Aquarium enthusiast Carly Thompson took inspiration from the famous Star Wars to create her mesmerising fish tank. Star Wars fans will notice a very important character or object in her tank. During the Clone Wars of the Star Wars franchise, the AT-AT combat vehicle (All Terrain Armored Transport), was used by the Imperial forces. Now the giant, four-legged mechanical is “swimming with the fishes”.
Thompson’s sci-fi tank idea was inspired after her brother bought her an AT-AT aquarium decoration for Christmas. At first she wasn’t quite sure how she was going to use it as she usually don’t use artificial elements in her aquariums.
But after some consideration, Thompson decided it was time to try something new. “I knew that I wanted it to look as natural as possible. I recalled the map Kashyyk in the video game Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. That and the Moon of Endor from the Star Wars movies were my inspiration for this tank.”
Thompson spent three days designing the tank and putting the final pieces in place. She made use of several objects and materials to create the mesmerising view. She used a common aquarium wood called cholla to create the tall, burly tree trunks and java moss and a three-leaf seed to create the mossy jungle appearance.
After creating the masterpiece, Thompson had one more thing left to decide on - which little fish will take residence in the underwater sci-fi world. “The marine life that I chose to put into this tank was a very difficult decision. I wanted neon tetras because I felt the bright blue and red colours would not only represent a lightsaber appearance, but they would also give a good pop of colour.”
Thompson ended up falling in love with ember tetras for their amazing appearance and decided to put them in the tank instead. “Their fiery red colour and the overall natural behaviour of these fish are what made me want them. I purchased five of them at my local pet store and stocked my tank. These fish were so curious and active in the tank.” But, after conducting further research on the adorable species, she found that ember tetras would be happier in her larger, thirty-gallon tank.
Thompson then decided to rather replaced them with cute red cherry shrimp and Ramshorn snails, who are thriving in their galactic forest. “I love this tank, and I never expected everyone to love it as much as I do.”