I am a 4th generation fish keeper (my great grandmother kept white clouds in the 1920's) I know the challenges that can come with trying to get fish to breed and feel safe in their tank habitat. My caves are designed around particular fish or plants needs, as well as the keeper's desire to have tanks that look aesthetically pleasing. I love doing custom work, as well as keeping some standard items, such as small cichlid and pleco caves in stock, ready to go. I look forward to working with breeders on new challenging fish and designing for their needs.
Pseudacanthicus aka Cactus Cats
When the art center was emailed by someone seeking to build him some large fish caves, the studio manager knew exactly who to send him to. Working together with him was a challenging, taking lots of measurements and coming up with some unique ways of building caves over 18 inches in length and multiple diameters. Texture was also important and selecting the right clay and working on compressing and smoothing the clay to their specifications. These caves, because of their size, changing dimensions, and specific needs, were a challenging delight to make.
Crenicichla aka Dwarf Pike Cichlids
From a happy customer: The "Dwarf Pike" cave was an immediate hit! They excavate the opening only big enough to enter, then they block it as needed.
Female tending newly hatched fry in the 2" diameter cave you made.
I admit I have a soft spot for the smaller cichlids, from Apistos to Pevlichromis to Julis to my honest favorite, Dicrossus and love making caves to suit their small nature. This cave measures about 4.5 inches across and the opening is easily modified for specific fish. Available with and without glaze, depending on the fish's preferences. All glaze is food safe, as well as microwave and dishwasher safe, in a variety of colors and designs.
One of the fish I regularly breed are all sorts of Ancistrus plecos and having enough caves at time became such a challenge, I started making them for myself. While the unglazed caves worked fine, I like creating caves that have some color and textures to create added interest in my tank layouts.