Aquarium decorations are ridiculously expensive. In this Instructable, I use hydraulic cement and some scraps of aquarium gravel to make a base and turn a cheap-o aquarium plant into a better plant that would cost a lot more at the store.
Step 1: Collect Supplies
- 1 cheap-o aquarium plant
- a few handfuls of aquarium gravel (optional)
- hydraulic cement
- a small tub to mix cement in
- latex gloves
- plastic wrap to protect your work surface
- The plant in this Instructable was $1.99 plus tax. (I also got a pack of four large and small plants for $10.99, which I used for a couple of larger arrangements.)
- The gravel was free in my case because I have lots on hand.
- Where I live you can get a whole 20lb container of hydraulic cement for $12.00. I used about a pound for this project, so $0.60 worth of cement.
- I used a recycled tub to mix cement in, so it was free in this case.
- Where I live a box of 100 latex gloves costs $8.00 at the hardware store, so I used $0.16 worth of gloves.
- The cost of the plastic wrap is negligible in this case.
WARNING: DO NOT RINSE HYDRAULIC CEMENT DOWN THE DRAIN! Even just small amounts will collect down there and harden a little bit at a time until the plumbing is completely ruined.
- To protect my plumbing, I use disposable gloves to work with the cement. If I get any of it on my skin, I wipe off all that I can using a paper towel. Then, I wait for whatever is left on my hands to dry completely and brush off all that I can remove that way. Finally after I've removed every bit that is possible, I wash my hands in a utility sink with a deep trap so if it ever does collect in there, replacing the pipe will not be too difficult or expensive.