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DIY - Cichlid Cave
by Max Zupicic

This idea was inspired by Brad Newton's (aka FeatherfinFan) lava/cave background that he created for his tank.

Materials Needed:
Some crushed coral
Plastic rain gutter (90º corner piece)
Silk or plastic plants
100% Silicone glue

I went to home depot, and bought a corner piece for plastic gutters. There were two types, for inside corners and outside corners. I bought the inside type, which cost me about 10 dollars Canadian.

The first step was to heat the rain gutter over the stove so that I could shape the sides how I liked. Next, I smother the top and the sides with silicone. While it was wet, I glued on lots of pieces of crushed coral, which is what I use for my substrate. You could substitute this with whatever substrate you are using: gravel, crushed coral, or sand. Initially, the silicone did not hold that well so I then put some more on and added more crushed coral. I had a silk plant lying around, so I cut it up and stuck it into the silicone as well. I also made a small hole on top so I can put a real amazon sword in the hole. The piece was originally a corner 90 degree so there are two entrances to the cave.

With some gravel added With plants added
Under the side From the side
From the front The cave in place
"Looking to move..." "SOLD!"

Disclaimer: By building this DIY project you agree not to hold the author or the owners of this Web site responsible for any injury or bodily harm you may cause to yourself or others. Always wear safety glasses when working with tools and keep chemicals and power tools away from children. Read and understand all safety instructions pertaining to equipment prior to use.           

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