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Thread: DIY cichlid caves
06-18-2012, 03:29 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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DIY cichlid caves
I want to make some cichlid caves. My original thought was too use slate tiles, cut them to shape(square) and size with a hand tile cutter, and glue them together with aquarium safe silicon. But, the slate tiles didnt cut straight, they more or less broke where ever they wanted too.
Question is, do you guys know of my other rock that i can get in tiles and cut by hand and get straight lines?
I also thought about using quickcrete and somehow making a form to make them out of? I dont know, that idea just popped in my head.
I live in an apartment, therefore using power tools is out of the question.
06-18-2012, 04:13 PM #2
Honestly I think you're making a DIY cave a little too hard. I made one by finding some rocks in a river and after testing with vinegar and making sure they were clean just stacking them up to form a cave. Personally I think that is the easiest way.
here's mine http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...highlight=Cave
06-18-2012, 04:15 PM #3
Agree with the stacked rocks. It looks much more natural that way as well. Some landscaping shops sell river rocks you can use.
06-18-2012, 07:14 PM #4
I have made slate caves in the past. They can be a little bit of a job. I would draw a line on the slate of the shap I wonted. Than take a drill with a 1/4" bit. And drill holes a long the line. about a 1/4" a part. Than take a hammer and brake the slate.
06-20-2012, 12:33 AM #5Junior Member Guppy
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Breaking, splitting or cutting tile and rock can leave very sharp edges. You may want to be careful or think about smoothing them a little.
01-29-2014, 06:34 PM #6
using a dremel would probably work
01-29-2014, 07:27 PM #7
This thread is from June of 2012.
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01-30-2014, 02:03 PM #9
oh well now I feel stupid
01-30-2014, 02:08 PM #10
don't feel stupid. I like the photos of the caves posted here. Nice reminder of how to make natural and safe hidey holds. I'm glad the thread was resurrected.