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Old 02-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #1 
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DIY gravel plant base

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this but, the LFS near me sells these artificial plants that are rooted to a small gravel pile rather than a plastic tray. They look and work great, but are pretty pricey. Has anyone tried this or know how its done? It looks like they just mixed gravel with aquarium silicon. Or is tyere anyone who knows how to make cheap custom plants?
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:34 PM   #2 
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IMO.....live plants cost about the same as artifical and actually improve water quality for the fish.
Just make sure you get silk plants as plastic will tear a bettas fins!
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:59 PM   #3 
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I would like to add in live plants as well but I have a tendency to kill them . I mostly like that I can make my own plants and decorations over being limited by what the stores sell.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:40 PM   #4 
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No idea! That sounds really cool though.
I need to replace my silk plant bases, just found out that they all contain metal...not fun.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:04 PM   #5 
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If you want to "make your own" plants, you could use silk plants from the craft store. They won't be "aquatic" plants, but most people couldn't tell the difference anyway. Just be sure to remove any metal spines, etc, before attaching to your silicone/pebble base.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:05 PM   #6 
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If you want to "make your own" plants, you could use silk plants from the craft store. They won't be "aquatic" plants, but most people couldn't tell the difference anyway. Just be sure to remove any metal spines, etc, before attaching to your silicone/pebble base.
Good thinking! :)
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:20 PM   #7 
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That's the plan tekkguy but I'm not sure about how to make the silicon base. How much silicon to gravel, what do I put it on to dry (I don't want to silicon little mounds of gravel to my table), and should I poke plants in gravel as it dries or stick them to it after the gravel sets?
I love the plants I'm just not sure how its done. I may be way overthinking this though lol.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:23 PM   #8 
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That's the plan tekkguy but I'm not sure about how to make the silicon base. How much silicon to gravel, what do I put it on to dry (I don't want to silicon little mounds of gravel to my table), and should I poke plants in gravel as it dries or stick them to it after the gravel sets?
I love the plants I'm just not sure how its done. I may be way overthinking this though lol.
Cut up a water bottle. Use little circles of the plastic as your base to put the silicone on. Stick the plant stem in the silicone, and then drop a bunch of pebbles on it (even better, use whatever substrate you're using in the tank so it matches!). Let it cure for 48 hours, and then trim any overhanging plastic from your water bottle base.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #9 
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Yeah, I mentioned using silicone sealant and gravel in someone else's thread..They were worried about the metal in the plants. I said make your own!
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:59 PM   #10 
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Here's directions on how to do it using a muffin pan:
http://www.ehow.com/how_7798096_diy-...-aquarium.html
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