This is an aquarium I found in a junk
shop. I mounted it on a pedestal and painted the woodwork black. My
intention is to found a colony of Cherry Shrimps (Neocaridina
heteropoda var. red).
from the floor of the tank is a cow's skull given to me by a friend
who had found it in his barn. I'm
hoping that the bolt hole left by the abatteur's stun gun will serve
as a bolt hole for my crustaceans. Yes, there's nothing like an
obscure subaqueous pun of questionable taste to get the party going.
I have been on the lookout for a
vertical tank for some time, they're quite rare and it wasn't until I
was setting it up that I realized why; landscaping the substrate is
almost impossible. Planting the Eelgrass (Vallisneria americana)
was achieved by standing on a chair, stooping over the rim and
submerging my denuded upper body.
Had the chair toppled it would have
resulted in a disconcerting discovery for those curious enough to
eventually batter down my door (“Strange he left no note”), but
it would have been in keeping with my original aim of creating a
watery memento mori.