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olddog
11-19-2013, 02:02 PM
What do you use for your Apisto breeding caves? I've been using flower pots upside down w/ hole cut/drilled/broken in front, but it is a pain to get hole w/o making a mess of the flower pot. Found these and they seem OK, but a bit more $ than a clay flower pot.
http://www.plecocaves.com/Cichlid-Caves


Jeff

ronv
11-19-2013, 02:15 PM
Coconut shells cut in half with a hole drilled in the side.

HN1
11-19-2013, 02:19 PM
DIY clay logs, etc. Clay from Hobby Lobby and a little time. Roughly cuts the price of them in half, but still more expensive than coconut shells.

peathenster
11-19-2013, 03:20 PM
The mud huts from Kensfish, like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYF5n6FDWgA

Adrian912
11-19-2013, 03:21 PM
If and only IF you have a dremel kit or something similar would a cutting disk be an affordable option if you prefer the flower pots. Could also rent I suppose and cut a bunch up if you have quite a few to do.

Larry Bugg
11-19-2013, 04:47 PM
If and only IF you have a dremel kit or something similar would a cutting disk be an affordable option if you prefer the flower pots. Could also rent I suppose and cut a bunch up if you have quite a few to do.

No need to get anything expensive to cut the flower pots. Just get one of these at Home Depot. Goes on a hack saw and cuts through the flower pots like they were butter.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-6-in-Carbide-Rod-Saw-Replacement-Blade-for-Cutting-Ceramic-Tile-10030/100171785#.Uovrc8TlYil

I used to use flower pots but I found these and really like them a lot. Come in assorted sizes and blend in really nice with the tank. Fairly cheap.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+6635+12162+21383&pcatid=21383

olddog
11-19-2013, 05:59 PM
No need to get anything expensive to cut the flower pots. Just get one of these at Home Depot. Goes on a hack saw and cuts through the flower pots like they were butter.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-6-in-Carbide-Rod-Saw-Replacement-Blade-for-Cutting-Ceramic-Tile-10030/100171785#.Uovrc8TlYil


:v8: LOL I went through my tool box just a couple of weeks ago and found one of those - couldn't remember what it was for and through it away !!!
Of all the things I've lost - I miss my mind the most !

Jeff

Larry Bugg
11-19-2013, 06:26 PM
:v8: LOL I went through my tool box just a couple of weeks ago and found one of those - couldn't remember what it was for and through it away !!!
Of all the things I've lost - I miss my mind the most !

Jeff

Not only does it cut through the flower pot great, because it is round, after you cut down you simply put pressure on it sideways and make the cut horizontal and then up to complete the door.

Uptown Ruler
11-19-2013, 07:06 PM
I use flowerpots and chip away a small hole at bottom using needle nose plyers...takes about 5 minutes

jhw972
11-19-2013, 08:18 PM
They had them on sale a couple of months ago. I think the boxed set was about $15 when I ordered it. I also have a few terracotta caves that look like they were molded around those small party balloons. :)

ahud
11-19-2013, 09:40 PM
I originally used the cichlid stones Bugman mentioned. Now I use those tiny terracotta pots that cost around 27 cent each at Wal-mart. I use a small wood chisel to scrape until I make a hole in the side, or use it to widen the drainage whole at the top. So far, the hole in the top has been the most popular choice. Takes me about a minute per pot to make a hole.

Panduro guarding eggs in the mentioned pot
http://i969.photobucket.com/albums/ae173/ahudmultie/photo1_zpsa42809fa.jpg (http://s969.photobucket.com/user/ahudmultie/media/photo1_zpsa42809fa.jpg.html)

Apisto Jim
11-20-2013, 09:58 AM
I use a lot of mud huts which I wrap in Java moss and secure with a rubber band. The deep ruts and rough surface gives the moss an anchor that creates an ivy covered cottage that the fry will hang from and graze on when they first become free swimming.

I also use the shallow terracotta saucers used for small flower pots. I notch out the sides of the opening using a carbide blade and then tap out the opening with a hammer. At least half my apisto spawns have been in these low caves. I often place a mud hut on top of one of these inverted saucers - the eggs are laid in the saucer and then the female moves them upstairs after they hatch.

My rule of thumb is to have at least twice as many caves as fish in a breeding tank. I've seen female do home inspections for days before deciding on that starter home.