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Old 05-25-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Cave / slate

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I intend to build my own Cave since i can't find anywhere the picture of one i have in my head !!

I need to use pieces of slate of various sizes bonded together with aquarium sealer.
i need to know what process is required when washing / cleaning the slate. and how will i know when its suitable use and for my Aquarium.

thanks for any help ......

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Old 05-25-2012, 05:18 PM   #2
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Soak it for a about a week then let it sit in the sun, I've read about baking and boiling but I'm not 100% on if that is best for slate some rocks can explode if it gets too hot. Welcome to AA by the way!
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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A few drops of vinegar on the rock, if it foams it's bad.

Gently boiling it for several minutes should work. If you're concerned about the rock exploading you can use a heavy duty pot with a heavy lid and don't look inside until it's cooled.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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My neighbors asked what i was up to ..... How do you explain your boiling Slate !!!


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Old 05-26-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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I think my neighbors are way past the stage of asking me what the heck I'm doing lol. I think that ended after they asked me why I was boiling deer antlers I'm my yard.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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I think my neighbors are way past the stage of asking me what the heck I'm doing lol. I think that ended after they asked me why I was boiling deer antlers I'm my yard.
Haha, did you put deer antlers in your tank? That'd be cool to see!
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:31 PM   #7
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Haha, did you put deer antlers in your tank? That'd be cool to see!
Lol I did at one point, but took them out I was afraid they would start to decay. And that was a rack I didn't wasn't to lose (12 point)
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Lol I did at one point, but took them out I was afraid they would start to decay. And that was a rack I didn't wasn't to lose (12 point)
Nice! That's really cool!!
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:22 AM   #9
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How is the slate turning out rovic? I've never done slate before, post pics when your done!
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:22 AM   #10
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I've done a mock up of what i want and i must say it looked good, i intend to build the cave properly with the bonding silicon then leave it to soak for 14 days or so ...but yeah I'll post pictures as I'm doing it ;-]]..
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Its such a lovely day i thought I'd start my cave building

this is the start of it, its about 29.2cm x 24.1cm

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taking shape now, I'm useing Gold Label Aqurium Sealer to bond it all togather

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Here's a Bird's eye view, here theres an idea of the shape

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i think its starting to look like it should now !! I'm really surprised how strong the Sealer is.

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more pictures to follow!
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Right on! looking really good!
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More Cave Building

Got to the point where i had to tapper it in to form the roof.

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All most complete now, just putting the finishing slate to fill the hole on top in

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That's it! all done. I'm quite pleased how its turned out. the sealer has really bonded it together. now to let the Cave soak for a week or two. then see what the fish make of it !!!

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I love it! Are you only going to make one?
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Where does one buy or harvest rock like that?

Nice job, looks great. I'm sure your fish will love it
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Hey there, nice cave, one of best ones Ive seen on the DIY section. Congrats.
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looks really awesome, i'm jealous!
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:22 AM   #18
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it turned out great indeed, i too would be interested in knowing where you got the slate.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:30 AM   #19
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Well the Cave's had five long days in water now I'm really tempted to put the in the tank!!! its a job to know just how long slate need to be in water before its safe for the fish ??
As for the members who would like to know where i got the slate ...... Well i looked everywhere in aquarium stores all over even on the net, then was out shopping with the wife for wallpaper in our local super store ( B &Q here in the UK) and there it was Bags of garden slate plus it only cost me 6 a bag enough for about 10 caves or some other kind of ornament's. it comes in three size's S / M /L, i got the Medium ....... Am i happy .... Yep, I sure am !
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I just couldn't wait !! I had to put the Cave in the tank.....

And here it is in all her Glory, I'm not putting any fish in just yet I'll let the Cave customize to the water.

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Heres a bit of a closer view, i think once the new plants have had time to grow and establish themselves it'll look even better plus I'm going to get some moss for the wood and Stones

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Well thats it Friends i must admit I've enjoyed sharing my "Cave" building with you all
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