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Old 02-10-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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DIY PVC Caves--Glue Advice!

I've been having trouble with my cichlids fighting and I have been thinking of ways to add in more "caves" for them so they can have more territories. Putting more rocks or cichlid stones is sort of out of my budget right now.

So I thought about this idea and was wondering if anyone has tried this before. My husband is a plumber and usually has extra PVC pipes laying around. So I thought I could get him to cut me some in small tubes (say 3 or 4 inches in length) of different diameters. Then I was thinking of gluing them together in a stacking sort. But I didn't want my tank to look like there was PVC everywhere so I thought I could glue extra pool filter sand (which is what the aquarium has in it) to the pipes. But to do this, I would need like a spray kind of glue to spray and then coat the pipes in the sand. That way the pipes would look natural and it wouldn't look so much like PVC pipes.

Does anyone know what kind of glue is aquarium safe but also in a spray can?
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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What a great idea. How about a reef glue?
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:40 PM   #3
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Do you know of one in particular?

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That looks great, Rare!!
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Yes!!!!! Thats what I had pictured in my head! Please tell me what kind of glue you used.

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I did something similar and used the sand substrate on some and gravel substrate on others to match the tanks they were going into. I used pure aquarium silicone. Basically I squirted it onto the pvc and smeared it around with my hand inside a plastic sandwich bag. I painted them with similar color Krylon paint first so any color showing through would not be obvious.


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That is sooo cool! Thanks for sharing! I didnt think to paint them. Does lowes or home depot sell that aquarium glue? Ive never had to buy any.

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Old 02-10-2014, 09:19 PM   #9
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Petco, Petsmart, local fish store carry aquarium silicone. If at Lowes or Home Depot you should be safe with GE Silicone 1 window & door. It's the only silicone there without mold inhibitors that could harm your fish.
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Ok, ill look that up. Thanks again! I wish there was a spray kind but ill use a zip lock bag like you did.

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