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Old 03-23-2007, 05:37 PM   #1
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Has it been done? It must be done.

Surely someone has tried a Lego theme in a tank. I would love to do it myself, but it would totally mess with my existing theme. Maybe I'll do it in my 10-gallon.
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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That would be awesome! I love legos...
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:45 PM   #3
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I have been trying to go all natural, but that would be so cool...I can picture the medieval castle w/ working drawbridge
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:04 PM   #4
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I have tons of castle Legos, but I have tons of space Legos too, but they would look like scuba divers! I have the regular townspeople and pirates too. I could totally make a couple of small cities in the tank. Man, the next time I clean my tank, I just might do it. I'd just worry about how dirty the stuff would look after a while. Only one way to see...
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:34 PM   #5
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I have seen a tank on one of the forums I freequent that had leggos in it. So, yes, it has been done. However, the person used the huge friggin leggos and it, IMO, looked horrible. If it were the small ones, I think one could do something very cool with them.

Who's up to the challenge? (Pics must be posted)
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:05 PM   #6
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OH NO!!!!
YOU HAVE THE LEGOS

[/quote]I just might do it.[quote]

YOU MUST DO IT!!!
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:09 PM   #7
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I really do want to do it and use the small Legos and set up scenes, but it will be a while before I get around to it. I've got a couple busy weekends and then I'm off to an overseas trip. I have the Legos to do it, but you might not see it from me for a month. In the mean time, this idea is a great idea. Brilliant ideas should be shared. Someone else feel free to do it before me.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:40 PM   #8
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I had thought of it too. I think they float though, especially if you build something out of water -- there'd be a lot of air trapped inside, so you'd have to do something to sink them, bit of a hassle. I'd probably just silicon some minifigs to a rock or something
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:56 PM   #9
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One easy way to sink any large scenes would be to build a hollow base/pockets for them and fill the pockets with gravel or sand. If you were having a lot of figures walking around you could also make something of a spike from the feet with a base that would hold it down. Something like this:



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-------- flat square/rectagular piece of some size
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Old 03-23-2007, 11:53 PM   #10
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This would be neat. Even though it's not my thing (I'm into a more natural look), I would love to see this in someone else's tank!

There are three considerations to keep in mind:

Toxicity - probably not a concern since Legos are designed for children. I'm sure the dyes in them are nontoxic.

Floating - Lego blocks float. Each block contains a large open space that traps air. The plastic is also less dense than water - they'll be bouyant even if you remove all the air. They sell large green Lego base sheets that can be cut to size. Gravel and rocks on top will keep the base and attached sculptures submerged.

Loss of tightness- I have no idea what long periods of time in 76 - 80oF water will do to the tight fit between blocks. There's only one way to find out! You may find it necessary to silicone or epoxy each and every block together - ugh!

Good luck and post pics!!!
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Old 03-24-2007, 01:10 AM   #11
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Legos are non toxic. I put plenty of them in my mouth as a kid. As far as floating goes, I'd weigh down a platform and hope everything else stays together. I don't think the fit is a concern in the water. I've played with Legos in the tub and left Legos in hot cars. They're pretty resilient.

Now the question is, what theme should be done? I have some pirates, a lot of castle, quite a few regular present day people, and a whole lot of space people.
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It has been done, but you must build them underwater to prevent air being trapped between each piece
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Old 03-24-2007, 05:44 PM   #13
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I would probably build this underwater after a full tank cleaning, but other than floating, what is the issue with trapped air?
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:03 PM   #14
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Floating's the only issue
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:31 PM   #15
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Build whatever on a lego platform and then put your gravel over top of the platform. Walah
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Old 03-24-2007, 08:06 PM   #16
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Ya, I was gunna say, legos are hard to make sink. Nothing a little (lot?) of silicone couldnt fix.

I was raised on legos. To this day we've still got an entire dresser-cabinet filled with tubs of legos.
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:02 PM   #17
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Not exactly lego, but close...

I don't totally approve of the setup, but it is awfully cute I think. Plus, it's the same layout as the office the tank is in!
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I'm in the process of setting up my first tank. It's a nice big 75g. I have pretty much 0 decorations / plants / stones to place in it at the moment. Sounds like free reign to give the legos a shot. I called my parents yesterday to let them know I was going to be stopping by to pick up my old legos. The laugh my mother blurted out was priceless. She didn't even bat an eye, what can I say. I'm a Toys R Us kid...
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Not fancy by any means... but legos.... im sure you could make it look much better with the sets you have.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:22 PM   #20
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I may have to jump in on that Idea
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