I found some OLD red bricks and they were very dirty, had some type of oil or something soaked into the. Not safe for the tank I felt. I looked at NEW red bricks and figured that would be way too much red in there as the background is already red/blue "brickwork". I went with plain bricks on the black sand as I want the fish to be the most colorful things in there.Aquanist said:....The brick wall would actually work nicely if you could get your hands on some OLD (or old looking) red brick. Replace the white bricks with red ones and also beat the red ones with a hammer a bit. Just to get some cracks appear, some bricks to smaller uneven pieces etc.. Sorta going for a flooded-derelict-industrial-site-from-1895 or something. But that's just my view. ....
Thanks Toby. I spent alot of time smoothing over the edges and the inside if the holes with a grinder and dremel tool. They were very sharp and hazardous to the fish. I thought broken bricks would be too sharp, and if I smoothed the broken parts out, that would look funny. But maybe I'll try it...Toby_H said:It doesnâ€™t look natural, but your not going for a natural look so that worksâ€¦
I really like the conceptâ€¦
I agree the bricks look a little too newâ€¦ if you have access to a way to sand blast them you could add some wear that wayâ€¦ maybe break a brick or two as wellâ€¦
Personallyâ€¦ I think it is really coolâ€¦
Kinda contradictive here no? The background is VERY unnatural looking. Thanks for the compliment on the fish!Gibbs said:I love your fish, they are very nice.
But i like it when they are surrounded by as close to their natural habitat as possible, that would make your fish look even better.
The background is cool, i like that
They will likely all be going into a 150 (soon?). Thanks for the compliment!Cich of it all said:I think it very original and cool looking. Something about all those perfect circles is pleasing to the eye. Good job. IMO no tank is completely natural looking anyway, so to have one that is intentionally unnatural doesn't seem out of place to me.
I bet a big tank with even more of those "holey" bricks would make a perfect Mbuna tank!
One thing tough, and sorry if I'm dispensing more info than you want, but that seems like a LOT of somewhat large fish for a 55. Carry that same layout over to a 125 and you'd have an awesome tank.
I may try that. Like my sig says, the contents of my tanks are fluid (always changing). That includes how I pile the bricks. It'll probably change a bit every w/c.mikesl said:...If you want to embrace the non-naturalness, you could arrange them like a modern sculpture or something... in a very starkly geometric stack for example. ....
I have some CHROME looking plastic plants I bought from my LFS. They are bright silver and really stand out. Something like that might look cool.bentcountershaft said:I think if you're going to go that far away from a natural looking set up, you should go all the way and get rid of the plants. I'm trying to think of some kind of fabric or something you could use that would offer a similar type cover without it resembling a plant. I know I'm not explaining myself very well, sorry. I'll keep thinking about it though and maybe an idea will sprout.