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  1. Default Another question from the undead!

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    I've acquired a 55 gallon tank that someone was getting rid of and originally intended to use it as a faux reptile tank containing a predatory herd of papo velociraptors. But now I find myself inspired to make this a Wonderland themed aquascape that I will eventually turn into a female betta sorority to go along with the 20 gallon tank that I'm currently cycling so I can put a male betta in it(the betta it was intended for didn't make it sadly).

    I'd like to try my hand at sculpting some pieces to go into the tank. My intended approach is to construct the pieces with wire/tin foil frames, sculpy for the detail work, and painting some sort of protective coating over them(I've read suggestions on other threads that indicates epoxy would be a good thing to use) before they go into the tank. But I welcome input on more fish friendly sculpting mediums. Mind you, I'm not the speediest sculptor so this is more of a long term project where all the items will have plenty of time to cure before the tank is even set up with water and cycled. I just don't want to invest a lot of time and effort into something that I think will be fish friendly only to find out at the end that I've created a lovely toxic environment that will never sustain life.

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    Coating it in a good epoxy resin usually does the trick no matter what strange materials you use.

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    Thank you for the confirmation, I just wanted to be certain.

    The next question I have is about choosing a substrate that will work well for both plants and fish. I'm reading an article written on the subject of creating a "nature aquarium"( article here ) that suggests using pumice as a base. The author then goes on to suggest standard sized soil over the pumice and cosmetic sand over that. But there is also mention of the soil making the water somewhat acidic and also touches on the other minerals found in it that are good for plants. But would fish be able to thrive in a setting like that?

    If not, what kind of substrates would you guys suggest for this nature inspired theme with a fantastical twist? I want to have it heavily planted but caring for aquarium plants is a new subject for me and I'm still learning.

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    I'm continously amazed by the difference in products on the North American and European markets.

    The author states pumice mixed into some kind of soil which would help. Bonsai growers also do a mix like that to give better drainage. Acidic water is preferred by most Asian and South-American species.

    So, what can you get? And are you going to do bottomo dwellers? and what lights are on the tank?

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