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Bones

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Now you may think TDI is going off at a tangent again, but does anyone know if anyone has used animal skulls or bones as tank decor?

It something i've thought about recently, but does sound a little tabboo and maybe just too wrong for a planted aquascape.

My thoughts were off an animal skull sunk into the substrate with grasses growing around and through it, with maybe some moss covering some bones.

I've no idea how bone would react in the tank, and whether it would be suitable, or would float.

I've had a look on Ebay for Taxidermy, and there's some interesting stuff...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/7X-LARGE-ROE-DEER ... 240%3A1318

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AMAZING-SCARY-RAM ... 240%3A1318

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SKELETON-SKULL-AN ... 240%3A1318
 

Dan Crawford

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The crazy genius Oliver Knot did a tank with skulls in, i don't think they were real though :wideyed:
 

Ed Seeley

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Just like wood, being a dead natural material, they will break down, but we use wood in our tanks all the time and cope with this fine! Maybe you might be best trying to source realistic plastic versions instead?
 

a1Matt

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Nice idea.
I can visualise the grass growing through them.

Oliver Knott skulls... http://www.pbase.com/plantella/image/85029378 The wood through the eye makes me laugh :lol:

If you can take the time to trawl through his pbase galleries I think there are more tanks with off the wall ideas (I think there is a cool football one from memory).
 

Steve Smith

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I seem to remember having this conversation on another forum a few years back, but specifically about horns. I seem to remember that horns can be a problem, but not sure about skulls. I assume there might be some sort of reaction with CO2 being added to the tank? (like when adding certain stones).
 

johnny70

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Bones will sink, now I'm not sure if they are treated? if not they are going to breakdown, ablit slowly. When we make stock from bones at work(I'm a Head Chef :rolleyes: ) they start to break down after around 24hours of simmering (approx 90ºc) now how long this would take at 25ºc I have no idea, they leech what I believe to be calcium(being bone I would be pretty sure about that :?: ) making stock cloudy.............. no idea if that helps, just thought I butt in :D

JOHNNY
 

squiggley

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Did contemplate something similar.

Living on the edge of Exmoor I thought about using a pair of stag antlers instead of bogwood.
 

Garuf

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Not planted as such but a "biotope" there's a or was a pirrahna tank owned by a stoke hobbyist that had numerous skulls and rib cages in it my uncle tok me to see what feels like a million years ago. I'll ask my uncle kevin whos it was and where it is and get back I seem to remember the owner telling me it was deer and goat skulls.

It's do able and I've seen some american arrowana keepers doing it, it's a little bit too black metal for my liking however. :lol:
 

JamesM

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I LOVE the idea! Its proper outside the box thinking, sometime I'm also working on :D

I'd stay clear of fake skulls like Oli used however, as it does nothing but ad a cheesy vibe like his Nature Soil packaging :lol:

Good luck Dan, I'm keeping watch on this :)
 
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