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Old 05-06-2004, 10:45 AM   #11
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very very nice ...yeah how did you cut the PVC pipe though ?
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Old 05-06-2004, 11:32 AM   #12
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A dremel would easily do the cutting.
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I didn't have any fancy tools, although my dad probably did, but I didn't know where to find them, so I just found a handsaw in the tool shed out back and started hacking away. It took me forever, well maybe like 30 minutes, I don't know. Check it out, my Banjo likes to hang out in there sometimes.

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Old 05-07-2004, 02:50 PM   #14
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very nice cave MikeWinLDS !!

You guys see any problem in not cutting the pipe at all ..as in use the entire pipe, submerge the bottom inside the gravel and use it as a cave?

I am going to try to make one for my 3 Gal FW. Will let you know how it turns out!
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Old 11-03-2004, 04:09 PM   #15
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Sorry for not checking back in so long

I'm not sure what hubby used to cut the pipe with... he did it in the garage. I asked him to cut it so it would lay "flat" on the substrate and also because I didn't want to run into any problems with anyone outgrowing the cave and getting stuck...

BTW, my loach died a few months ago. Now the neons hide out in it, and occassionally balas swim through.
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Old 11-03-2004, 09:12 PM   #16
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i used my rotozip with the approiate bit (i don't remember, but could check if needed) and removed the burrs with slight grinding wheel, on my dremel.

if you choose to use the rotozip just wear gloves, and eye protection, and follow all safety precautions, little plastic particles will fly around.
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Old 11-05-2004, 07:48 PM   #17
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I didnt even bother cutting the PVC. It wasnt a big deal, it sticks right in the gravel. Only thing is, you'd have to have enough gravel to make it look like an actual cave.

I RIT dyed mine black, too. Looks much better this way. Alls you have to do is throw in the package into boiling water and boil the PVC for however long it takes to make the PVC black. It'll go through a light green then a dark green stage then black. What you do after this is simply pour out the black water down your sink (assuming your sink is stainless steel) and rinse the piece in cold water thoroughly. Then I let them soak in water for 24 hours and then rinsed them again in cold running water. Finally, I took a white paper towel and dried the inside making sure there was no black left.

...Siliconing was a B*tch
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Old 11-06-2004, 02:08 AM   #18
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haha I went through silicone hell myself. It took me all day to scratch all that goo off my fingers. YUCK. And the stupid rocks kept falling off but it was all good in the end.
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Oh yes! What fun it was!
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Old 11-07-2004, 04:53 AM   #20
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oh man, thank you fsh for reminding me of the hell, i blocked it out of memory. it took me 2 tubes of silicon to complete my tunnel, over 2 days to remove all the left over silicon from my hands, lost alot of arm air, and the gravel kept falling off mine as well, i just wish i would have had the good sense to use a bigger grade of gravel for the tank, and the tunnel.
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