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Old 06-24-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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DIY Slate cave.... Look

Im planning on a DIY Slate cave/sculpture i have 6 slate slabbs from about 10 years ago thats been outside. Previously used as a walk way in the garden..... My Questions are...
1-Is this slate aquarium safe
2-I plan on using GE I silicone
3-will this raise the PH of my Platy tank which is pretty basic water
4-anyway to test is it is aqua safe i have 2 pieaces in a styrafoam cup submerged in water
Im posting a link from youtube hear to show you guys what im making...
And pics of my slabbs for you guys to see
MY Camera is Crap its a BB Curve 2 megapixel camera cant find the HD one
This is the Youtube Link sort of what im trying to do....YouTube - My home made slate cave aquarium decoration
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:05 PM   #2
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Was 6 till clumsy me dropped it lmao
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:12 AM   #3
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That guy's caves are really cool. If it is actually slate it shouldn't have any effect on the water chemistry.

Just make sure you clean the slate off, boil it if possible. If you're afraid of it exploding, you could just soak it in a bleach solution, then soak it in a solution of I think 5x dechlorinator? Maybe 10x... Other than that you should be good. And I think you dropping it isn't a bad thing, you have to break up the pieces anyway right? Those things are huge.
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:48 PM   #4
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Very cool.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:11 PM   #5
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I made a slate cave system for my cichlids and they love it...Almost too much, they spend all day in it instead of out where they can be admired lol. I used aquarium silicone from petsmart, allglass i believe. It has had no side effects at all. The GE 1 is safe from what I hear, but I couldn't get my hands on any. Can be tough to clean, I use a toothbrush to get in the cracks.
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Cool ill start that 2morrw i need sand paper too for smoothing edges
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I bought my silicone from Petland its too hot today to work outside..... Hopefully tomorrow cools down a lil
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