frog Habitat Wall etc picture by RonnyPonny - Photobucket

Just like a Stone Bird Bath or Pond ,... the Water will climb ... but with a Plastic one it won't.

Maybe doing the same with the bottom few inches of the Wall , might help.

Cheers Ron.
 

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I actually want the water to wick up. I plant mosses there. I take mine all the way to the bottom. The water wicks about 3 inches.
 

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If it has a a false bottom I don't bother with it but if it doesn't then I leave like 2 inches with dirt filling it in or a half to 3/4 qrtrs of an inch for leaf... Or drylock the bottom to keep it from getting wet
 
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