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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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making a cave

im wanting to make a small cave for my pleco to hang out it and whatever else wants to hide can any one post a link that might help me out or just post some ideas
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I bought a small plastic log from wal-mart and its now my plecos condo. He loves it and it looks nice in the tank. I had to remove the fake plants but it wasn't a big deal.
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plastic logs, slate rocks, clay pots, pvc pipe, hollowed out driftwood...
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A tiny clay flower pot has a fairly natural look, and you can punch out the bottom.
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If you have larger rock like substrate you could glue some together to make a cave. Just make sure the glue is safe for in tank use.

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If you don't mind plastic, PVC pipe comes in a variety of dimensions.
If you have a tile shop near by, there are a lot of things you can build with what they have using aquarium silicone.
If someone in the house is interested, find a ceramics store or pottery store that lets you make your own creations and fires it/them for you.
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iv herd of all these i should have ben more specific i want something some what large that i can plant on top of. could wood be used for this? if so any ideas on waterproofing and making sink
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if you would like to grow plants on it I would use Large pieces of lava rock. I know that anubias, java fern and mosses all attach well to lava rock...I'm sure that with skill other's could be attached as well. I hear that a great product you can use to stick the rocks together is "Great stuff stone and foam filler". I have not used this product but I hear good things.

DO NOT USE AQUARIUM SAFE SILICONE TO GLUE POROUS ROCK TOGETHER! IME It simply does not work as the silicone does not get all the way into the holes and will fall apart if looked at the wrong way.

I hope that this helps!
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I just use big pieces of driftwood and bury them most of the way. There's almost always a cave like result. If not, you can dig out under it.
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