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Old 03-13-2004, 05:24 AM   #1
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Home Sweet Home! DIY Cave...

I have seen some DIY caves here and there online and I couldn't resist trying to make one. It was alot of fun and I encourage anyone to do it. I bought a piece of pvc pipe (3 way) from Home Depot and cut off about 1/4 off the bottom for more of a cave look. Using Aquarium Sealant (from PetSmart), I glued dried gravel (from my tank) and a few plants onto the pipe. It cured for over 48 hrs before I introduced it into the aquarium and my weather loach loves it! A few of my bala sharks have gone through it and one of my black skirt tetras hid in it when I was trying to net him.



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Very cool! It just looks like part of the substrate.
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Neato!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LOL Love the loach pics. Very nicely done - they look great. I'll move this to DYI in a few
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Old 03-13-2004, 08:08 PM   #5
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Wow, I may have to try that!
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Old 03-13-2004, 09:17 PM   #6
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Thanks! I had so much fun with this project... and feel so warm when I see someone using it!
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Now that I think about it, its probably good that you cut a little off the bottom to make it more a cave then a tunnel.

Should anyone ever get wedged in there all you'd have to do is pick it up, it would be very hard with a tube.


Again, very nice!

I'm inclined to do something like this myself, now.
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Good point William! I never even thought about it that way... but yes, it would be as simple as lifting it to free someone! I just did it because I wanted to lessen the surface requiring glued gravel!
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whoooppee Aquarian - I've made one too. I can't wait to fill my tank & watch the clown loaches play in it.
Thanks heaps for the tip.
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What did you use to cut the PVC pipe? I've gotta think about cutting out the bottom of mine too... Would definately sit better in the tank. Awesome! The only suggestion I would have is that you should've gotten that black ABS pipe, or if you wanted, people on CF have even dyed their pipes for their UGJ black using Rit Dye, they boiled the pieces in Rit Dye, took it out, soaked it, wiped it off, soaked it again, keep wiping it off until no more black comes off the towel. White may be a little to reflective or not match the substrate too well. You've got me scheming to take a hacksaw to this guy right now.
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