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Old 07-12-2004, 02:29 AM   #1
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What do you have in your tanks for hiding holes or caves?

I am looking for something different to use. I see that flower pots are popular. How would a coffee mug work for smaller cichlids and such? I was thinking how cool to have a Aquarium Advice coffee mug laying in my tank.

What do you use?
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Old 07-12-2004, 03:47 AM   #2
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Yeah, an aquarium advice mug would look cool in a tank...
A lot of people use pvc tubing for caves... some people glue/silicone their gravel to it so it blends right in the the bottom of the tank. There are many interesting store bought, plastic, cave you can buy... you can make one by arranging aquarium safe rocks... I make some fairly interesting caves out of coconut shells... in case you haven't seen those yet I have a few pics in my gallery as well as a topic about them in the classifieds...

Speaking of different... I'm sure most of you have seen those bettas in the vases with a plant sticking out... my friends mom has hers in a coffee pot with a plant sticking out... I just love things that are different...
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I mostly use flowerpots and DIY caves---great post on them in the DIY section. My cichlids won't go near anything that in any way doesn't look natural. I've tried vases, cups, gerbil and mouse tunnels, etc.--pretty much everything and those are the only two things they will use. I definitely wouldn't recommend anything that looks shiny and man made like a cofee cup. It's frustrating and expensive when you buy something for them and they absolutely refuse to use it.
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Old 07-12-2004, 05:29 AM   #4
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I have a store bought plastic log and a poreclian (sp?) tree stump, plus I've got a large red-ish sandstone directly under the filter's return water so it doesn't stir up the sand too much.

Before I gave my pleco away he used to stay in the tree stump alot even though it was shinny, I guess it just depends on the fish
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Old 07-12-2004, 08:59 AM   #5
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I think you should try the coffee mug!!
In my various tanks, there is lace rock, natural wood, a huge castle, basalt slabs, river stones, and shells for my bb gobies and shell dwelling cichlids.
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Will put a dark blue mug in the next tank cleaning. If the water tests show cycling is done will get a pair cichlids this coming weekend.
If they like it I will get a Aquarium Advise mug.
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toilet paper rolls are good.... for about 4 mins.. ha ha..

flower Pots are my favorite.. but I also like to take flat rocks and build hiding spots for my guys...

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All of my favorites have already been said.

PVC (tubes and elbows), flowerpots, flat rocks leaned onto eachother to make a house, and a nice piece of driftwood is always nice.
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toilet paper rolls are good.... for about 4 mins.. ha ha..
That's about how long they last in my gerbil tank
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i have driftwood, buried pvc (elbows etc) and a piece of sandstonish slate proped up with some flat roundish rocks
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