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crayfish homes, mini cave ideas

i have some dwarf crays that need some hiding spots. i was wondering if anyone made any mini caves or homes for them before. thanks
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Pvc pipe might work. or you could try flower pots
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how dwarf are we talking here?


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How nice do you want them to look?
In the past I've taken large diameter PVC pipe, coated in silicone, and then coated in fluorite (substrate that was in the tank). bury it 1/2 way, and it 's not that bad. put it under a plant, and it's even better.

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How nice do you want them to look?
In the past I've taken large diameter PVC pipe, coated in silicone, and then coated in fluorite (substrate that was in the tank). bury it 1/2 way, and it 's not that bad. put it under a plant, and it's even better.

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x2...I've done this as well in the past for crays, cichlids etc., and it looks pretty decent really. You can heat the PVC (careful with the fumes) and distort the shape into something more natural looking than a perfect circle if you feel in a DIY mood.


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i stacked some flat rocks for my shufeldtii's. I just staedk them so there are small spaces in between. They love them. It is amaizing the small spaces that they can fit into especially the young ones. They like to hide in java moss as well.

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these are the shufeldtii crays. i have seen the pvc pipe for fish before on here. im thinking some 1-2" pipe cut in half, about 1.5" long to make a row of mini caves.i know i need to silicone them together . and like said above cover them with silicone and glue rocks to them so they look ok.

which silicones can i use other than aquarium silicone?
i think i recall it having to be 100% silicone? thanks
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Yep did the cave thing with pvc. Some I did the substrate thing and some I sprayed it with krylon fusion. Works like a champ. As far as silicone goes, get the ge silicone I. I usually use the window and door one. Just make sure it isn't the one that prevents mold and mildew, that one is the silicone II.
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