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Old 03-16-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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help with diy mangrove roots

i need help building artificial mangrove roots like seen in this picture. i want them to be roughly 24". what products, techniques, etc? i need them to be 100% reef safe and permanent. any suggestions are greatly appreciated. i been to all corners of the internet looking for manufactured ones i can buy and none look like the real thing or are large enough. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-16-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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I remember a post almost exactly like this. It even used that picture.

I suggested that you could use manzanita wood and just coat it with aquarium safe paint.
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yea that post was probably me i still havent found a solution. i want these to be 100% reef safe inside and out so theres no risks. i think i can use a resin for the outer layer but i need something to use for a skeleton frame i can bend into the shape i want. (not metal wire)
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You can use a hair dryer to heat up thin PVC pipe and bend it. And it will hold the shape when it cools
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problem is 1/2" is the smallest pvc pipe you can get and thats inside diameter...good for some larger pieces but need smaller ones too
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love the heat bending idea i didnt think of that
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:02 PM   #7
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Not sure if you could get it hot enough with out it actually melting, but if you can get it hot enough that you could stretch the pipe I imagine it would get thinner
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Looks like these guys have 1/4" PVC
http://www.usplastic.com/mobile/item.aspx?itemid=23979
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