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Talking any ideas on a DIY cave?

i need a DIY cave like the tittle says, fast easy, cheap, and efficent cave.
hopefully im in the right forum

all ideas welcome!!

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How about a halved clay potting pot? Thats a common one! Styrofoam and quickcrete could show great results. Just soak it separate first, and change the soak water several times before using it. Quickcrete will change pH if not soaked and rinsed for a few days.
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Terracotta pot.

Crack it in 1/2 if you want to, cover it in moss if you want to "disguise" it.

Or PVC pipes.

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put the coconut shell into strong salted water, bring it to the boil and keep boiling 10 hours. Than put it in fresh water for 10 hour, change water and put it for another 10 hours. After that you'll get naturally made cave that you can carve anyway you like

do nothing - get nothing (c)
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put the coconut shell into strong salted water, bring it to the boil and keep boiling 10 hours. Than put it in fresh water for 10 hour, change water and put it for another 10 hours. After that you'll get naturally made cave that you can carve anyway you like
grrrrr you took my idea!!! :P
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grrrrr you took my idea!!! :P

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is there any like rock form look?
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Look for "Great Stuff" and you can DIY one.

Check out the DIY "rockwork" in these tanks: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...sh-bridge.html





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great stuff? like just supplies?
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Expanding foam filler is sold in most hardware stores. There is also a black material sold for pond use. All are fish-safe when they are dry. They can be shaped a little bit when they are wet, but not very much. They can be carved when they are dry.

I have used the hardware stuff in a tank to make a retaining wall, rocks and foam.
I have used the pond stuff both in ponds and tanks. Wear gloves. It sticks for a LONG time!
Use the whole can. (Line up several projects at once). The best way to store a partially used can is not economical unless you are a pond installation contractor.
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Dry some substrate and take a piece of pvc and coat it with silicone. Now roll it around in the dry substrate and get it well coated. Let it dry overnight and do it again for good coverage. One more night of drying and you are done. I am not sure about abs but I don't know why it would not work and it is black.
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http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...ld/PICT0008-1.

like this one by Fishbreath! he did way good. Im not taking any credit for this so dont get mad
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You could check out fishbreath's journal where hes has photographic documentation.

You could easily scale it down to fit your needs.


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I made one of broken pieces of slate and silicone.


Siliconed it together upside-down and let it dry


Set up in the corner of my empty tank.


In the running tank with tetras hanging out.


Behind the cave was filled with substrate and made for a nice tiered effect for planting.
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