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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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This is going to seem really basic to some of you. I need a cave for a medium cichlid. I built a few out of rocks, but the digging tends to make them unstable. I tried drilling the rocks and putting wool dowels in, they rotted and broke. Anyone built a natural looking cave (or obe easily covered in plants) and want to share their insight. I'm a cave short and waiting for the war to begin.

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You can build out of slate tiles and silicone.
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That looks cool. Doesn't fall apart?? I tried silicone with a stone that was like sandstone. It fell apart. Could have been the stone type though.
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You can use pvc pipe. Cover it in silicone and roll it in substrate material and allow it to dry. You can also bury the back and put it in at an angle. I did that with elbow and he surrounded them with decorations on a cichlid tank.

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That's also a cool idea. Nice to have options. I was thinking of going to the nursery place near here tomorrow and looking at stones. They sell by the pound there, so it's not too bad. I kind of want a place to put more plants. As you are probably aware the diggers make keeping them in the substrate nearly impossible. My driftwood cave is overgrown with Java fern and so is another driftwood piece in the tank. I haven't had success getting it to attach to stone. Will have to do some thinking. If anyone else has ideas I'm listening. I might even try more than one.

Bump: That's also a cool idea. Nice to have options. I was thinking of going to the nursery place near here tomorrow and looking at stones. They sell by the pound there, so it's not too bad. I kind of want a place to put more plants. As you are probably aware the diggers make keeping them in the substrate nearly impossible. My driftwood cave is overgrown with Java fern and so is another driftwood piece in the tank. I haven't had success getting it to attach to stone. Will have to do some thinking. If anyone else has ideas I'm listening. I might even try more than one.

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Sorry @studentclimber didn't get a notice from tapatalk there was a reply. Nope its solid as a (rock) lol. They sell the solid slate tiles at home depot you only would need a couple and a masonry blade

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-26-2016, 06:33 AM
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Here's a nice article about making natural looking cichlid caves: How to set up and aquascape a Cichlid habitat.
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You can stick a clay pot in a bucket if water for a day and drill a hole through.
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If you own a dremmel tool you can do some pretty fun stuff logs.
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i used my dremel tool to cut a nice round hole in a coconut. The fish loved it. It did take a while for the inside to quit getting slimy. But now that its aged its perfect. It did not stop the territory battle that they were having. I finally gave up and gave both fish away to people with larger (separate) tanks. I'm keeping the coconut cave though, might even add another. For 2 bucks and the half hour of work, totally worth it.
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I personally like clay pots, but PVC is what we always used in our stores. You can make shapes with them (cubes, triangles, etc.) by being a little creative.

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