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20000leagues
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« on: April 28, 2011, 04:59:53 pm »

Good morning everyone,

Here's my very first steampunk creation. I have managed to complete it about a month ago, and it is indeed a fishtank, directly inspired from Jules Verne. The base is a regular 60 liters aquarium onto which I have applied a steampunked box.



The botton and top are made from crown molding, painted in copper and the sides from regular plywood painted in dark burgundy.



I have used basically anything I could to decorate the top part of my aquariumachine: a broken bulb, a candle holder, barometers, marbles... all bought at the flea markets. So far my friendly aquatic creatures seem to enjoy their little nautilus, especially their little periscope!!






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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2011, 05:02:38 pm »

Quite fun and stylish! I love all the fun things on top.
What sorts of fish do you have piloting your nautilus?
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2011, 05:13:55 pm »

Thank you very much!

The commanding officer of this ship is an angelfish... (named Marechal, because he reminds me of a Marshall from the Napoleon era..) the executive officer is a smaller angelfish and the crew is composed of 5 neons and two corrys (bottom feeders, they take care of the engine room  Smiley)

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2011, 05:38:54 pm »

What an amazing fishtank!  That's definitely a conversation-starter in any house -- I'm really envious!  And I love the way you've given your fish titles of "officers" and "crew" -- lol!  What fun!

-- Nephele
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2011, 05:46:54 pm »

Nicely done!
Who knew that toilet flanges made such nice port holes.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2011, 06:33:21 pm »

A rather nice aquarium, though I´m wondering if it lets enough light in.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2011, 07:51:36 pm »

Thank you very much to you all!


@ Maets: Yes the port holes are toilet flanges indeed! I bought them at home depot for ntohing really, they are also available in brass... The trick to make them really look like port holes is to screw them onto the walls using screws and place a nuts in between.

@ The light inside the tank is actually quite strong so I think it should be fine.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2011, 09:33:54 pm »

 Smiley  This looks great. It must be a real centre of attention when anyone comes round. I want one!
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2011, 09:57:33 pm »

it´s really nice. good job.
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2011, 12:15:42 am »

Jolly good job, chap. Indeed a fish-tank that Captain Nemo would have been proud of, again well done.
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2011, 01:17:50 am »

now if you can just get the fish to wear top hats and monocles...
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2011, 01:28:12 am »

Nice!
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2011, 08:08:55 pm »

Now that is just quality. Can we have a few more pictures, but close ups on some of the elements?

Bravo
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2011, 02:19:22 pm »

Now that is just quality. Can we have a few more pictures, but close ups on some of the elements?

Bravo


Hello!! Thank you for your comments!!!

Here are a few pictures of the elements visible on the top part, I was lucky to find them for nothing (total cost about 15 USD):





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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2011, 06:38:12 pm »

It's a nice mod but appears to be far too small for the fish you have in it.

 How many gallons is it? Judging by eye it seems less than 20, more like around 15, which makes it also overstocked.

If it's less than around 30 you will need to upgrade the angels to a much larger tank. Both tall and long to accomodate for their adult size. But that is a good reason to simply mod another tank !

You also need more cories and neons than that , as they are both schooling species and are vastly happier and more active in social groups of at least 6+ for cories and 8 + for neons .
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How unfortunate...


« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2011, 06:39:44 pm »

A rather nice aquarium, though I´m wondering if it lets enough light in.

Light from outside isn't required , due to the aquarium lighting inside the tank which will keep the plants growing  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2011, 08:06:08 pm »

Amazing work. I has a turrtles. I wish I could give them an aquarium like this Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2011, 04:28:53 am »

Love the tank. You have turned a rather common fish tank into a 'show stopper'. At first glance I thought you had installed iris diaphragms instead of the flanges but this does not detract from the finished product in any way. Great job!
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« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2011, 09:46:27 am »

I love it... I don't wanna get all technical and junk but the Nautilus submarine didn't have a periscope.  Did I mention I love this creation.
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