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PostSubject: Bamboo cave with moss   Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:21 pm

There is a guy selling these on ebay but they are tiny. Too small for bristlenoses.
Does anyone know where I can get bigger ones?
They look really good and are camoflaged well.
I have a slate one at the moment but need to get some more and would like to get ones that blend in well with the tank but that the fishies will love too!
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PostSubject: bamboo cave... for catfish   Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:34 pm

lol... it would help if next time you pasted a picture of what you were describing...

or a link to the item....

from what I remember one of the members on here makes them to order Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:10 pm

Why don't you try making your own, there are a couple of posts in the D.I.Y. Room that you might like to look at.

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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:29 pm

hahaha!
Didnt think about putting a pick lol!!!
Heres what I ment!

I have gone round all the local shops for caves and/or moss but cant find any...
Will have a look at bit about making your own but im really crap when it comes to things like that lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:06 pm

Just had a look at the diy ones... For some reason the pics of the ones with the plants etc are not on there?????
Great idea though! I like the idea of planting different plants on there...
I have a couple that are growing really well in my tank...
Here is a pic... Could anyone tell me what they are so I can try and get some of theye to do it with???
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:07 pm

bigger pic lol!
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PostSubject: like these caves, but depends on the cat fish kept...   Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:22 pm

I prefer to use empty coconut shells as they my peppermints tend to
prefer them, and once in the tank my males never seem to come out of them.

when using this type of cave please be careful with attaching them with cotton as
this can sometimes get hooked on the cat fish barbs / whiskers and this could lead
to a un timely death Sad

think I have seen a DIY of this cave on fishcaves.com
will look tomorrow and see if I can fins the link...

good luck..

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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:01 am

The ones I have were attached with cotton but I took it off when I got them home as the plants had rooted well on the wood already.
What would you suggest to use to attach them with???
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:22 am

For attaching plants to wood the best thing is fishing line. It wont degrade and pollute the water. For otther plants like moss then hair nets work well Smile

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PostSubject: aquarium plant rooting to caves and pipes....   Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:07 am

Have to agree with Doug on this a low grade fishing line tends to be the best,
then once firmly rooted remove it.

Alternatively if you don't mind a little DIY I sometimes use the smallest drill bit I have and drill
the material with it, so you have a few small holes to poke the root through. This is easier with ceramic pot and bamboo pipes etc
as you can turn them upside down and their own weight holds the plant inside until the root as taken hold, or become rooted in the substrate.

No doubt others may have varying ideas.....

Deano usually as good ideas, as does Moo Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:53 am

tilkifox wrote:
Just had a look at the diy ones... For some reason the pics of the ones with the plants etc are not on there?????
Great idea though! I like the idea of planting different plants on there...
I have a couple that are growing really well in my tank...
Here is a pic... Could anyone tell me what they are so I can try and get some of theye to do it with???


It looks like Anubias nana to me, photo and info about it Here
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:26 pm

Thanks Jim...
I have just looked them up and thats it!!!
Mine seem to grow much faster though with having a new leaf about every week or so. My longfin babies seem to love them but not to damage them...
They might be good to grow over a cave as they seem to be growing so well...
Do you know if amazon swords will grow with bristlenoses???
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:29 pm

I was thinking of using some netting to try and attach some plants to a cave...
Im really bad with diy so I think if I tried to drill anything it would fall to pieces lol!!!
Would they get caught in the netting??? Am I better not using netting and just using fishing line???
Im starting to confuse myself me thinks??!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:02 pm

I have Amazon swords in my tanks and the Bn's will graze on them but they don't damage them.

Netting is better when your attaching a moss, but a plant with a rhizome needs to be attached with fishing line.
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:01 pm

Found this today at Pets at Home!

Gonna see how they like this! (Not put it in the main tank yet.
Am I better removing the slate one first or leaving both in there???
If it goes down well might get another one lol
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PostSubject: Coconut cave for pleco   Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:36 pm

I never put anything in my main aquariums until I have ensured they are safe to do so.

I leave in a bucket for a few days or quarantine tank first to make sure they have no snail eggs attached or any thing else nasty...

Looks like a good cave to me though Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Bamboo cave with moss   Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:37 am

Thanks! Ive got it in my fluval edge at the moment which Ive got a few baby pot belly mollies and the spare loaches from my main tank until I can rehome them.
I havent got snails in my main tank but have in the big tank with the baby bristlies in Sad
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