New here! got some questions!
Hello everyone! So glad to see that there's a forum site out there for fish that's similar to my guinea pig one, haha. Anyway, I'm new here and looking at getting some fish. Growing up my dad raised Beta fish and we also had a huge tank with lots of different fish like Bala Sharks, Upside-down Catfish, and some sort of top feeder fish I don't know the name of, and those little zebra fish.
I'm looking at getting some fish, and have been thinking about it for a while. The idea of getting fish was put on the back burner for a while, but recently have decided to have the little guys help me out with my art. (I don't have a tank quite yet, but I don't want anything bigger than a 10 gallon)
The idea I have for an art piece is one to communicate the need for protecting the ocean. The basis of the project is to say that just because we don't live in the ocean, doesn't mean we shouldn't protect it. (25% of New Zealand is protected as a refuge, but less than 1% of the pacific ocean is protected!!!)
I want to create an environment inside of a tank that communicates the ideas I have and the concepts of protecting the environment and having a connection with nature that I've been looking at with my other art, but I need to see if I can even do it. I want to have fish swimming inside a tank with my art construction. I won't be able to do salt water, but I think it will still communicate the idea of protecting the ocean based on the sculptures I would create inside the tank. So....
I need to know what to use? I don't have a kiln, but can I use oven bake clay? what kind? If I can just use some sort of fish safe sealant on anything to put inside, what kind should I get? Where do you get it? Can I afford it on a college student fund? Basically, how can I make this safe for the fish? I don't know exactly what the inside would look like yet because I wanted to see if it was even possible, any help you could provide would be fantastic!
I looked at some fish today and was thinking about using maybe tetra or... well there were these little black and white fish I can't remember the name of but the label said "beginner" so I thought maybe that would be alright. I might be able to even just do 1 beta, but I kind of want a schooling fish.