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Old 05-01-2010, 11:56 AM   #1 
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Home made Cave More pics to come too!!

Alright so this idea came from a previous poster and i decided to continue the idea...sadly if i remember correctly his structure fell apart due to being made of hot glue..well mine is made of 100% authentic ocean shells and aquarium silicon. I srayed the shells down with piping hot water to remove the beach sand and then I boiled them for 15 minutes before putting them together. I am currently waiting for it to cure before I can put it in my new tank..I got a ten gallon and a new fish to put into there sadly Nikki died while i was away on leave my house sitter told me when she "saw" him he was already dead...oh well..i haven't named the new guy and I will post pics later today when I put him in his tank its been cycling for a while and today will be ready..although i can't put his cave in there until tomorrow morning..so I will update some pics of the new guy when i put him in there today and then more pics of the cave in the tank...well here are the pics of the cave while its sitting there waiting to cure.

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Old 05-01-2010, 12:22 PM   #2 
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Cool cave!!!!!

"But real shells shouldn't go in betta tanks; they're calcium carbonate that will leach into the water and increase the hardness and pH, and bettas are softwater fish"
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:32 PM   #3 
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Love it! But yeah, as Doggyhog mentioned, seashells can really mess up your water. It`s a shame, that`s a really nice cave.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:33 PM   #4 
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yes i heard that and im just going to watch it for a while..if it starts to creep up there i got some tricks for just keeping it down..water levels aren't hard to maintain..
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:48 PM   #5 
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That's an awesome cave.

Keep an eye on the sharp edges as well. Those shells look pretty sharp, even if they don't have jagged edges. They will probably rip yours bettas' fins, so keep an eye on that.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:49 PM   #6 
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i sanded the edges before glueing them or they were already rounded off..i make sure my betta's are taken care off to the best of my ability. i went an extra mile for this cave lol
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cool cave!
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:07 PM   #8 
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Very nice cave!! Just watch out for that hole in the left side! :) Can't wait to see it in your tank!
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:49 PM   #9 
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Here is the tank without the cave obviously(it'll be there tomorrow and ill show pics) and the new betta Neptune and the new Placo for him.

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^^Checking out his new buddy^^

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^^Playing hide and seek^^
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:45 AM   #10 
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Ok here is the last update for now of the new tank with the cave now in it!!! I think it looks killer! Here are the pics:

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