Shower caddy to hold plants?

MnGuy

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Has anyone used plastic shower caddies with suction cups like these from Target (https://www.target.com/p/rectangle-...Vef7jBx33twL5EAkYByABEgLFzfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds) to hold terrestrial plants in their newt tanks?

I have a 13" high 33 long that I'm thinking of turning into a big newt tank. I was thinking of using the caddies to hold plants. My three alpine newts are basically 100% aquatic so I have no plants to create a land area. I'll just keep a few pieces of submerged driftwood/cork around for them to haul out on.

In my current 20 long, I have two bark logs that I use to hold plants, but they're falling apart and I don't think it'd be easy nor cost effective to rig a bunch of logs across the back of a 48" tank.

Thanks for the input.
 

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Wow, I like that idea! I have found though that over time, suction cups lose their suction in tanks. The constant dampness? Just so? the coldness? Not sure why. But you could then attach them to the side of the tank with strong fishing line and somehow hold it up by tying it to your top screen, or some bendable over the side hook, or something.
 

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Wow, I like that idea! I have found though that over time, suction cups lose their suction in tanks. The constant dampness? Just so? the coldness? Not sure why. But you could then attach them to the side of the tank with strong fishing line and somehow hold it up by tying it to your top screen, or some bendable over the side hook, or something.
Yeah; I've also had that problem with suction cups. None of my thermometers stay put! They all end up going for a swim around the tanks and I just let them float around in a corner.

There's a garden store near me that sells decently thick wire coated in a light green plastic that I've used to tie plant supports. I wonder if that would work. I'm a little worried about metal leaching, though.

I think it's this stuff: https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Coate...t=&hvlocphy=9060341&hvtargid=pla-743171417896
 

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I've used similar shower soap dishes with suckers to make land areas and as every one has said the suckers do have a finite service life. The best suckers I've found are Eheim brand, they can last year's if they aren't disturbed in or out of the water and are easily available on eBay etc.
Regarding the thermometer suckers mine seem to give up after about a year but our local aquarium store sells replacement ones for next to nothing so it might be worth asking next time you're at your LFS.
 

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I've used similar shower soap dishes with suckers to make land areas and as every one has said the suckers do have a finite service life. The best suckers I've found are Eheim brand, they can last year's if they aren't disturbed in or out of the water and are easily available on eBay etc.
Regarding the thermometer suckers mine seem to give up after about a year but our local aquarium store sells replacement ones for next to nothing so it might be worth asking next time you're at your LFS.
Thanks for the great info!
 
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    As long as its cleaned yeah! You can even make overhangs if you have enough pieces to make nice caves and platforms
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    Ok, thanks!
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    My pleasure! River rocks work well too, and go rather well with all kinda lung less salamanders,
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    Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :)
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    So everywhere talks about testing your water parameters but I can't find what to do it there aren't right?! Like too low not too high, anybody any ideas?
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    It’s very dry in Colorado. I make sure to spritz every night so while I’m sleeping. I have a nifty hydrometer that I got from Walmart. It tells me blue, green, red; too little humid, good, too much respectively. It’s been helpful to me.
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    It tells me temperature AND humidity.
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    Where'd you get that? Or is it just a combo from petsmart or something?
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    I’m pretty sure I got it at a Walmart.
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    I just looked it up to see if I can find it again. It’s actually a hyGROmeter and temperature. Which measures the dew point. Here is the difference between due point and humidity. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidityYou can calculate Th relative
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    the relative humidity using the dew point measurement.
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    Here is the product I purchased:
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    it has a stand. And I had a spare suction from my filter. So it’s on the wall of my Sal’s enclosure.
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    That’s a pic of it in the enclosure.
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    Nice! Also, from what I can see you have an amazing setup! What species?
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    S. S. Gigliolli
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    Ooo nice!
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    Thank you! I tried to share the video but unsuccessful. You can see it on my IG story @jnerdx
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    Cool! I just have a tiger and a long tail, who we are trying to find as he ESCAPED INTO MY ROOM!
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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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