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Old 02-24-2013, 10:55 AM   #21 
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Jerry - I don't think I can afford gems, but I love the idea! Now I have plans for a blinged out tank for a female.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:06 AM   #22 
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Citrine, Amethyst,Rose Quartz crystals

Hi, In any bead or jewelry making catalogue, you can order small pieces of these aquarium safe crystals for less than a dollar or two. They are semi-precious, and not expensive at all. 100% safe, and need to only be wiped clean of any water residue when water is changed with a paper towel and then rinsed, no chemical cleaner should ever be used. Jerry
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:01 PM   #23 
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I've made some pretty thing with gemstones and silicone Jerry
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:03 PM   #24 
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my fiance scaped a 3 gallon betta tank with live plants, two coffee mugs and a big handful of polished obsidian and quartz crystals, and it's GORGEOUS.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:14 PM   #25 
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I would love to have a intricately scaped tank, but my tank is so small that I have to give all the decor a good rinse once a week. Beau doesn't seem to mind though, I woke up to a new bubble nest this morning.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #26 
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I would love to have a intricately scaped tank, but my tank is so small that I have to give all the decor a good rinse once a week. Beau doesn't seem to mind though, I woke up to a new bubble nest this morning.
you might not want to do that...in a small tank you can't really cycle a filter properly, but a fair amount of BB could be growing on your decorations. i'd only do a tear-down cleaning like that if there's a serious problem, or a major algae bloom.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:33 AM   #27 
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Well, truly the only thing that gets rinsed down is the substrate and, if Beau is being particularly messy, his cave. The only other decoration I have in the tank right now is a silk plant that I don't rinse off. I have a sponge wrapped around my filter's intake, which should be growing BB.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:26 PM   #28 
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Ok, started construction on the tunnel today, and have encountered a problem. For some reason, the glass gems don't want to stick to the PVC. I'm using hot glue, and I've had to redo the whole thing probably 3 or 4 times. I'm letting it set for several hours before soaking it, but within 10 minutes of setting in the water the gems start popping off. Especially the ones around the openings. I've washed everything down and really scrubbed to make sure that it was clean, but it still is happening. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:32 PM   #29 
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The gems are probably just too slick for the hot glue. Silicone would be a better option. If not silicone, you might be able to get away with putting some super glue on the back of the gem, letting it dry, and then gluing it with the hot glue. That should make the gem a little "rough" on the back to let the hot glue grab it a little better. Super glue is aquarium safe, but probably isn't thick enough to use on its own with the PVC. You might also lightly sand the PVC if the hot glue isn't sticking to it well.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #30 
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It sticks to the PVC just fine, unless I really work at peeling it off it stays put. If the gems pop off again I might try the super glue first. I'm trying again with a better gem pattern, nothing hanging over the edge, so in a couple of hours I'll know for sure.
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