am new to posting so bear with me. after readin some of your forum i thought you guys might enjoy something i did a few years back.some of the general info on how i did this are unclear at this point but ill be able to answer any direct questions.
i came up with the idea because after some light remodeling the fire place became a fire hazard and was unusable. also had an open flu (big hole i couldnt close).
after leveling the bottom of the fireplace out with some quick set cement(also needed for anchoring the base down) and boxing the sides and top with 1/8 inch ply, came the dissapointment on tank size.It was a small firepalce to begin with so i had to go 10 gal. then came the base and rails the base is all 3/4" plywood.The rails are 100-120LBS rated roller bearing drawer sliders.the sliders are so i can perform my maintence but still have a recessed tank.Very important if you do a set up like this "YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR BASE ANCHORED DOWN SOLID".Even with a 10g after rocks, gravel and water your looking at at least 100 lbs dangleing in the wind.
That makes the first roll away aquarium I've seen. Very clever!
thank you very much.All the materials were picked up from my local lowe's and home depot.Im just gettin it set back up it sat last year cleaned out nothing in it.I love cichlids but am thinking about goin a different direction this time.I owuld love some live plants and the the more i read up it seems its better to give cichlids more room. any tips/ideas would be great
Indeed a very innovative idea!!
A well planted tank can be a real work of living art. Lots of plants with a few shrimp and/or snails and some small peaceful fish like tetras of livebearers would look really good in your setup.
indeed it is an innovative idea... which type of fish do you have there?
atm nothing..think im gonna take fry daddy's advice and got for a planted tank and a cpl small non agressive fish.also i checkoed out google for aquatic plant rescourses but didnt find anything to conclusive.If anyone knows of a good resource i would appreciate it
you can take it from aquabid.com or some other places too.where do you live?so that it is possible to answer from where you can collect plants...
Keep in mind, large schools of smaller fish, like neon tetras, will make an aquarium look bigger.
That is cool for a fireplace you don't use.
I think it would be neat to make the tank look like "fake fire".
Big branchy-looking red/orange/yellow plants in the background for the fire. Red/orange marbles or glass rocks around the fire-plants for the glowing "coals". Fading off away from the fire-plants... along the sides of the tank the gravel looks like charcoal gray coals (gray stones/gravel). Larger natural color stones around the fake-fire - like stones around a campfire.
Now, I'm not much up on real plants... they always die on me or have disease... so I stick with plastic plants.
Here are some ideas:
http://www.gtaaquaria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11314(go down to RED SERIES)
Bright colored fish that goes with the theme.
It would look like you're watching a real fireplace with little creatures that are moving in the water, instead. Anyway, I think it would be a cool theme for your unique display. ha!
Tropica.com is a good reference site for plant info.
As mentioned Aquabid.com has some good deals on plants.
The only other on-line merchant that I've ordered plants from is <email> . They took a few weeks to ship but the plants are excellent quality and they included some extras.
Another idea - if you like the "fire" theme for a fireplace aquarium...
Get 3 driftwood logs, secure them down close to the gravel. Place some yellow/orange/red plants in between the logs for the "fire".
Use those pillar things in your tank for andirons, by the logs.
Wow... this may be the neatest fireplace! Folks can stare at fireplaces and/or aquariums for a long time and relaxes them. You'd have both good things going for you - all in one!
Very creative idea!
I have recently seen online somewhere aquarium and on top of it as a decoration was this enormous beautiful driftwood piece - it looked stunning. Pity I have not copied this pic
Also although I know what I write is nothing to do with fireplaces I have seen a Biorb tank full of artificial corals - I think it could look good as a pure decoration, although these people had some shrimp and/or snail as algae eaters.
I am thinking of having a new tank put on a glass/acrylic stand and fill it with some sort of aquarium related decoration - what do you think? or is it silly idea?
side topic -> I think that would be nice idea, Kasia. I am not knowledgeable on the bio-orbs.
If you have a glass/clear table - would you want to continue the transparent theme throughout the design into the tank? For instance, the flat glass marble/stones? Some are solid color transparent, or irridescent (sp?). (one of those links above shows a coffee table with red glass marbles)
I have a mini-tank for the babies. It is an acrylic tank. I have flat glass blue marbles on the bottom.
Then I found at the Dollar Store - some glass decorations about 3x4". They stand up and are about 1/2" thick. They are smooth on one side, but the other side is an impression of a nautical theme. I have one that is a seashell, and the other is a lighthouse. I stand them up in the marbles and lean slightly to the back wall, or corner wall, so the fish can swim behind it. They reflect the light off the glass etching. The little fishies look larger when they are behind it, like a magnifying glass. But when the light is turned on, then the light refracts into all of the different glass elements and is really cool looking.
My friend goes to Maine in the summer and finds "sea glass" - broken glass on the beach of various colors that are worn by the tides forming unusual looking rocks.
My local fish shop sells aquamarine glass in various large shapes... and looks neat in bigger tanks.
I'm sure there may be someplace to find a stunning glass piece decoration for the center of the tank.
What about those glass catfish? They are transparent. I haven't seen any for a long time though around here.
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That is cool idea for a tank, i have a fire place in my living room that would look great with a tank like that. although my wife may decide to kill me if get anymore tanks. the last time i mentioned getting another tank she sarcasticly said why don't i just seal the dinning room up and fill it with water, i kind of got her point when i realised i was day dreaming about how i could make that work
so just asking very politely - how many tanks do you have now?
running at the minute i have a 40 gallon with rams and neons, a 40 gallon with blue,red,red tail and dwarf neon rainbows and my wifes 5 gallon betta tank
i have 30 gallon and a 14 gallon in the garage that im not using. i'll be selling these 2 im time so i can convert one of my 40 gallons to marine
ooo you see - good I asked. I am about to start marine as well. small reef tank thats what I want. very small - 15g maybe.
so all are yours and only the betta is your wife's - she is an angel then your wife! but I bet you know it already!
i thought about doing a small setup but i know once i had done it id want to try something bigger and its easyer to control salinity in a larger tank, things can fluctuate fast in a small tank.
I know I heard it - marine the bigger the better. but that was true years ago nowadays so many people are successful with small marine that I want to give it a go! you know pico reefs - 3g or under - now it is exaggeration i ve been told it is just that you need to do weekly 20% water change for 15g. will try. of course there are limitations on stock selection as well.
how big will be yours then?
i will be converting one of my 40 gals, most likely my rainbow tank as i know someone with a huge rainbow tank so know they will get a good home
this is a continuation of the side topic here - Mermaid - I like your ideas on glass as decoration. I love glass and have lots of ornaments at home I must say however that I was thinking rather of e.g a resin coral as a centrepiece and some maybe other resin decorations imitating reef life - I have seen something like this recently - pricey but possible I bought few months ago a resin coral (small) but it looks really stunning and I was thinking of going that direction. But what you suggested is such a nice idea. Will think about it maybe to combine glass and artificial corals. Problem here is weight load. Regular aquarium cabinets are quite dull when it comes to their decorative part, but sturdy. I asked what is the max load for a acrylic table that I wanted to get and was told it is only 50kg So the whole thing might be tempting but not sure whether possible.
What gave me this whole idea was a tank apparently by some Italian designer that is whole glass, tank plus stand and some kind of canopy. All bent glass and beautiful. Now the best hmmm bit - it cost £1,000!!!!!! There was one off display set for half price, not much help though But it looked so awesome.
Wow that's a bit expensive! ha!
I have a coral cave (resin) that is in my big tank. Not as big as Phil's though.
I've seen numerous decorations at the retail pet stores here along the same theme. I've seen some bright colored corals that move in the water - think they are made of some type of rubbery-type product. They are soft.
That might look nice with water flow moving it, or bubbles.
Oh, think I found some examples: