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1stAquarium 02-19-2011 04:17 PM

Coconut shells as breeding caves?
I've seen coconut shells being used as breeding caves in aquariums (on google images!) - can they be used safely in an aquarium or would they alter the water in any way?

I'm specifically thinking as breeding caves for ancistrus/bristlenose catfish and maybe hiding places for African Dwarf Frogs.

Tomsk 02-19-2011 04:45 PM

I made one for one of my my Bettas in his 5G,it didnt cause any water problems.The only issue now is trying to get him to stop using it and come out and show off his pretty fins & colours :roll:


1stAquarium 02-19-2011 04:53 PM

Great, might get some for my BNs then. Did you have to soak it first to stop it staining the water?

Tomsk 02-19-2011 05:22 PM

Nope,I put it straight in after making it.I didnt see it leech any tanins.
Just remember to drill a couple of 4mm (approx) holes near the top to prevent any air-pockets building up inside (plus you can also use these holes to thread fishing line through to hold on any java moss if you like).


1stAquarium 02-19-2011 05:36 PM

Great idea, thank you Tomsk :)

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