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squirt_12
01-14-2008, 07:13 PM
ok...so i am thinking of maybemaking a few of these and i was wondering.....could i just but the already opened coconuts that my LFS has for the reptiles???? is there anything wrong with them??? they still have the fiber on the outside...well some. and then on the inside all of the white stuff has been peeled off and the milk has been drained.

would this work??? is there anything that i would have to do with it??? or could i just clean it and stick it into the tank???

thanks.

Algenco
01-14-2008, 07:20 PM
boil it to get some of the tannins out and for sterilization

shalafi04
01-14-2008, 07:37 PM
i would still do the boiling. Its important.
Just boil it over and over, with frequent water changes until the water comes out on the clearer side of things.
I boiled mine 3 times for 20 mins each.

squirt_12
01-14-2008, 08:34 PM
ok...sounds simple...i am still debating if i should or not. I think that it would look cool if i did.

cocoa_pleco
01-14-2008, 11:06 PM
they look cool, when i kept lots of FW tanks i made them all the time

squirt_12
01-14-2008, 11:07 PM
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they look cool, when i kept lots of FW tanks i made them all the time
sweet....do you think that the coconut thing i mentioned would be ok???

Tolley
01-14-2008, 11:08 PM
they're really good my cories sleep in them ( well go in there when they're not eating lol )

Fishalicious
01-14-2008, 11:31 PM
I use them in all my tanks as well... the ones for reptiles are fine... or you can crack some open yourself and make your own :19:

All my Apisto's breed in half coconuts and they look lovely and more natural than all the ceramic caves or flower pots i.m.o... you can also tie moss on them to make them blend in completely in planted tanks

Happy Coconutting xxxx

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 01:44 AM
thanks. I am not going to do it right now....but here soon i will go to my LFS and pick some up. I just wanted to get some info about it before i actually did go through with my plan. I want to get the 33g done first which wont be for atleast 2 months since i have to move the tank cause of renovations.

thanks for all of the info everyone :thumb:

muffin
01-15-2008, 02:16 AM
Thanks for asking this one. Everytime that I go into Petco or Petsmart I see them and think about getting 2 of them for my tank. I just didn't know if I should do something to them or now. I never look at the price because I didn't know if I even could put them in my tank. I think I will go look at the grocery store and the pet store this weekend and decide which path to take.

MeganL3985
01-15-2008, 02:19 AM
Squirt, look in my gallery I have one in my betta tank (since July I think) and my betta LOVES that thing. :) Very easy to make also.

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 02:22 AM
Squirt, look in my gallery I have one in my betta tank (since July I think) and my betta LOVES that thing. :) Very easy to make also.
yeah i have seen it and it looks awesome in the tank.....in one of the pics isn't your betta like half in it and half out??? i think that it looks awesome.

thanks Megan.

YaYgoldFish
01-15-2008, 02:30 AM
Squirt, I would take the time to make one, I've seen the ones your talking about and they don't compare to the DIY ones, not to mention their about 5 bucks more than an actual coconut.

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 02:32 AM
Squirt, I would take the time to make one, I've seen the ones your talking about and they don't compare to the DIY ones, not to mention their about 5 bucks more than an actual coconut.
is it hard???? i have readall of the DIY coconut cave threads but i was wondering if it was easy to make your own or not??? yes?? it looks fairly easy.

MeganL3985
01-15-2008, 02:33 AM
Yeah I do have a pic of him half in, half out. Can't seem to find it though.

MeganL3985
01-15-2008, 02:34 AM
The coconuts are not hard to make as long as you have a few tools available. The basics....nothing fancy. The coconut itself, it was like $2.

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 02:38 AM
The coconuts are not hard to make as long as you have a few tools available. The basics....nothing fancy. The coconut itself, it was like $2.
wow...thats ALOT cheaper than what i would pay for it at the LFS.....i think that i will try to find a coconut and make one myself.

yeah i think that i have all the tools needed...we have ALOT of tools.lol..too many if you ask me.

MeganL3985
01-15-2008, 02:52 AM
Yep, thats all you need to buy then, is a cheap coconut :)

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 02:55 AM
Yep, thats all you need to buy then, is a cheap coconut :)
thanks :thumb:

Algenco
01-15-2008, 02:56 AM
they look cool covered in java moss

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 02:56 AM
they look cool covered in java moss
hhhmmmm....i bet they would.

MeganL3985
01-15-2008, 03:14 AM
I have thought about covering a terra cotta pot in java moss. I think that would look kinda rustic. :)

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 03:15 AM
I have thought about covering a terra cotta pot in java moss. I think that would look kinda rustic. :)
go for it....i think that it would look awesome...

Algenco
01-15-2008, 03:53 AM
soak the coconut,pot, etc, spread the moss evenly over the surface, set in a shallow dish or cookie sheet, cover with clear glass bowl and set in by a north facing window, no direct light. Check every 2-3 days to make sure it doesn't dry out, mist if needed, in about 2-3 weeks the moss should have attached and is ready to place in the tank

squirt_12
01-15-2008, 08:30 PM
very cool algenco....thanks.

i would love to do that if i had moss and the coconut caves (which i think i am going to do)

TheCrunch
07-17-2010, 12:53 AM
Would other reptile hides/caves work for fish?

teddscau
08-22-2010, 01:39 AM
I had my dad cut one open. We left the halves to dry for a couple of days and the flesh turned fluorescent pink! Dad said it was a chemical reaction or something. Once the flesh dries it comes off easily. We've boiled the halves 5 times but the water's still quite brown.

Northernguy
08-22-2010, 03:43 AM
Would other reptile hides/caves work for fish?
If the finish is non toxic and it is new (not used) it should be ok!

Please check the date on the threads before posting.Starting your own thread is best!

Tedscau keep boiling!lol
Read the thread before posting and please check the dates.
Hi-jacking threads is not polite!:22: