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water pressure in its normal sense will not flatten out hills you form. Rather water currents (think wave action) and fish etc will end up flattening them out. You can maintain hills much longer if you stablize the hills with roots from a foreground plant like glosso or HC> THis is similar to preventing errosion on hillsides.
 

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Some hobbyists like to use rocks, woods, plant roots, acrylic panels, and/or foam moldings, etc. to support terraces. I prefer to use rocks and dress them with moss to hide it. It's long lasting w/o the nuisance of frequent re-terracing.

If you get the chance, then visit your bookstore and/or the LFS' book rack and take a look at Takashi Amano's Nature Aquarium Book 1. There are two detailed examples of how he used rocks and woods to terrace. One of my favorites is the use of this piece of driftwood to create three distinct tiers of plantings.





If you don't want to terrace but still desire the rolling hills effect, then your only option would be through careful prunnings.
 
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