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Slate caves

Post by rich1988oxford » Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:27 pm

I was just wondering if anyone knows where i can get some pre built slate caves from. I would also like to have a go at building a couple of my own as i have all the tools required. Could anyone tell me the best dimensions for a zeb cave to be.
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Post by smithrc » Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:39 am

Once our fry move out - I'll be measuring ours to make more...

I'll take a guess at the rough size. (internal dimentions)

100mmx35mmx20mm
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Post by Lucy » Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:15 am

There's one on ebay at the moment, or contact pleco aquatics (marcus) on this site - he has some.
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Post by smithrc » Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:36 pm

If you looking to buy - let me know - I sell mine for £5 a pop with £2 P&P...

just a tad cheaper that the ones on ebay ;)

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Post by TomSharland » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:06 pm

My Caves In Action

These are the caves I make, a number of local breeders of L333's and L046 use them with great success, my L333's seem to like them too (theres always 1 male fanning eggs)

£5 a pop, postage is dependant on weight. 1 zeb cave and packaging is ~800grams, if you go to Royalmail.com you can check out different postage options and prices.

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Post by dave » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:24 pm

I use Toms caves, had 80+ fry of L46 since December 2005.

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Post by smithrc » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:32 pm

Tom, do they come with a guarenteed number of spawns per cave? :D

Like the rounded edges to them...

I still like my thinner less chunky ones though (so do our plecs ;))
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Post by TomSharland » Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:10 am

I can quote my own experience -

8 L333's (4M/4F)
7 caves
1 year and over 500 fry

Currently 3 males in caves guarding them fiercly (the other male has taken a proper beating trying to nab a cave from the boss) 4 females all fit to pop and frantically trying to find a suiter. Soon to be 3 males fanning 150 - 200 eggs!

As one of my friends said "that tank is a hot bed of sexual activity, like Amsterdam" Fish [not suitable for children] - it'll never catch on (yet if your even slighlty interested in fish, if you come round my house I'll guarentee you'll be transfixed by the flapping of L333 tails :shock: :oops: :D )
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Post by smithrc » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:08 am

good greif man!

Thats one good group you've got there!
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Post by Jenny » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:15 pm

I would like some more caves, but can anybody tell me how I can stop the clown loaches using them to sleep in :lol:

Everytime I add another cave there is a battle between the plecos and the clown loaches and the clown loaches always win.

I have lost one clown loach because the pleco attempted to get in when he was in there and wedged himself half in.

Any ideas??

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Post by smithrc » Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:14 am

I know what you mean...
My parents have 2 clowns... and they moved into their bristle nose caves...
not for long though...

but its a different in our tank.. I've not had breeding caves in with clowns until recently.. we have 5 caves...
thankfully there is only one with clowns in..

it happens to be this one...

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Post by Jenny » Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:38 pm

Lovely photo Smithrc, at least there is room for both of them :lol:

Your caves look quite roomy inside - looks like they would be large enough for other species of pleco. I could do with about five for two of the tanks as I currently have an L014 and an L199 sharing a cave which isn't ideal.

Are you likely to have some available in a few weeks?

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Post by smithrc » Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:35 am

the caves in the piccy are for out big starlight bristle noses.

the little plec does like them though (even though there are smaller ones in there for them!)
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