Figured I'd post up a thread to maybe get some ideas for this little theme project I'm doing. The 5g hex I'm taking up to my dorm with me is going to be Atlantis themed seeing I really love the Atlantis myths, and while I love doing projects on my own, I also love getting insight from others for ideas! I can't count how many times other people have pointed me to some great finds. Plus, seeing bettas are such lovely fish, I think one would look very pretty in such a surreal atmosphere.
So, first thing's first, the tank~
I have a Regent 5g hex aquarium to work with, which is literally the same thing as the Marineland Eclipse hex
from what I understand, it's just the Walmart brand (yay secondhand stores!). I have a http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-A896-Elite-Sponge-Filter/dp/B005JP9S7C running in it right now (only one I could find locally) as well as a Hydor Theo heater that's keeping it at a nice, toasty 80 degrees F. My substrate is pool filter sand.
Now the fun part! So far as far as decor goes, I have some Hornwort, Anacharis, and a little tiny Crypt Lutea in there. I also ordered the http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YLJVG0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01 (to be used without the bubbles), and the http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YLJXTK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02 for it to serve as the centerpiece. I figured it would play in with the whole "Atlantean crystals" thing really nicely, and make for a cool light to put on in the evening for an hour or two.
As far as additional decor, I was looking at the Petco Greek ruins like this single column
, this three column
, and this four column
, depending on how big each of them are so I don't overcrowd the tank.
Has anyone seen any other Atlantean-like decor that they think would look nice in there so I have a couple more options? I did see the official "Atlantis set" that one company had with the backdrop and everything for a larger tank, but those pieces were horribly overpriced and I would like to avoid them. I do have a bit of a budget, otherwise I would have splurged on quite a few things as well as one of the bettas I was oogling on AquaBid.
Also, how do yins think a couple pretty blue gems would look half-buried in the sand? Overkill?
Now for the fish itself! I'm definitely not going to be naming him until I get him seeing I want to see his personality/colours, but I would love some ideas. The type I'm looking at is a lovely black orchid with bright blue accents as one of my pet stores stocks them all the time. I just love the black and blue colour combo. Of course, who's to say another little guy won't catch my fancy when I'm up there.
As for Atlantean-type names, these are my ideas so far:
- Atlantis or Atlas (Attie for short)
- Socrates (the student of Plato, the philosopher who first wrote down the Atlantis legend. My clown pleco is named Plato)
- Poseidon (Reigning god of Atlantis)
- Leviathan (Levi for short. Many movies/artwork/etc. tend to feature Atlantis guarded by a great ocean-dwelling beast)
- Abyss (because Atlantis sank into the depths of the Abyss)
- Rune (as in Atlantean runes, namely the bright, glowing blue ones that are commonly featured in artwork)
Anyone have anything else? Pictures will of course be posted once I get this baby going <3