As I said in my first post . . . FOR FUN
Sometimes there should be no "why", but only a "because". So be creative and imaginative, thelub and jrill, join the fun of thinking up something different, even if it's a little silly in your opinion. I know you got skills, come up with something that could fake people out.
High five to you Michael M and prighello! Great ideas!
Yes, cichlids were the first fish that came to my mind. And I have to say, not all cichlids are uniform in shape. Definitely very colorful. I can imagine some shell dwellers popping in and out of a giant barnacle cluster. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yy3DEOmwM8...0/IMG_2925.JPG
The right lighting would set the mood and using LED lights would give that nice shimmer effect that used to only be seen in marine aquariums. I imagine some Texas Holy Rock would look great too. As for inverts, I read somewhere that snails can work, I think it would depend on the type of cichlid and the type of snail. Thanks for being the first to reply!
Fake corals could definitely be used. There are so many quality ones being made now, that it would work. I have this fake sea fan in with Opae Ula shrimp and after a year it's still looking good. Dead corals could be used too, they would just be white.
Gobies have that saltwater look, however aren't most brackish? I only know of Chlamydogobius eremius
as being full freshwater.
Painted fire shrimp are beautiful! They remind me of live krill: http://www.petenzymes.com/images/Kri...boveWater.jpeg
I have always thought subwassertang looked like some kinda sea weed.
Maybe I should make this a game for my next RAOK, with the best fake saltwater design winning the prize . . .