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Bricks????

Im looking outside and loving how the plants are growing over the bricks. And just thinking if it would be safe to add them to my tank. Of course after good cleaning and boiling of them. Would this be a good idea.

EDIT: would it alter the pH in any way or should I try it out in a bucket first?


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I don't think they would be a problem. You could always to the acid test. Put a small drop of vinegar or muriatic acid on the brick and see if it fizzes, it fizzes, dont use it. If it doesnt fizz, it should be fine. I think once clay is fired it doesnt have any buffering capability anyways. People use clay pots in tanks just fine.

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I use bricks in my pond and it is happy as can be. Go for it!!
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they should be just fine in your tank. you ought to use them as a theme.

we went on a trip to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago a while back. oddly, i found one of the most pleasing exhibits of all to be a simple tank with goldfish (as example of "exotic invasive" species) scaped with plants and red brick.

some of the coolest rocks that i have ever found are (must be really old) terra cotta brick that were on the beach in Massachussetts. they had rolled around in the surf for such a long time that they were nicely rounded and nearly oval in shape.

how about "paving" the whole floor of the tank with brick over a little bit of your other substrate. that could look really cool! this would probably work best in a tank with a broad floor, such as a 40g breeder.
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Thank you thank you thank you - this is a fantastic idea! I just wonder about weight distribution issues... but yes, the wheels are turning!


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Just make sure it's actual fired clay brick and not the pavers that you see at Lowe's, Home Depot and the like which are manufactured from concrete. I imagine the latter would play havoc with your PH.

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Would that make it a nano?


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Just make sure it's actual fired clay brick and not the pavers that you see at Lowe's, Home Depot and the like which are manufactured from concrete. I imagine the latter would play havoc with your PH.
Im going to test it out in a bucket of water to see if it affects the pH any. I have a bunch of bricks in the back and it was so interesting looking at the aloe plant and golden pothos creeping over and then having a stone pathway it would look so awesome.


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Perhaps you should do a blind Scape, And just throw bricks in the tank and where they end up is where they go. Be sure not to throw too hard...

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Frozen barb. Well I would try that if these werent so large. I really wanted to make a two teir layout. A non plant level and a planted level. The non plant level would have stones burried in the gravel but were they look like cobble stone(but where nothing can get inton cracks). Moss would be on the bricks just so it does replicate either one of two things 1) Vines on a university wall(lower deck) or 2) moss growing in a garden. Either one would be an interesting scape and it is how its done. I am unsure yet.


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I bet brick would be GREAT for mosses, considering it's normally so porous. Mosses and... crypts. I've been afraid to try brick, though I love the color... Let us know how it turns out.
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Fired clay I believe is inert. But I could be worng. If tanks are ok for SMS, why not bricks.

This is a cool idea.


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I have seen a tank with bricks in it. It look really good it was on the base of the tank layed out so it looked like a walk way. But growing some kind of grass between them. When I looked at it I thought of my walk way with grass growing up between them. I have also seen them used as a base then the sub put on top of it so they could scape with alot less substraight. They placed it up so it kind of made a mound in the center of his tank. After he was done with it it looked great. I called that tank the grassy knoll that the second gunman was on.

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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I bet brick would be GREAT for mosses, considering it's normally so porous. Mosses and... crypts. I've been afraid to try brick, though I love the color... Let us know how it turns out.
Well it dropped the pH in a bucket to 6.6 about 4 hours ago. And it has yet to drop anymore. I will see if I can take some "good" pics(all my pics come out so bad). I decided that any moss that floats and attaches will start it off. Pretty much just how it forms in the garden itself.

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Fired clay I believe is inert. But I could be worng. If tanks are ok for SMS, why not bricks.

This is a cool idea.
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I have seen a tank with bricks in it. It look really good it was on the base of the tank layed out so it looked like a walk way. But growing some kind of grass between them. When I looked at it I thought of my walk way with grass growing up between them. I have also seen them used as a base then the sub put on top of it so they could scape with alot less substraight. They placed it up so it kind of made a mound in the center of his tank. After he was done with it it looked great. I called that tank the grassy knoll that the second gunman was on.
lol. The theme for the tank will be "Oversized Planter box". Pretty much its like every creature is shrunk and in a garden and at one end of a planter. Plants for inside the planter will be Hygrophila difformis, nymphae sp. aponogeton ulvaceous. Plants for the cracks will be anubias species. and then on the "walkway" it will be marsilia sp. for in between the rocks to kinda preform the lawn effect.


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i think that the key will be to not try to hide at all what they are. it would be best to treat them in the tank just the same as they are actually used--either stacked up or laid down as pavement.

i have seen some real cool marine tanks adorned with bottles, net floats, toilet seats and other jetsam and garbage. this concept can be quite successful. however, other similar ideas, such as wrecked model airplanes or boats that are completely out of scale with everything else, don't work at all.

it would be worthwhile to take the extra time to find real old antique terra cotta bricks.
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