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Hiding Plumbing Tubes
November 5, 2008
2:09 pm
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Dutch daft woman in need of some simple answers..../wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
I have been searching the forum for a way to hide plastic plumbing tubes (like from under a sink) in my 60 l. tank. I want to give my tropics a place to hide or play (hide and seek) but the ugly grey plastic is too much for my sensitive eyes. So I thought about Java Moss (http://www.seriouslyfish.com/f.....wtopic=806) but reading this made me a bit cautious ( a lot in fact), so I wonder if there is an other way to bring in a three-way tube and hide it somehow as natural as possible.
Okay, I am gonna hide now, so you can have a good laugh at me. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

November 5, 2008
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I'd give the moss a try Liz. It's really easy to grow. Failing that you could use Anubias which is another type of plant that can be grown attached to bits of decor. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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November 5, 2008
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if u have patience and time you could use sealer to glue small pebbles on the pipes - just make sure sealer is fish friendly

November 5, 2008
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I like the thought of using pebles, Malti, but that would mean that I run into the same problem I had with the glass marbles. I am allergic to glue, sealant, housepaint and stuff (copd). Thanks for thinking with me though.
Matt, the whole idea of moss and cotton makes me see carpets, now if they would only fly... /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />. But I love the idea. Reading about the moss makes me wonder if I should make regulary appointments with a (green)barber to keep the mat even. Sorry, couldn't resist the joke.

November 5, 2008
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sorry lizz forgot about it - well you could pay me a ticket to tulip land, and I'll glue the pebbles for u /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

November 5, 2008
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Just don't ket him near any coffee shops before setting him loose with the solvents Liz. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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November 5, 2008
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using silicone and gravel is the easiest and simplest way of doing what you want, so simple you could ask anyone to do it for you, so you don't have to be about while they get on with it.
simply tell them to cover the tube with silicone and roll it in some dry gravel, hey presto, done.

November 6, 2008
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QUOTE (keith565 @ Nov 6 2008, 01:19 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
using silicone and gravel is the easiest and simplest way of doing what you want, so simple you could ask anyone to do it for you, so you don't have to be about while they get on with it.
simply tell them to cover the tube with silicone and roll it in some dry gravel, hey presto, done.

there goes my trip to tulip land! /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" />

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November 6, 2008
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QUOTE (Matt @ Nov 5 2008, 11:12 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just don't ket him near any coffee shops before setting him loose with the solvents Liz. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />


Darn, there goes my idea of rolling them into weed-leafs....
/laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

November 6, 2008
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QUOTE (thelizzious @ Nov 6 2008, 02:13 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Darn, there goes my idea of rolling them into weed-leafs....
/laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

you would have some really happy fish /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

November 6, 2008
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Singing and dancing, huh?
Nope, I did something entirely different.
I tied lots of colorless cotton around the tube, which is Y shaped.
Then I tied some lose ends of superfluous oxygen plants (which grows in abundance and in meters here) around it. I soaked the tube in water in which I have added some EasyLife, I kinda hoped the water would make the whole construction heavy enough. Well, it didn't. So I had to improvise (I loved to watch McGyver when I was young....Sh..t, that gives away my age!) I burried the whole thing with lots and lots of fine yellow riversand and very fine white gravel. I dumped a few heave seashells on top of it for some extra weight. (My fry loves to hide inside those shells.) I hope that, in time, there will grow some plants on the small mountain I created. But for now it looks like the miniature of the St Gothard Tunnel where a landslide took place. (yeah, I know how dramatic that sounds, I am actually pretty good at that!) I am gonna dig my self in, awaiting your comments.....

November 6, 2008
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Sounds good /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Any chance of a photo?

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November 6, 2008
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// seconded

btw I used to watch mcgyver when I was a kid as well...so u must be around 25 then /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

November 6, 2008
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QUOTE (Eyrie @ Nov 6 2008, 09:38 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sounds good /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Any chance of a photo?


When all is settled and I can get hold of a reasonable camera, yeah, definitly.

November 6, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Nov 6 2008, 09:41 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
// seconded

btw I used to watch mcgyver when I was a kid as well...so u must be around 25 then /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />


I stopped counting birthdays when I was 25 /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
I might have some good news, my cory's are courting. Or they are telling me they want a T tube instead of a Y tube.

November 12, 2008
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Something went wrong with my DIY "plumbings". I have removed the tubes because after three days one fish after the other died. I didn't realise what was going on and wanted your opinions about this, but then the site went off line. Just when I needed some answers on "life and death" question. I could not wait so long so I removed the tube because that was the last thing I changed in the 60 l. tank. I am not certain but it could be possible that the cotton I used was colorless, but not entire chemical-free, if you understand what I mean. So far I lost one adult orange Platy, one adult Albino cory, lots of plty-fry and my male Micky is looking very poorly too, though he swims like hell when I try to catch him.
I removed the tube somewhere last night and am observing the tank closely now.
Btw, I have seen at least 20 platy fry alive and to be honest, I don't know where to go with so many fish... /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

November 13, 2008
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Try to get some fishing line Liz, it's perfectly safe to use. Sorry to hear about your losses though. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Once the paties are an inch or so long your local shop should take them.

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