...and I want to show it off.For those of you who don't know me IG, I'm a builder, rather than a hunter. EMC is a great place to unleash my creative side, which I don't get much of a chance to do as a RL pro techy. I've only been playing MC for about 3 months longer than I've been on EMC.But I think I'm getting the hang of it, and I want to show one of em off now...Here goes...So, about 6 months back, I was adventuring, taking a break from building n just exploring. Out in my little row boat and I saw something in the water...and got some interesting IG messages coming up. So, I jumped over the side to investigate...Never seen one of these, nor even read about em, but I learned pretty quick to watch out for the ugly fish. Thankfully, I didn't get magiked that time round. I went back to base and regeared to go investigate some more. That time I died, a few times. I realized this was not going to work unless I knew what I was dealing with, so MinecraftWiki I went.An ocean temple...hmm...fancy, and looks pretty cool, but what's it good for, other than killing dumb newbs like myself. Fast forward to Youtube (amazing resource for learning what, where, and how to do with stuff in MC). So, ocean temples are good for making fish farms. I'd remembered the one that I got introduced to on SMP8, and was starting to understand the value of what I'd found.Creative juices started whirling in the brain. I contacted a couple of other players IG and in PM to get some ideas - fbuilder5 was one, and gave me some real good tips, despite the fact he'd never built one before.After a couple more weeks of Youtube and Google searching, I finally had a game plan and a rough idea of what I wanted. Let the sweat begin!!!First step was to get rid of the Elder Guardians, and that took a couple of days worth of trial and error. I can't say how many times I died, but I learned. My final approach was to come in from underneath, tunneling through the seabed to establish a mini sortie point directly under the temple. With me I brought a bed, soulbound gear, a maxed out diamond sword, a bunch of buckets, and a cow. Using milk and some extended water breathing potions, I finally got the elders killed after a few hours. First hurdle done!!!Next, as I'd read, was to drain the inside. Not easy to suck an ocean out of a building. I started by simply placing dirt...but this quickly proved to be extremely slow. So...sponges, and dirt, to section off the areas.Round about this time, I brought along a friend - one allygirl5. I'd found another temple, after I'd found this one, but easier to access and showed it to her a couple weeks before this time. She drowned on me (not surprising, she'd also drowned in my hottub - water and her just didn't get along). But, she was getting her adventure legs, so I showed her this one that I planned to empty out. She died, but no more than I did - and in the process we explored and emptied the entire building of water. She was great!!! Definitely got over her first adventure jitters.To those of you who've never been inside an ocean temple, they are a confusing connection of a bunch of small rooms. It was very confusing working our way through it. I finally started taking pictures after we'd cleared the water and the interior walls (unfortunately I didn't think to get any of allygirl5 - to my regret now - as she was a HUGE help and deserved the recognition), but this is what it looked like emptied of rooms and water..So, building is empty, now for the rest of the ocean around it. For those of you that've done this, you know the amount of work involved...and sand. I'd researched the needs, but I really had no idea of the quantity of sand I'd need. I do believe I cleared an entire biome in the waste. Which was fine...needed the glass later anyway.Now, I made a mistake in my planning. I figured, being as I was going to need 4 layers of water in the final design, I'd leave those levels now...and just work around em. Dumb...really dumb...took a week of idiotic work before I realized just how dumb, and decided to just eliminate all the water, and replace it later when I was ready.I don't have any pics of the emptying of the ocean, or the ridiculous effort it took to get there. I had allygirl5 back a few times to help me out with this, as well as another friend Omegian04. They weren't there everyday, but I'm thankful for their help, I have no idea how much longer it would have taken without them.Ocean cleared. Torches everywhere for mob control, and I started leveling out my build area, and expanding it to what I figured I'd need for the final build. Discovered round about this time that slimes spawn under any light condition, and I had 3 slime chunks that I'd just opened up.So, the plan changed. I'd build a mini slime farm, under the whole fish farm, and collect even more loot!!!Again, dumb...for not realizing what it was I had set myself up for. To top that off, in expanding my build area, I came across a zombie spawner, and 3 cave spider spawners within the range of my build. Go big, or go home!!! - and town to me was kinda boring at that point in my gaming. So, I expanded my plans.I started developing the fish farm, complete with decorations (ideas for which I stole from someone else), and this is a bit of the progression of that...First renditions...not bad...but needs something...?Much better. Wasn't 100% satisfied with it - the fact they weren't centered right, but that was an easy fix...just a little more time.From this point, the fish farm component progressed quite nicely. Creative juices flowing, I had no fear of tearing bits down n rebuilding them till I got em right. allygirl5 and Omegian04 came by with encouraging words a number of times, but as an aspiring artist, I wasn't accepting any help...rather selfish...but I did appreciate the encouragement, and just kept motoring on.Turned out OK. Fish are falling - that was the whole idea right? At first, I thought the design might be too busy...but it's grown on me.Originally I'd toyed with the idea of making this a public farm. At this point though, I didn't want to take the chance of griefers, so I kept it quiet except for a select few players and tourists.Underneath, I built rail collection. Took a while, in cramped spaces, to get the layout right - and the redstone. In hindsight, I should have left the floor for after the rails.I now had a functioning fish farm...but nowhere near done.