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Realistic Breeding Grass

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All aquarists have seen that hokey looking breeding grass for a dollar at walmart. It comes in an un-natural looking square, and is pretty much an eyesore. I got tired of having it out of my tank, so i decided i would do something with it.
 
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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You will need:
1x Tube Aquarium-Safe Silicon
1x Hokey looking breeding grass
1x Large peice of slate
4x Small peices of slate (optional)

Tools:
2x hands

Time:
<15 minutes

Cost:
Assuming you have none of the materials:
$6 Silicon
$1 Breeding grass
$5 2lbs slate

$12

Difficulty:
Mindnumbingly Easy

Step 2: Disassembling

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Remove all of the clumps of the grass from the square frame. Grab near the bottom of the clump, grasp firmly, and pull the clump off over the barb. If you got the same brand that i did, you will have 16 individual clumps.

Step 3: Silicon

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Apply a small dab of aquarium-safe silicon to the bottom of each clump and place them on your slate

Step 4: Arange

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Arange the clumps how you please on your slate.

IMPORTANT! Make sure both your slate and your clumps are dry, and dust free, or your silicon will not adhere properly.

Step 5: Fin!

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When you decide you are done, let your silicon dry/cure for 24 hours before putting it in your tank. If you have alot of excess silicon showing, you can sprinkle sand over the beads. I didnt have a whole lot of excess, so i didnt bother to.
AmyLuthien4 years ago
I've found a hot glue gun works well for this also, and you don't have to wait for the silicon to cure ;)
Yeah but you dont know if that glue is toxic(i think it is)....
Stick with the aquarium silicone, its safer...and be honest, one or two days wont make that much diference..

It's not toxic, I've used hot glue in aquariums for many, MANY years. Never have lost a fish because of it..
Thanks, whe are allways learning :)

Even thu i dont think that its a good option since by the comments i read it can break in water...

Ill stick with silicone.

thanks
Oh and here, I found this information too: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=48454

You can find more information here: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Is+hot+glue+toxic%3F
cotton6 years ago
are the plants real?
No.
oi6 years ago
I cannot find this grass anywhere. If I could find it for $1 I would build 50 of these.
You can get it at walmart.
thats what it says but not for $1.
The least I ever found them four was 5$.
You can find a huge patch at the craft store michaels for like $8 and if you watch the papers there are always 50% off regular priced item coupons. I still haven't bought them yet though
survivor5696 years ago
this is a nice idea i might try it, it would be good if we could see them inside your tank? got any photos?