03-19-2008, 01:07 PM
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Don't be afraid to use bright neon colors. Sure it can look tacky but if you go with really well made coral and natural looking anenome, plants and such you can really set up a very nice looking tank. Make sure to get quality plants/ornaments though so you can clean them and nt worry about them breaking down.
As for the fish, there is a display tank in Olympia I saw a couple years ago that was off the wall rocking bright with color. Neons, flourescents, and a ton of color including the rocks in the tank. The background was even a psychadelic coloration. The fish in the tank were actually the brightest colored fish I had seen in a while. They were raised in the tank with all the colors and they were extrememly happy. While I expect that there was an unexplained death or two in the 12 years it had been up the owner of the tank said that he never had to worry about the fish and they were never ill. Only fish he tried to put in there that were not raised in the color scheme seemed to have an problems. The tank also had true black light over it which made half the tank litterally glow. The fish didn't mind and actually played around the brighter plants when the blacklight was on.
And yes, it was freshwater tank with neons, black phantoms, cories, some other tetras and other fish I don't remember.
Fish can adapt to just about anything if you do it right. After all, they adapt to actually letting us come up to the tank and not freaking out like we are going to eat them so why not bright colors? In nature they would be gone in a flash.
Ceramics huh. Make sure to use good quality acrylic paint if oyu are gonna try to paint with them. I have yet to find any of them actually that will stand up to time under water. I know it is hard to get good bright colors in fired glazes but you will be much happier using them instead of acrylics.