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Old 08-05-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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DIY Stone Cave

I'm thinking of taking small pieces of slate and building a small cave for my rams and keyholes. All I would need is silicone to glue the pieces together right?
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Yep ... Aquarium safe silicone and some imagination. You can really get elaborate with caves, terraces, columns ... etc. Really does add to an aquarium!
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Ok i already have the silicone. I'm having trouble finding the right stones/slate though.
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Ok i already have the silicone. I'm having trouble finding the right stones/slate though.
Your best bet are landscaping stores .... I find two types of slate. The ones used to make roof tiles that are fairly thin and thicker slate that's used to make a slate fence or a walkway.

I lucked out an a neighbor across the street had extra he didn't need.
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I actually came across some good sized rocks outside. If I were to boil them for 5min each would they be ok for my tank?
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I think they should be okay as long as you boil/bake them in order to kill any unwanted pathogens.
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We used rocks from our yard. Baking doesn't do much, so I've heard, but boil and do the vinegar test and you should be ok. That's what we did and everyone is happy actually have my first holding female!
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They are currently soaking in a bucket. I can't really boil now since my mom is cooking but once boiled i'll start siliconing some together and i'll post some pictures. I kind of have an idea of what i want to do.
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Depending on the size of the rock, you may want to let them cool in the water after boiling. Slow temperature changes are key, cooling them off too quick can cause them to explode.
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since i'm boiling one at a time due to pot size can i boil one then place it in a bucket allowing it to cool for a few hours and then start siliconing them together?
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