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Plant Pots *PIC*

Posted By: Mr Leadfoot <leadfoot@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Friday, 13 September 2002, at 1:11 p.m.

I've been wanting to put some plants above the substrate in some kind of pot in a tank with a UGF. I originally placed them in a plastic pot made out of some cut-up tupperware, and buried them in the gravel, but I don't like having a potential dead spot in the UGF. Plus, it's a PITA to remove the pots from the gravel bed and clean the area every so often.

I recently saw some pots made of lava rock in a catalog. I was tempted, but the only problem was that the rock was lava, and I already have two corys with no barbels left due to some lava rocks I previously had, and I'm not about to chance my clowns losing their barbels, too.

So, I decided to experiment. I broke up some slate into pieces ranging from 1/8" to 1/2" and used silicone to stick them to a square plastic container. Now I have "slate" pot that I set in a UGF tank on top of the gravel. Now, I can just move it every so often for variety, as well as to let the gravel "breathe", and cleaning is easy as pie. Here's a pic of the first rendition. Typically, I place my plants behind things, so since you can't see the entire pot, what you do see of the pot is the slate, which of course looks pretty natural. I moved the log that's normally in front of this plant for the picture.

I'm going to try and use different shaped plastic for the next one, and if I feel ambitious, I might even be able to heat up some plastic, and shape it more "naturally". I'm thinking if I can make irregular shaped curvy pots, I'll be able to plant in front of things, too.

Just thought I'd share,

P.S. I SUCK as a tank photographer. It took me 45 minutes to get this shot, and it's still doesn't give you a good look at the slate pieces. Any tips on using a digital camera for tank shots would be appreciated. Nikon CoolPix 885.

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