Originally Posted by johnhartigan
Yeah my house is warm so the temp doesn't drop lol:p I live in Idaho so we keep our house toasty
what're good ways of doing caves cheap with house hold items:p?
I have read over and over that people like using pvc
They are cheap and easily cut. Some also like using orange clay pots, buring half into the substrate. Others collect rocks and use silicone to glue them together to make caves. One thing I saw I thought was pretty cool was a pvc
pipe placed into the substrate filling with just enough substrate to keep it down then they covered it with more substrate leaving a natural looking opening. Pretty cool effect. I am going to do this but use Java Moss to cover it instead.
I would imagine plastic water bottles could work too. Perhaps cut them in half and using fishing line or cotton thread (it will disolve over time) tie some java moss onto it so that it covers one side, then move some substrate out of the way, place it down and secure it using the substrate pushed up around it and some inside it.
I have also seen caves made from old bottles and using silicone to coat the bottles with sand, pebbles, and rocks. That is awesome looking!
Only reason I haven't used caves yet is because I don't have enough plants in the aquarium and don't want to be pulling up the caves to clean the substrate. When I do it I will be sure and plant heavily around it so to hopefully keep the area clean (plants use the waste)
Anyway, do some searching on google about "DIY caves for aquariums" and I bet you'll find tons of inspiration!
Please keep me posted! I'd love to know how your caves turn out
Could always record the process via pictures too. That's be fun for all of "viewers" here at AA!