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    Default My DIY Rock Cave

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    Hereís my DIY cave project for my tank. I took the idea from a DYI project that was posted by Northernguy.

    I started with a 3 inch ABS, TY. They cost just under $9 at home depot. I sanded down the inside edges. Now that Iím down it just occurred to me that I should have gave the outside of the ABS a quick sanding with the fine grain sanded paper to help the silicone stick to it.

    I wanted the cave to match the rocks that I already have ion my tank. I used 2 small bags of dark colour, natural riverbed stones that you can buy form Wal-Mart for approx $2 to $4 per bag (I forgot how much).

    I started by attaching the bottom row of rocks the ABS TY and then let if dry overnight. I used black coloured aquarium silicon so it would not be noticeable. Bought it form my LFS for $18. You can find silicone that is just as good for about $3 but I didnít want it to be noticeable.

    Once the bottom row was dry, I glued the next one on top of that with the black silicone

    I kept repeating the process allowing it to dry overnight until I reached the top of the ABS TY. I added extra rocks to try to make it look more like a natural pile of rocks.

    It think it matches the natural look I was trying to go for in my tank.

    Let me know what you guys think
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    Last edited by Cliff; 10-20-2011 at 11:05 PM.
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    Look great Cliff. Nice job.

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    Looks great buddy!

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    I like it, it looks good.
    55gal Planted community
    12 Neon Tetras
    5 Kuhli Loaches
    3 Otocinclus
    2 Siamese Algae Eaters

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    welcome - Algenco PIZZAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Sarkazmo For buying an API test kit - gabbyguppy No Message - Mith Happy Birthday - Northernguy 
    Congrats on your awards! - Brookfish Sorry I meant to send you a zebra plec! - Brookfish thanks for helping me choose the perfect RC heli! - candice&jeff thanks for the tip on signatures! - sheamurai Excellent  DIY post - Cliff 


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    PVC pipe can be used for a lot of different tank projects and this is a great example of how to make it look more natural. I like the tank too.


    1G Planted Betta tank, 1.5G Planted Betta tank, 10G Planted Swordtail Fry tank,
    10G Neolamprologus Multifasciatus (Shell Dweller) tank. Empty/Work in Progress 135G, 40GB, 2 x 20GL, 2 x 10G
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    Great idea. Looks good.

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    Great Idea's

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    Great Idea!!
    30g:: Planted: 1 SAE, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 5 Guppies, 3 Platys, 1 zebra danio, 9 Rasboras

    2.5g: 1 Male Betta

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherB
    Great Idea!!
    That's what I said....

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    Would any silicone work? Or is there a specific kind for aquariums?
    55g planted. black skirt tetras. Neon tetras. Emerald Cory cat. Glow light tetras. 1kribensis cichlid, b. Rainbow fish. Rhino pleco. Pearl gourami. Dwarf platys

    29g planted. 1firemouth cichlid. Gold barbs. Scissortail rasboras.

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