Sunday, July 5, 2009

DIY Aquarium Plant Rock Base

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

How To:
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.]


Cokoy said...

wow. simple yet so effective. Looks freaking cool too. :)

Oh, nice sticker in the background of the last shot. :D

Ladyaero said...

Very cool- just yesterday I was lamenting the fact that Stripey likes to pull up his plants all the time and the plastic bottoms on the little plants can't keep them down. I'll pull out some rocks (Danny chose blue rocks, so I'll use some from the tank) and let them dry, then glue them on tomorrow!

Fe said...

@Cokoy Thanks. :-) Yeah, the piggy wanted to be in the shot. ;-)

@Ladyaero Perfect timing then. :-) Let me know how it goes. Oh, and I mentioned this in the post, but I'll mention it again. Be careful with the hot glue. My fingers are still really sensitive from burning them during the weekend. (It was caused by another hot glue gun project -- soon to come, but the advice is still sound).

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