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I've been looking online for some geeky additions to my tank, but many are quite expensive.

I'm no sculptor, but I've been thinking of using bake at home clay, acrylic paint, and a sealant over the top of it all to make my own ornaments, that would be cheaper, and fish safe. For example, a Tardis would cost about $40-$50 including shipping for a rather small one. The clay would be less, and the paints could be used in other projects. And I want my fish to be able to swim in and out of it.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? Good idea, bad idea, meh idea?

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OFL replied the topic: DIY Ornaments

I'm not sure that you will find many members who put these type of things in their aquarium, most of the people on here like an authentic looking aquarium, i.e. rocks, wood, plants etc, something that makes the aquarium look natural. But hey, that doesn't mean it's wrong to put these things in your aquarium, if that's what you like then nobody should really comment on it.

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't like to put myself in a position where I am advising you on what is safe and what isn't, especially if you are making these things yourself. The best advice I can give you is to make sure that what ever you use is safe to use, don't take our advice, make sure that it's written down somewhere that any paint or material you use is not going to have a detrimental effect on the chemistry of your water.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: DIY Ornaments

Just my 2 cents.. I like tanks to look as natural as possible, and I believe the fish like it better too. Cant prove that of course, but just my opinion. Rocks and driftwood, couple plastic plants if they can withstand fish beating on them.


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Rogue_Violetta replied the topic: DIY Ornaments

I wouldn't put anything in the tank that I wasn't sure was safe- I recently removed a terracotta piece because it was growing something I couldn't identify, and one of my fish was acting a bit ill. She picked up after its removal, and I've been trying to get a sample under one of my microscopes.

As my husband says about fish tanks- "If in doubt, take it out".

My thoughts were using the type of clear sealant my husband's uncle swears by, he puts it on rocks, and anything he buys from stores. Once it's on, nothing gets through either way. I was also thinking of making some cave like hidey spots, not cichlid stones, but more caves. The sealant would be like eurythane (sp?), which handles water well, apparently. (According to my husband)

I just thought it might be a more interesting way of decorating a tank, with a more personal touch. I personally love making things. I used the Tardis as an example, because the fish tank ornaments are quite expensive for Doctor Who. And I get the feeling my fish would prefer a hidey place that isn't a bright white pipe piece. ;)

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Oscarina replied the topic: DIY Ornaments

www.avesstudio.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&product_id=28&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1

this stuff is used to make professional tank ornaments, coral reefs etc as well as sealing things and taxidermy and art dolls. it comes in colors premixed and aquarium safe, let the piece cure for about two days and rinse it off, let it sit in a bucket of water for a day or so if you want. i had a figurine in a betta tank for over a year with no ill effects. but betta are not as mouthy as oscars can be, I havent personally noticed fish caring one way or another what decoration is in their tank.
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Thank you for that! There's also a supplier here, maybe a couple of hours away, but at least it's in the same state, lol.

Either way, it'll come in handy for some other projects I have in mind. :)

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Volkmania replied the topic: DIY Ornaments

Not sure if you're still looking for other geek ideas or not. My wife and I were tossing around the idea of making aquarium decor out of legos. I've pulled research from multiple sources and everything I have seen says it is aquarium safe. Right now, there is the possibility of making a Minecraft world made of legos for one tank.

Another tank idea I have had since the first day came out was a Bioshock themed tank. I want a giant sculpture of a Big Daddy (think monster SCUBA diver with a giant gun for those who do not know) as the focal point with an awesome backdrop of Rapture (the underworld city in the game).
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