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James Purchase wrote:
"......Canadian Tire (an aquarist's best source for off beat solutions to
Like many others I'm sure, I would love to hear some examples of your "off
beat solutions". Canadian Tire is a great place, in fact I was in there
today buying a small bag of potting soil to try my first soil substrate
tank. It's a lovely 9 gallon cube tank. I was actually just fiddling
around with my bits of cork bark to see if I could make a "mountain" to go
in the centre of the tank. I think I'll take myself back to Canadian Tire
and buy some of those dark brown fibre pots.
I have also used the dark brown (untreated) cork tiles as rear walls. I
have them in two of my tanks. I used a combination of ladies hairnets and
cut down hairpins to secure moss, so as to create a moss wall. I have
recently started a java moss wall in one tank and a "Kwek Leong" moss wall
in another tank. Needless to say, the latter is much nicer!
Last week saw my first attempt at making coconut shell caves. After I had
taken the fruit out, I decided to boil the shells, to rid them of any
lingering nasties. The water was dark purpley-brown afterwards. Cutting
the holes was a bit of a challenge. But I found some sort of heavy duty
ceramic tile cutter in my husband's tool box. I didn't have the benefit of
a dremmel, so I filed the rough edges down with a metal file. I then
covered them with java moss and popped a hairnet overtop. Haven't seen my
clown loaches since!
Apart from the marvellous technical advice that is always available on this
list, I think the "off beat" solutions using everyday items is invaluable,
I love to hear peoples anecdotal tips about what to do with hairnets, old
corn plasters and the like.
JC in Calgary