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Offline danj_91

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DIY cave
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:15:12 pm »
Any ideas on how to make a good DIY cave suitable for small varieties of plecos? I've had a look at ones you can buy and they don't look very natural. I want something to blend in and not be noticed much. Even the ones where java moss has been put around them doesn't look to appealing to me.

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    Re: DIY cave
    « Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 12:26:29 am »
    Me 2! I've been thinking about a half coconut shall with a opening n then trying to get some moss to grow round and on it!


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    Re: DIY cave
    « Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013, 12:40:51 am »
    How about stacking small rocks/ slabs as you would have in nature. Not exactly a cave but lots of nooks and crannies.

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    Re: DIY cave
    « Reply #3 on: June 01, 2013, 01:51:31 am »
    I'd agree with mfrance here, some stones/rocks and flat stones / slate like stones to create a cave/caves in a small series. Then you can cover it with some moss, let it grow over and will give a nice natural look.

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    Re: DIY cave
    « Reply #4 on: June 01, 2013, 08:54:38 am »
    Been looking at ready made plec caves on the Internet and they aren't that cheap for what they are. Could you not just use some PVC pipe and do the same job?
    Thinking about getting a male and female in whichever variety of plec I go for so I'd like them to have somewhere to breed and feel safe. Would they need a cave each or would they share as long as it was big enough to accommodate them?
    I'm not entirely sure how big the cave/tube has to be, as I don't want them getting stuck but I heard they like to feel snug. They might not bother using it if it feels to much of an open space.

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    Re: DIY cave
    « Reply #5 on: June 01, 2013, 09:46:17 am »
    I made mine out of a £1 bag of ikea pebbles and a bit of superglue. Not a great photo but it kind of gives the idea. Pvc piping will work as well and could easily be covered in moss to make it look more natural.

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