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09-23-2013, 04:26 PM #1
Planning stages of 30 gallon baseball themed aquarium
So my buddy knows I've been into aquariums past 2 years and he and his wife want me to design a small tank for their 2 year old in a baseball theme. Wanted to share my ideas and ask for advice in this thread as it relates to fish selection, plant selection, and aquascape! I have posted a thread before (her: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...951&highlight=) but the title was misleading since I've upgraded to 30 gallon. Thanks for looking!
Inspiration: The family is into baseball and she being from Chicago, wants the design to look like Wrigley. So far, I found a plastic Wrigley scoreboard and purchased two McFarlane 6" action figures for the decoration. The "scene" will be Sosa batting and Halladay pitching. I am looking for a background that will give tank depth so was thinking I can add plants in the back to resemble the ivy (probably moneywort rather than a moss wall) and have a picture of the bleachers for the back. I was thinking the fish can be a school of cardinals (like the cubs colors - blue and red) and school of candycane/peppermint tetras since they are red and white. I have 2 emperor tetras in my discus tank that I would like to rehome to this tank and they could be umpires. I would add another 1 or 2 to increase the school.
Tank - 30 gallon (36.3" x 12.7" x 16.8")
Lighting - Marineland Doublebright LED 36"
Substrate - brown play sand, maybe green gravel to replicate a field
I am attaching a picture of what the tank looks like with 2 figures (Halladay coming in mail so I used another for now) with proposed background idea looking down 3rd line base.
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09-23-2013, 04:32 PM #2
Tastes aside, this sounds like a pretty bare tank. All tetras I can think of will do a lot better if there's some cover in the tank. Not having that can easily lead to stress and then problems like ich aren't that far away.
Another practical issue, are you sure those figures and things are tank safe?
09-23-2013, 04:51 PM #3
Talldutchie! I remember you helping with my tank! I could use some more advice on filling up the tank.
I have the figures in water now to test. I know the resin is fish safe and I assume since the toys are safe for kids, the paints will likely be safe too.
I am thinking stem plant like moneywort planted closely in the background. Could do some floating plants like water sprite or water lettuce for some cover. I could line the sides with another mid ground plant? With the LED, I'm not sure how well a carpet will grow. I could possible put them in a 20 gallon tank that I have with a T5 but since they are not experienced, tank will not have CO2, and I live far away, I question how likely it is the carpet will grow like a field.Check out my 55 Gallon, planted, Philly themed community tank! Rummynose and Cardinals, dwarf cichlids, plecos, shrimps
09-23-2013, 05:06 PM #4
maybe java moss for substrate for the green, rather than gravel?
I'm also thinking for persepctive/background, have the pitcher/batter/catcher go corner to corner, rather than side to side. If you put the batter/catcher to a back corner, you can use a background that shows behind the plate, rather than full bleachers/people - which will be less busy and darker so the fish stand out better and the dark will be more comfortable for them.
Last edited by sheamurai; 09-23-2013 at 05:15 PM.
09-23-2013, 05:08 PM #5
09-23-2013, 06:39 PM #6
Java moss isn't that demanding. I've grown it in my 70 liter under and old t8.
Another idea is a riccia carpet but that might be too high maintenance.
If there's no bottom dwellers.. anything*artificial grass available that's safe?
09-23-2013, 08:02 PM #7
0Check out my 55 Gallon, planted, Philly themed community tank! Rummynose and Cardinals, dwarf cichlids, plecos, shrimps
09-23-2013, 08:10 PM #8Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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And, there are those of us (including myself) who keep cories with a gravel bottom as long as it's smooth pieces.
09-23-2013, 08:50 PM #9
09-24-2013, 09:25 AM #10
You can keep healthy cories on rounded gravel but the little guys do seem to enjoy sand so much more. Not having them and just 2 shoals would simplify matters though.
Hmm.... my lack of baseball knowledge isn't helping. The pennyworth or something at the back would definitely help. Are all the stadiums open air?