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Falina 07-06-2007 02:33 PM

Fish graveyard
 
OK, this is a queer idea but bear with me...

I would like to turn my tank into a graveyard. I would have it heavily planted and hopefully get some dwarf hairgrass on the ground to look more realistic and have some headstoes dotted about the place which would also act as hiding places for the fish.

Now I don't suppose I can buy 2-3" headstones so I would need to make them, but what could I use? Something that would be tank friendly obviously, and hopefully look kinda like stone.

I thoguht about just using pebbles and black silicone to write on them but I don't think this would look very good. I also thoguht about carving into the pebbles but I don't know how easy this would be to do.

Any ideas appreciated.

Gump 07-06-2007 03:02 PM

I dont know about this being a queer idea but I would check into model train accessories since they have graveyard stuff used in making model cities.

fish_4_all 07-06-2007 03:08 PM

Ceramics or clay would work fine but you would have to have them fired to keep them from disintigrating. Personally I would use ceramics but that is because I have free access to a ceramic shop. For you, clay may work better because oyu can shape the pieces and then take them to a ceramic shop to be fired which should actually be inexpensive, maybe $10 to fire all of them if the ceramic shop isn't too greedy.

You could take apiece of driftwood and cut the thickness you want with a bandsaw or similar and then carve the shape you want. Bogwood and driftwood should both cut pretty easy with a handsaw if you can keep the teeth clean because of the wet wood.

Another idea would be to use plastic canvas with Rexlace. This way you could cover the canvas with the color you want and put the words in a different color. 2-4 pieces thick would make it thick enough and if oyu make a kind of tab on the bottom of the craftlace it could act as an anchor to hold it in place.

The-Wolf 07-06-2007 03:27 PM

I've seen on another forum that some one has their tank set up to mimic Tombstones boot hill, very effective even if it is odd.

Marco 07-11-2007 11:04 PM

For a minute there I thought you meant a graveyard for your dead fish :(

Falina 07-12-2007 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Marco
For a minute there I thought you meant a graveyard for your dead fish :(

I have one of those as well at my mum's house (I live in a flat), althoguh no headstones. They rest with 2 hamsters, 2 dogs and a lot of puppies (mum breeds Yorkshire Terriers and obviously you loose some).

Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'll try your ideas and se ehow I get on.

fish_4_all 07-12-2007 06:44 PM

It would be cool to build like a Fin Hill instead of Boot Hill using a cave with some tunnels inside. To see the fish come in and out of the cave would be kinda cool and would definately be a conversation piece.

Falina 07-12-2007 07:01 PM

Boot hill?

fish_4_all 07-12-2007 08:58 PM

Sorry, is a reference to the old West in the United States. They would have old cemetery hills that were covered in the boots of all the ones buried there. Kind of like their own tombstones. Is from the early 1800's if I remember right.

leifthebunny 07-12-2007 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fish_4_all
Sorry, is a reference to the old West in the United States. They would have old cemetery hills that were covered in the boots of all the ones buried there. Kind of like their own tombstones. Is from the early 1800's if I remember right.

It took place through most of the 19th century and I think was more prevalent during the wild west years following the Civil War (1861-5).


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