I tried to buy my boy Gallifrey a little plastic/ceramic "lantern" from Petsmart to hide in but it clouded up the water terribly, he didn't seem to like it much, and some tears that had been in his fins seemed to get bigger after adding it. Although I'm not sure it was tearing his fins after only a day (I think something else was the cause), I took it out just to be safe.
Afterwards I did a 50% water change and one of his taller silk plants lopped over and created a little archway. He keeps swimming through it and hiding in it. I was considering leaving one plant like that and buying another since the back-top of the tank looks pretty plain without the 'fallen' plant floating in it, but then I got to wondering... Could I weave some plants together to make a little "plant-cave" for him to hide in?
but also most expensive thing to do would be to just buy a bunch of silk aquarium plants from petco/petsmart and weave/tangle them together to form a little cave or tunnel. However, I'd rather have something sturdier that ends up being cheaper to make.
One idea I had was to buy some soft wire that I could use to make a base cave/tunnel shape, but it would have to be wire that wouldn't rust! Then I could use some misc. silk plants from garden ridge or walmart to weave a pretty little cave.
That idea has two problems, though... 1) Will the wire rust? Would it harm the fish tank? and 2) Would silk plants that weren't specifically aquarium plants harm the tank? Could I make them safe by cleansing them with very HOT water?
If my idea won't work, does anyone else have any other suggestions? Things I could use to craft a base for the cave/tunnel or a cheaper way of getting the plants?