Sunday, July 5, 2009
Those little plastic trays that come with aquarium plants never seem to work great. I was thinking about this the other day, and decided that it would be a good time to try out a DIY aquarium project. It also seemed to be a good time to keep a promise to a friend to try doing a craft project for the fishies. :-) The idea came to me when I was walking around PetSmart and saw how simple the whole thing looked to be and the price difference it seemed between the rock base plants and the non-rock base plants, for the small plant with a rock base was nearly twice as much. So, here's how I did it.
1. Plastic Aquarium Plant
2. Hot Glue Gun (or aquarium acrylic glue - these should be aquarium safe)
3. Aquarium Rocks
1. First remove the bottom plastic tray
2. Tape up the "roots" so it doesn't get in the way and doesn't get glued down.
3. Start by gluing the bottom tip of the plant and then drop into the rocks. You'll want to repeat this til you reach the desired base size. I added rocks to the base til I reached about 1.5" in diameter. While the glue is drying you should be able to sorta squeeze the rocks together for a tighter clump. Please be extra careful tho as the glue is quite hot.
4. Let it dry for about an hour before actually putting it in the aquarium (longer if you used the acrylic glue). It should be ready to go. I dropped it into the corner of my aquarium and it worked great. It would have matched the gravel of my aquarium much better if I had just grabbed a handful from my aquarium, but I didn't feel like it.
Anyway, hope you enjoy this simple DIY for an Aquarium plant rock base. [LadyAero - I hope this might be a project that would work for Stripey.]