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PostPosted: 2005.11.07(Mon)23:09    Post subject: Aquarium-Safe Clay + DIY Caves Reply with quote

I want to create 5 caves for what will be my 5 pairs of apistos. I am thinking of making either a tube-like cave that goes down into the substrate at about a 30 degree angle or piling up sand in a corner or on a clay dome and making a small opening in the side. How do I keep the sand on the clay without it being brushed off? Silicone? Also, what clay can I use? Play Clay(it's gotta be somewhat safe if little kids are putting it in their mouths)?
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PostPosted: 2005.11.10(Thu)13:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keept waiting for someone to answer you, noone has so here I am. I would go with something like pvc for a tubeular type cave and maybe use sand or gravel arround it in the manor you were speaking of. I don't think you can use clay/putty in an aquarium, I think it would turn to mush and make a huge mess.
Good luck on your project.
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PostPosted: 2005.11.10(Thu)14:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clay wouldn't be safe, I would either use pvc pipe or terra cotta flower pots(new) You can make caves out of rocks also.
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PostPosted: 2005.11.10(Thu)19:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, then what can I use? I'm kinda thinking of a soda can covered in silicon to keep it from rusting and to keep the substrate attached to it. But if I do that, what can I put on the edges of the hole to keep them from slicing my fish?

Wait a minute, I've got it! Idea Plastic! I could use a plastic soda bottle! And for the non-tubular caves(which I've decided will be the style for all of the caves), I can use a wiffle ball! or small plastic tupperware containers!
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PostPosted: 2005.11.10(Thu)20:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

susankatomerit wrote:
You can make caves out of rocks also.


Could I dig a pit and cover it with a rock, so only a small opening was made? That'd make a good cave. Would the pit walls need support? I don't care for stacking rocks for caves unless you make a rock wall with hidey hole caves in it.
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PostPosted: 2005.11.10(Thu)21:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

CCS wrote:
susankatomerit wrote:
You can make caves out of rocks also.


Could I dig a pit and cover it with a rock, so only a small opening was made? That'd make a good cave. Would the pit walls need support? I don't care for stacking rocks for caves unless you make a rock wall with hidey hole caves in it.



That would work as long as the sides don't come down on the fish. You might use a couple of small rocks to support it.
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PostPosted: 2005.11.10(Thu)23:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll probably stick with the plastic idea. Any other ideas?
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PostPosted: 2005.11.11(Fri)19:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

don't forget the coconut shell caves.
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PostPosted: 2005.11.12(Sat)1:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd prefer something that won't decompose. What plastic items do you think could be converted into good caves? My brother thought of using wiffle balls, but they have too many holes and the holes are too wide to create a nice, thin entry hole. Tupperware perhaps?
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PostPosted: 2005.11.14(Mon)14:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about using rocks to make a cave shape and then burrying the structure under the sand/substrate?
You can stick the rocks together with aquarium silicone.
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