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DIY Cave

Hey Gals & Guys,
So I want to make a cave to put under a hill I have made in my new 40B. Here is a picture of the hill here (its all the way to the right, sorry for the poor pic)...

As you can see the hill is pretty weak right now despite the 8 Crypt Nurii sitting on top of it that will eventually be badass (I have also begun to lovingly refer to it as "The Hill of Nurii"). I want to put some type of upside down container underneath it and then cover said container with aquasoil so that I have a rather large cave formation with none of the outer walls showing.

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1. What is this the best type of material to use for this cave? Is tupperware aquarium safe?
2. Can I use gorilla glue to adhere some aquasoil to the outside of the container prior to installing it in order to assist in the containers camouflage?
-If not what type of adhesive is more suitable?
3. What is the best method of insuring that the slopes are gradual rather than steep?

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 01:56 AM
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I would use a terra cota pot and just partially bury it. Large black oval slate rock could be used as filler
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I am worried that I won't be able to completely hide a terracotta pot because of the steepness of the sides. I want there to be a cave but I don't want it to be visible unless I am looking in the front door.

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Ive used a black 2" PVC Tee or elbow before. Just silicone the pvc and sprinkle on some substrate so it blends in.

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I could do PVC but I was looking for a more cavernous effect

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I could do PVC but I was looking for a more cavernous effect
Cutting the PVC in half might work

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Too narrow for what I am looking for. Tupperware bowl would be ok but I am worried that it may have chemicals in it that will leech into the water column over time. Looking for a similarly shaped alternative.

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If there is a michaels (arts and crafts store) near your area, Ive seen some 2" tall terra cotta pots there.


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Found a cichlid stone that I can use that suits my needs. Thanks for the help guys

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Have you ever seen the coconut huts people use for hermit crabs? I'm sure if you stick it in a bucket of water, it'll eventually sink (someone correct me if I'm wrong). It would also work perfectly for that color substrate and the slope matches your hill. I think it would work perfectly if you got it to sink.



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I had considered the coconut huts but I was worried I wouldn't be able to completely hide it. I found a grey cichlid stone that I will be able to spray black with the Krylon-esque paint I have. It has a front/back entry and is 4.4"x3.5" approximately. Should be perfect for what I have planned.

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I had considered the coconut huts but I was worried I wouldn't be able to completely hide it. I found a grey cichlid stone that I will be able to spray black with the Krylon-esque paint I have. It has a front/back entry and is 4.4"x3.5" approximately. Should be perfect for what I have planned.
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Why not use slate and make it customized to exactly what you want? Its like $1.50 a tile. I used aquarium sealant to hold mine together
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just look up DIY backgrounds using styrofoam and use that method to make a cave, or a cave and a background

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