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  1. Default DIY Floating Leaves!


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    I know it sounds strange but I had a problem that lead me to this, not sure if anyone has ever done this! Real floating plants were not working, roots and pieces would fall off and get trapped in the tank. The only plastic floating plants that I found were made for terrariums and the roots looked too fake.

    I wanted some shade for my fish without the hassle, so I came up with this idea! (I cut off the leaves from a Fluval plant that I bought, I find theirs look more realistic.)

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    Materials

    -Hot glue gun or aquarium silicone (hot glue is easier to apply)
    -Small pieces of foam that will float, small enough to place in the centre, cut to size
    (I used pre-cut foam used for scrap-booking)
    -Plastic leaves (You will need two of each leaf to create one floating leaf)

    Instructions

    1. Place the foam on the inner part of one leaf
    2. Silicone/glue very close around the whole edge of the leaf
    3. Take the second leaf and place over the leaf with glue on it
    4. Squeeze the edges together to create a bond and allow it to dry

    Now you have floating leaves!

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    Last edited by fish gazer; 07-11-2014 at 02:47 AM.
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 14 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 Mystery Snail

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    That's a great idea. I wonder what could be used to mimic roots.

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    Thanks! I thought about it too but couldn't figure anything out! I love the look of water lettuce but that would be difficult to replicate, leaves seemed much easier for now.
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 14 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 Mystery Snail

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    Nice! A lot of my fake plants become dislodged via my two plecos and inadvertently become floating plants. Lmao
    Poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito, e incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito.

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    I love the idea of that :)
    Now to buy some plants..........

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    Great idea! Gronlaura needs to see this. She is our fake plant expert and would love this.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    Nice idea, and so simple to do.

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    It is so simple, you can use any plant leaves you want. I would stay away from the silk type, I think it will look droopy in the water, but maybe that's a good look, who knows!
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 14 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 Mystery Snail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    Great idea! Gronlaura needs to see this. She is our fake plant expert and would love this.
    Great idea! I love DIY plant stuff! Unfortunately, my current would send them all over the tank! The only change I would make is to use aquarium silicone, as you don't know what's in the glue stick.
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    All that to say, I haven't tried it in the aquarium yet! I have a HOB and a current, I'll keep my fingers crossed!
    I watch fish. Really. I just sit and stare.

    Hardscaped 29G: 14 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Diamond Tetra, 1 Bolivian Ram, 6 Peppered Cory, 1 Mystery Snail

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