Hi, I am in the process of setting up my new aquarium. The tank is 8' long, 30" wide and 24" high, 300 gallons. The tank will be heavily planted with driftwood and rocks. Eco-complete will be the subtract. Filtering will be a Eheim Pro 3 and an Eheim Pro II 2128. Co2
will be used. I start setting up next week. The tank has been in my back yard for a month, I've been going crazy looking at it. I have eight friends coming over Sunday to bring it in, it is glass!!!
I have some cave dwelling fish going in the tank, Clown Loaches, Polkadot Loaches, Blue Rams & Bolivian Rams. So I want to include a nice cave. I went to 4 of my LSF's today and found lot's of rocks but no matter how I put them together they won't look natural.
While looking at the rocks I remembered a post I saw, somewhere, where someone used Styrofoam to make caves and make a backing on his tank. The tank was large, 150 gallons I think. So, here are my questions:
1) would it be practical to use Styrofoam to make a cave?
2) how would it hold up over time?
3) how would you stop it from floating (aquarium sealant?)?
4) can it be painted?
5) if it can be painted, what type of paint can be used?
Thanks for any help, Michael