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How to make a
Plastic Plant Anchor Base
     
On this web site we recommend keeping the gravel in aquariums and fish bowls at most 1/4" thick. Click here to read more about Aquarium Gravel.

Most Plastic Aquarium Plants have an anchor base that is designed to be pushed down about 1" into the gravel to anchor the plastic plant in the gravel, and this will not work well in an aquarium with only 1/4" of gravel, but Raul has a do-it-yourself project to fix this problem.

 
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Instruction for Making Shallow gravel Plastic Aquarium Plant Anchors
 
As mentioned by David D. aquarium Plans sold commercially are generally supplied with anchors designed for use in 1? to 2? gravel. These anchors are not very good looking with ?? inch gravel, and don't hold the plant well.
 
For nearly invisible anchors on ?? deep gravel I found that drinking water container bottoms works well, they are FDA approved, I would say ok for aquarium use.
 
This is what you need to do.
 
 
 
 
1.  You need one bottle per plant, if your plant is big you need a 1.5 litter bottle, smaller plants need only a 16oz bottles. Make sure the curve of the bottle bottom center is a small one, some bottles have a large one.
 
 
 
 
2.  Now use a knife or scissors to cut the bottom of the bottle at around a ?? high.
 
 
 
 
3.  You end up with something like this:
 
 
 
 
4.  Use a drill to make hole right at the center of the plastic, the drill size will depend on your plant stem size. 
 
 
 
 
5.  Now you are ready to remove your factory made plant anchor, be careful not to damage the stem. You might need a toothpick or similar to wedge against the holding teeth.
 
 
 
 
6.  Insert the plant stem in the hole you made and make sure in fits snuggly.
 
 
 
 
7.  And your set, just remove some gravel and put it over your new plastic anchor.
 
Good luck,
 
Raul E.
Tijuana, Mexico
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Raul. Wow! What a great idea and a great email with pictures and instructions. I'm going to make a couple of these for my aquarium. Thanks again, Raul.

Click here to read David D's instructions for another way to make anchor bases for plastic plants.

 
 

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Hello fish guys! This is Raul from Tijuana. Here's one more Idea for plant pots when you have only 1/4-inch gravel. Hope you like it.
 
Raul E.
Tijuana, Mexico
 
 
 
Reply. Hello again, Raul. Thank you for your email. The quality of your picture is very good! Also your aquarium looks bright and clean. Your new idea looks like the bottom of a soda container, like maybe a 12 oz. Pepsi cut about 2" from the bottom. Right? So it is less visible than a terra cotta pot. Click here to see a terra cotta pot.

I hope I got this explanation correct. Thank you for your email and picture.
 
 

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The bottle I'm using is water bottle, one of those pint size ones. I cut it about two inches from the bottom. I like the bottles that have plastic labels that only have a little adhesive. I've made a baby fry isolation container made out of a one litter bottle. I will send you pictures of it later, I want to make a new one and document the whole process.
 
Raul E.
Tijuana, Mexico
 
 
 
Reply. Thanks Raul for your quick reply. Yes choosing a bottle with the least amount of adhesive and then removing all of the remaining adhesive is important, because the water bottle is safe for human drinking, so the plastic in the bottle will be safe in an aquarium. But we are suspicious of the adhesive on the outside of the bottle.

We're looking forward to learning more about your baby fry isolation container. Thanks again.

 
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