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Coconut caves.

Postby Pamelajo on Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:41 pm

Was looking for something for my corys to hide in and something the snails would not get stuck in. Something more enclosed than a clay pot. Anyway came across this idea.
Cut a coconut in half with a saw.
Remove all meat, we baked ours on low to dry the meat a little so it came out easier.
It cracked a little and we used pliers to break a door out.
I boiled it three times for about 1/2 hr each til it stopped leaking colour.
The snails hang upside down in them all the time.
The canas can move it if so they can't get stuck. They constantly rearrange it.
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Postby demented_lullaby on Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:56 am

I made one of these myself a few weeks ago, my african dwarf frogs love it ^^
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Postby fishfreaks on Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:01 am

We made coconut caves a while back and my snail loves it also, you always see him hanging upside down under it! :D
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Postby firefly on Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:24 am

I'll have to try this one of these days! Do snails like to eat coconut? Or, any good people coconut recipies? I don't want to waste all the coconut I take out of the shell, LOL.

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Postby Pamelajo on Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:57 pm

I ate mine, did not think about giving it to them. You could leave some in and see.
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Postby Rog on Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:18 am

I have lost count on how many times I have boiled mine and they still have leave the water brown. UGH. Shannon
No really hon, that isn't another box of snails. REALLY LOL
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Postby Pamelajo on Mon Dec 19, 2005 5:55 pm

I did not have any problems with mine. I wonder if there or different kinds. Maybe it depends on how fresh/old they are. I know not much help I am.
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Postby Melody on Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:26 pm

They can leach phosphates into the water which is great for plants but also feeds algae. They can also rot so keep an eye on them. The tannins shouldn't be too bad in them if they're soaked, certainly not as bad as driftwood... very odd.

I love the look of them though - I'm into the natural look.... or as natural as a coconut can be on the bottom of a fish habitat anyway...

Oh you know what I mean :lol: .
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Postby mk1102 on Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:29 am

Just saw this and had to add another crazy idea to the coconut cave. I gave mine away to a friend so no pics right now. I added some of the blue glass beads (most people have these they are half ball shaped you see them alot with the evil beta vases) to mine for eyes. And then added a nice little turf of hair made from java moss attached with fishing line till it took hold. the cut out looks like the nose of course. Now I want one and I do not have any java moss right now. GRRRR :angry:
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Postby Pamelajo on Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:50 am

Ahh shucks I would have liked to see a pic of them.
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Postby Lady_Dodecagon on Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:53 pm

I would lift it up daily to ensure that the water underneath it doesn't go stagnant. Sounds really great tho! I love the idea of one with eyes and hair. Too cute!
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