Thanks. The whole thing actually got started when I saw a mystery snail I had bought a couple weeks earlier stick out its siphon to take a breath. I had no idea what was going on and it completely blew my mind. It seemed so weird to me I felt like I was Ripley in the movie alien. The snail seemed that weird to me. Snails + aliens = snaliens, so I started thinking about a sci-fi tank and it kind of went from there.
I really needed about $100 more to make it they way I envisioned. A dremel would have been a big help. I had to make all my cuts with a crappy big old wood hand saw from work. Precision was lacking to say the least. I also wanted to get some more decorations, in particular make a samus miniature from eldar warhammer 40k miniatures, this awesome pile of bodies (see below) as some victims, and some shipping containers marked with "SR388" and the biohazard symbol, with one being broken open (allowing the dangerous organisms to escape, leading to the deaths of the scientific staff and infestation of alien snails, axolotls, guppies, and shrimp).
I use sculpey clay. I bought it at a craft store called "michaels" (the very one the dc sniper shot someone at, fun trivia). You can see some of the figures I've made in the other tank threads "prepare for some doom" and "bowser's casle".
I hope nobody minds me bumping an old thread, but I just wanted to say that I saw this back when I was lurking, and I love the Metroid tank.
I'd love something like that and I think it was the first tank that showed me that having no gravel could look good, something I'd worried about for some time.
I'm afraid I'm nowhere near as artistic and the best I've come up with is a couple of soil-pipe cutoffs, but the Axys seem to like them. They used to have loads of weird pipe fittings/joints from when I was a labourer that I'd swap out every now and again to make interesting tunnels, but my mum gave them to the builders that did out the bathroom, even though all our work was above ground and the bits ended up in a skip.
Anyway, congratulations on having such a great tank.
I see it mentioned elsewhere in the search results and I'm interested how it worked out, so when I've got a minute I'll browse some more, but I'll try not to bump too many old threads, I promise.
Hi does anyone know if jungle fungus clear is safe to use for my axolotl? She has some either fungus or bacterial growth on her fillibrae and maybe body and I read that's good to use if you aren't sure if the problem is bacterial or fungal
Hi Delaney. Can you be more specific? There are lots of reasons for cloudy water, such as substrate getting kicked up, water hardness, etc. if you don’t have hard water and it doesn’t settle then I’d do a water change and see if that helps.