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Queequeg
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)7:45    Post subject: heaters break easily Reply with quote

I don't know what these are called, but they hang in flourescent lighting fixtures to diffuse light. (you at work? look up!). they are available at a hardware shop, or if you have a friend in office renovation, they are thrown away all the time. (the ones in your hardware store are likely to be imperfect, and you'll get them for a song if you ask- I found a chipped one, they gladly sold it for $4, they go for $12). the edges break off easily when they are 2x4 feet, but not when cut small. it was suggested to me that I line the bottom glass in my tank with them before laying rocks. I did and they work great. the rocks don't slide on them, topple, or scratch the glass, and they stay hidden under sand or gravel (or I'd show you a pic).




I had some scraps left over, so I cut them into strips, superglued them together and made a "cage" for my glass heaters. the heaters stay very safe inside, even when bashed by a digging cichlid. the new heaters with a metal or rubber sleeve are very expensive. just an idea I thought you guys might appreciate.


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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)9:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why I use an inline heater..

Hydor 300w


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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)10:09    Post subject: OK Reply with quote

how much did that cost? ebay has your heater for $43 plus shipping. I got TWO 300W heaters for $25, shipping included, and made a "cage" with scraps. superglue cost 75c. the idea/forum was "DO IT YOURSELF", not "buy something else".
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)10:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

not a bad idea. however... I havent broken a heater yet!
but that stuff is what most people would refer to as eggcrate. its so similar its transferable.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)11:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought about using eggcrate:

http://cichlid-forum.com/videos/eggcrate.php
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)19:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

fun video caton
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PostPosted: 2010.11.20(Sat)0:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

katienaha wrote:
fun video caton


Thanks, they have a lot of fun videos, I like the stripping one or the sand one. Watch them all!
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PostPosted: 2010.11.20(Sat)1:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you find your cichlids tend to scrape themselves on the eggcrate? The stuff I get here is pretty sharp unless I sand the edges a bit (tedious work!).
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PostPosted: 2010.11.20(Sat)2:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

unissuh wrote:
Do you find your cichlids tend to scrape themselves on the eggcrate? The stuff I get here is pretty sharp unless I sand the edges a bit (tedious work!).


Electric sanders are the best, it's lame to sand by sandpaper Razz
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PostPosted: 2010.11.20(Sat)9:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if those edges would melt. I have a good relationship with my blow torch... Laughing
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