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Zule 04-05-2008 01:40 AM

Floating cave?
 
Earlier today I got the weirdest idea. Make a floating cave/nest/hideaway. I got an image of a sphere woven together from stiff reeds or long, thin branches, with some sort of plant woven among it to give it a more natural look. Something like hornwort or anachris. It would have multiple openings, so no one gets cornered in there if some other fish decides to be a trouble maker. Depending on the material used, it would either be anchored from below or tied to something above, to keep it at a certain level.

I was wondering what I could use to make this? I need something that won't rot, like most branches, and something that won't rust, or give off chemicals in the water. Ideas? Comments? Suggestions?

This is probably going to end up being frustrating, but I want to try it out. Now I'm just spoiling the fish.

Here's a concept picture.

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/484...caveplan_1.jpg

herefishy 04-05-2008 02:06 AM

A coconut. Would have to be sawn and glued. Would look somewhat natural, too. I don't know if it would float, though.

Zule 04-05-2008 02:30 AM

Of course! *slaps forehead* Why didn't I think of that? It's late. I shouldn't even be up, I need to get up earlier tomorrow.

I will FORCE it to float. I was thinking that if it was a floating material, I could tie it to some fishing line attached to an anchor. And if it was heavy enough to sink, I'd do the opposite, so it would hang from the hood area by the string. Although depending on where I put it and how much it shows up, the fishing line could look tacky...

kritas 04-05-2008 04:15 AM

I had an idea for your floating cave!!!
What If you got high dense styrofoam and because its so floatable, you might be able to get away with siliconing it with gravel, probably not much but still possible. Not as natural a look but i'm not sure.As for anchors, you could definitely use suction cups for them. I'll certainly have a look around at the hardware store tommorrow for anything like this besides coconuts, as they seem to sink fairly easy... (remember the coconut caves???)

Anyways, hope you find something to share with us, as this is quite an interesting concept...

kritas 04-05-2008 04:16 PM

ok so i think i got the right idea about this. had to sleep on it lol. You could get the coconut and cut it in half right... get the styrofoam and make a cave like shape out of it right???... then you just silicone on the coconut shell, and, PRESTO! your floating cave!

I'll go to the hardware shop today and look for the right products, and see if this is do-able...

fish_4_all 04-10-2008 01:49 PM

Using the coconut to make a cave and to get it to float, add one or more of those small styro balls, whatever is needed to keep it floating. There are also different shapes and sizes that could be used to get exactly what you need to float the coconut shell.

paws 04-16-2008 02:34 PM

Well i was thinking that maybe you could get a syrafoam ball and cut out the insides of it so it is emty. Then you could roll it in coconut grass (You know the stuff on the outside of the coconut) to make it look like a coconut...

Zule 04-19-2008 11:34 PM

Thanks for the ideas, everyone. This is what I modeled the idea after, and you can see why the project would be such a pain.

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/4848_light_1.jpg

And I worded the original idea wrong, I think the word 'suspended' more describes what I pictured. I wanted it to be stationary, like around mid-level of the tank. If the material were too heavy, I would "hang it" from the hood of the tank, like hanging a lamp from the ceiling. If it were a very buoyant material, then I'd have it anchored so it wouldn't be bobbing around the surface of the water.

Skibur 04-28-2008 05:43 PM

dats nice for me im jsut doin a simple coconut cave but it WONT sink!!!

volzb1 05-05-2008 11:09 PM

I actually have a question about this...Would the Styrofoam be bad for your fish?? like what if they decided to tear it apart would they do that?


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