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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-11-2018, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help Finding Safe DIY Supplies!

Hi! I'm looking to start making silk plants for my fish tanks, rather than buying them, as they are super expensive where I'm at. I was wondering, what fabrics are known for being aquarium safe? And what what at home decorations can I use in my tanks? Since towels and washcloths are used in water, can I boil one and use it as a plant growing base (anubias, java fern, etc.)? I'd also love to know if Gimp (plastic lacing) is safe for aquarium use! I have tons of it, and would like to weave a little "hammock" for my bettas! Thanks in advance!
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I lost a Betta within 24 hours of accidentally dropping a plastic headband (the tank was in a bathroom) into his tank. Ever since that, I've stuck to only adding items marketed "For Aquarium Use" from stores or online.

My Bettas have all definitely preferred living plants to manufactured ones, could you put some Java fern in the tank for him?
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I lost a Betta within 24 hours of accidentally dropping a plastic headband (the tank was in a bathroom) into his tank. Ever since that, I've stuck to only adding items marketed "For Aquarium Use" from stores or online.

My Bettas have all definitely preferred living plants to manufactured ones, could you put some Java fern in the tank for him?
I'll see what I can do about the java fern. Thanks for the insight!
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Point to consider? Headbands are far more prone to having been polluted on the head than the plastic itself. Shampoo comes to mind?
But for the first question, I use lots of weird things in the tank. The plastic mesh used for weaving is great to form boxes to protect fry when they have to stay in the main tank for longer if I run out of tank space. It is my first thought when I need dividers that work better than the shop version. Fabric called tulle/wedding veil is another handy item that I use a lot for building super large nets or covering eggcrate to make it hold small fry that slip through the larger holes. Since the color die is totally dry, I've not noted any problems with using a variety of colors of green and brown. Super cheap stuff, too at something like a dollar per running yard which is 60" wide!
However, I will say that my plant building what drives me to grow real!
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