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post #1 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Making a cave

Hi all,

I was looking in my tank and figured it's never a bad thing to have more cover, but I want something that will look good too. Right now I bought a couple small fake plants and some PVC piping. I was wondering what kind of paint I can use to paint this PVC piping.

Also, right now I'm planning on using silicone caulk to cover the cave in the same gravel that I'm using for my substrate, but if anybody has seen anything that looks better I'd love to hear it!
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post #3 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I wanted to do that and make something with slate, but I couldn't find it anywhere I went tonight. Wal-mart and Home Depot both told me it was "out of season".

I told them I'd wait until "Slate Season" started again...
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post #4 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Any ideas on the paint that can be used?


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post #5 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 08:37 PM
Those slate caves look cool, but looks dangerous for fish, since there are allot of sharp edges.

You can make slate caves from slate tiles and buying a electric wet tile saw (about $80 USD) and using aquarium silicone. They would look like this...




In the tank, you can burry them like this...
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post #6 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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So..................The uhh......PVC cave I'm making.....which is inferior to these, but um...if I were to paint the pipe, um.....what kind of paint would I use?








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post #7 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 08:45 PM
I've never seen anyone paint anything placed inside the tanks, with the exception of ceramic stuff, which is baked on. I know you can buy colored PVC pipes.
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post #8 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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I've never seen anyone paint anything placed inside the tanks, with the exception of ceramic stuff, which is baked on. I know you can buy colored PVC pipes.
Blast....already bought the white. When I use the caulk to cover it in rocks I'll just make sure I get everything covered.
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post #9 of 34 Old 11-21-2006, 10:26 PM
LOL

The colored PVC is hard to get off the shelf and usually purchased online and allot more cost. What you are doing is common. Some people put some silicone inside and put some rocks in there, so it looks allot more natural.
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post #10 of 34 Old 11-22-2006, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Well I'm using the adhesive to cover the PVC pipe with rocks, but i didn't account for how gross this is, lol. Also, it takes a lot more than what I thought, but having said that....it is going to look pretty good! I'm excited for the outcome.

My goal is to get it covered with rocks tonight, then tomorrow morning I'll spot check it for more rocks, tomorrow afternoon I'll put a couple fake plants on it, then wait 24 hours.....at which point I'll soak it for another 24 hours just for safe measure.
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