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post #1 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
My first caves

I got some equipment so I can start making my own caves for my plecos:




Large cave Inner Dimmensions (14cm L x 5cm W x 4.5cm H)
Small cave Inner Dimmensions (14cm L x 3.5cm W x 2.5cm H)

I know, too much silicone. This is my first set of caves, so I just wanted to see how they turned out. I used clear silicone for the larger one and black silicone for the smaller one. I think I like the look of the clear one better.

The larger one will be for my L-333 to hide out in. I'll probably make a couple more to put in my 125 gallon (473 liter) tank for my L018 Gold Nugget pleco to hide in. I'll make a few more without the back cover, so it can act like tunnels for my clown loaches to play in.

The smaller one will be for my zebs when they get bigger. I'll be making some smaller ones for them to use right now since they are still juveniles.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 06:31 AM
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Eddie, it would have been better if you were able to post pics of step-by-step manual on how to make caves.
Then this thread would be moved to DIY section if you have pics for manual.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 09:34 AM
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Hi Eddie are you using marble to make the caves?

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
These are just my first ones, which are kind of crappy looking. Eventually, when I figure out the shortcuts, I'll probably go ahead do the a step-by-step procedure.

Oceane, they are slate floor tiles that I bought from Lowes (DIY superstore).
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 03:16 PM
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what ya made them out of?

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
I use slate tiles.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 03:26 PM
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ah, thats cool. looks nice when wet.
who knows we might all end up buying them off you!!!!! :D

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-23-2006, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
Cool. But there's a guy in UK that also makes them, so if you're really interested, I could pass you his information.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-24-2006, 05:42 AM
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yeah might be worth having a look, see what he can do

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-24-2006, 03:15 PM
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Hey looking good...I would like to make somethign like that for my tank. The only thing with that is it doesnt look ' natural' in the tank I would think.

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10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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