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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 11:01 PM
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wooo...interesting...do you know how to get algae to grow on it by chance???
Put the pot where algae grows. At SUNY Oswego, my tank had a thin layer of algae growing all over everything, because of the sunlight from my window. so it grew on the pot too. My panda corys loved to rest inside the pot and graze on the outside of the pot.

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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Put the pot where algae grows. At SUNY Oswego, my tank had a thin layer of algae growing all over everything, because of the sunlight from my window. so it grew on the pot too. My panda corys loved to rest inside the pot and graze on the outside of the pot.
ah ic...hmmm I guess I'll try to do that...except I don't know where's the specific spot where I have algae growing...><
I have a lot of snails and shrimps that eat up the algae so it'll be hard to pinpoint where the optimal algae growing location is...:/
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I made this for my angels to breed on and my cory's to hide
I cut the hole with a dremel and I sanded the edges of the hole so that my fish wouldn't get hurt
Remember to wear goggles and a mask there will be a lot of dust
Its a terra cotta pot that you can get at home depot or lowes for a buck

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I made this for my angels to breed on and my cory's to hide
I cut the hole with a dremel and I sanded the edges of the hole so that my fish wouldn't get hurt
Remember to wear goggles and a mask there will be a lot of dust
Its a terra cotta pot that you can get at home depot or lowes for a buck
woo that look so nice!! makes me want to make one too, haha! I'll see if I have time to make one...but then I'd have to buy a dremel too...I don't have one yet...><
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just get a hammer and knock a piece of it off
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just get a hammer and knock a piece of it off
but if I knocked a piece off of it...it wouldn't be as neat as using a dremel...:/
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most of the terra cotta pots are fairly soft, you could probably cut them with just a hacksaw. If you are careful/lucky, you can break pieces off with pliers to shape an opening.

Once you get it how you like it, you could just sand it to get a nice smooth edge.
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noo! dont use a hammer or a hack saw its going to crack!
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post #24 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 01:08 AM
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Another reason not to put the painted pot in the tank is the pottery can become saturated and it might loosen the paint from the inside. Not only will you have paint chips in your tank, you'll also ruin the painting. I'd use a pot that doesn't have sentimental value to you instead and put that one somewhere where you can see and enjoy it.
Abrasive means like a dremel are going to be much less likely to crack a pot if you're cutting holes. Another good option would be a tile hole saw to cut a round hole if you prefer. Home Depot keeps them in the tile section along with other tiling tools.
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haha thank you all for the suggestions! I actually just decided to get a flower pot and not do anything to it and just placed it in my tank!

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What do you guys think? Any suggestions on how to promote algae growth on/for the pot?
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It looks great.

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To promote algae growth on a clay pot:
Expose to light and keep moist.

(Gee that is going to be hard to do in a planted tank!)
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