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02-01-2013 07:15 PM
greenman857 Thanks! I attached moss to some yesterday, I'll post pics in a bit.
Gonna fire more next week too.
02-01-2013 02:15 AM
GeekBoy Beautiful work, very inspiring tank! Wasn't aware of wabikusa either, I'll have to look into that some more.

Those logs look stunning!
01-25-2013 08:15 PM
greenman857 Well I offered some clay stuff with no interest so...
Here's what they look like finished (not towers but simple starts)
Clay tiles, Clay caves and two clay logs. I'm gonna try attaching moss on them and see how they do.
01-25-2013 08:01 PM
le0p Wow, these are great tanks and great pieces. I agree, you should sell some of these, they're amazing.
01-25-2013 07:36 PM
greenman857 Latest update

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Photo from the surface
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Rilli Shrimp
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01-02-2013 09:21 PM
greenman857 Latest update: I added a sand feature on the left to add some depth.
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Some unknown giant pond snail species.
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Tank is doing great!, shrimp are increasing like crazy and no real algae problems! It's amazing how well a balanced tank does!
12-24-2012 01:04 AM
greenman857 Latest update
I like the kind of rampant wild but not too out of control.

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Notice the floating island.
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12-18-2012 04:17 AM
Tidal wave Those clay wood and wabi kusa towers should be mass produced and available for sale!!
12-18-2012 02:54 AM
greenman857
Update: Shrimp babies and more!

I've added some more Rilli shrimp to hopefully diversify the gene pool. The copepods, snail, flatworm and shrimp all seem to coexist quite well. In fact I'm finding the shrimp (of course) are quickly over-populating the tank!
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Here 3 differant age classes all hanging off the glass. I think these are Malawa?
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I really love the idea of mixing species together. Having Copepods, Snails and shrimp all with in a 2" square inch is kinda cool to see!

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How the tank looks today. Only minor algae problems which so far have been controlled by hand. 20% water changes 1-2 /week.
12-12-2012 02:17 AM
laqu love the idea of a 'natural' looking driftwood corner!
I WISH i could do that!
12-08-2012 02:08 PM
greenman857 Yeah the sharpie is just for reference.
I have my own small kiln which allows me to develop my own techniques.
Basically its a modification of Raku
http://www.garyrferguson.com/raku.htm: if you look at the pics where they pot the pot in paper or whatever thats what I do, the burning makes all kinds of earthy colors on the clay.
One could probably do the same after the fact by burying the pots in a pile of leaves and lighting it on fire, I think.
12-07-2012 09:30 PM
Steelwolve
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I use a stoneware that I bought commercially. most clays are fine, the only problem might be if unusual refractories (helps the clay "melt" at a certain temp) for really low-fire they add some weird stuff that may not be good for an aquarium. But all in all the stuff has to be non-toxic for food consumption for humans and so is safe for aquariums.
Pottery is frequently fired (baked) twice, once at a lower temp (bisque) and then higher temp (glaze). The glaze firing actually causes the clay to fuze into a glasslike substance (stoneware or porcelain)
My theory is you only want to bisque it because its more porous and as such harbors micro-organisms in its body which could act as a filter of sorts.
High fire is more like glass or a quartz rock.
Plus its quicker and cheaper just to fire to bisque.

Here's a couple of pieces I have kicking around.

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Now thats what I would like to do. Very nice looking work, Im thinking the sharpie is for size reference or do you use it to shade the peice? How did you get the color, and shading so perfect?
12-07-2012 09:10 PM
greenman857 I use a stoneware that I bought commercially. most clays are fine, the only problem might be if unusual refractories (helps the clay "melt" at a certain temp) for really low-fire they add some weird stuff that may not be good for an aquarium. But all in all the stuff has to be non-toxic for food consumption for humans and so is safe for aquariums.
Pottery is frequently fired (baked) twice, once at a lower temp (bisque) and then higher temp (glaze). The glaze firing actually causes the clay to fuze into a glasslike substance (stoneware or porcelain)
My theory is you only want to bisque it because its more porous and as such harbors micro-organisms in its body which could act as a filter of sorts.
High fire is more like glass or a quartz rock.
Plus its quicker and cheaper just to fire to bisque.

Here's a couple of pieces I have kicking around.

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12-07-2012 08:56 PM
zoragen I never thought of those make you own pottery places!

Cool idea
12-07-2012 08:54 PM
Steelwolve Very neat. I like the earlier one you did very much, it has a cool drifwood look to it. I remeber working with clay in school a couple of times, but dont really remember any specifics about the types or firing processes.
I would really like to try to make one of these as I have been searching for the perfect peice of driftwood now for 2 years without sucess, and if I could make it out of clay that would be perfect. Here in Columbus there are a few "make your own pottery" stores around. If I were to go try to do one of these there are there any tips for what types of clay to avoid using in an aquarium? Also what about adding color, is there a pigment or paint that you would/could use? And from what I gathered from the above converstion, Bisque is a lower temp initial firing, then you would add glaze and refire at higher temps to finish? I understand that you dont do the glaze, but just checking on the meaning of bisque. Thanks and great work!
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