08-31-2012, 12:14 AM
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Okay so here's one: I keep trying to think of a way to execute a tank for wild betta species, sparkling gouramis, or killies. I envision it as a cutaway section of marsh. I want to use one of those rimless tanks, like a 17.4 gallon, in which I plant miniature papyrus right on the tank bottom. The tank operates while only half to three- quarters filled with water, and the papyrus grow out the top and are illuminated by a suspended halogen pendant. I feel that this tank would need to be drilled and the small overflow would be positioned centrally to conceal its presence. There would be a ten gallon sump below where heater,filter and return pump could be stashed, but the concept is to make it look "transparent" and as though there is no equipment. The fish aren't that unusual, it's just a presentational gimmick, however natural-looking, that is in part inspired by linear Asian floral design principles, in part by the deplorable (but visually effective) use of bettas as table decorations in which they are combined with botanicals and cut foliage in shallow glassware, BUT without short-changing the resident fish for lack of care essentials.
So now, go crazy! Tell me why it won't work, or better yet, somebody actually hatch this brain child, take pictures and win an upcoming photography contest!
Last edited by sidluckman; 08-31-2012 at 12:17 AM..