Cool Fish Tank Decoration

In this article you’ll find some info about various types of tank decorations and what to take under consideration, when you purchase, arrange and select them. Decorating the fish tank is not wonderful only for the aquarists, but the fish will respect a decorated tank instead of a barren. If you arrange it properly, it will provide a more natural environment for the fish and give them lots of hiding spaces and natural borders. The amount of aggression among the fish is reduced by forming these borders. In order to calm down old fish in your tank when you bring in the new ones, you can break the borders and change the entire decoration, and make the old fish less “territorial” and avoid conflicts that are, otherwise, bound to happen.

Cave dwelling species will love tank decorations that make holes, caves and crevices.
Some fish will appreciate many types of hiding places and lots of plants in their environment. A curious fish can perk up, if you connect it to a plastic diver that blows bubbles. Tank decorations including plants can be more than just a beautifully decorated tank. Plants will bind oxygenate and carbon dioxide. By potentially removing harmful compounds, plants will use organic waste products as nutrition.

Some fish-keepers use aquatic plants to provide all this, and also as a canaries in the tank. If the water goes bad, the plant will be the first one to die, and the fish-keepers will notice an issue and be able to sort it out before any of the fish dies. Some people don’t like to decorate their tanks and find it tacky, but fish don’t know anything about tacky- they know to hide, find sheltering places, and things to explore. Now, you can find many interesting and tasteful decorations and designs that are worth your while. It’s a usual thing that the tank decorations consist of natural materials like wood, rock or coral. These natural materials are usually used in tanks arranged to look natural as much as possible. A tank can be like a piece of furniture to you, and a habitat for the fish. It’s good to set up the natural environment of the specie you keep. For example, if you have Tanganyika cichlids, you can arrange the tank to look like a replica of Lake Tanganyika.

There are many different artificial decorations that can contribute to the arrangement. In an aquarium of plant eating fish, plastic plants would be an excellent solution. Artificial anemones and coral replicas are commonly used in saltwater tanks. If you’re a beginner in this field, it is recommended to keep a tank made for fish only, because handling corals and anemones will be hard for you.

Opposite to the natural looking arrangements there are lots of decorations that wouldn’t be normally found in a river, a sea or a lake. You can purchase fantasy sea monsters or pyramids. Shipwrecks, bones, skulls and treasure boxes are very popular, too. Some aquarists like the idea to decorate their tank with temple ruins and statues. It is of big importance that you only use tank decorations that are safe to use in tanks (which is something that does sound logical).

If you own a saltwater tank, you should provide saltwater safe decorations. If you decide to decorate your tank with things you’ve found somewhere in the house, don’t do it because it may leak toxic compounds. It’s not that unlikely to see that the fish die from the poisoning because some materials contain other minerals that will be soon dissolved in the water. If you take wood or stones from nature you can introduce many unnecessary things to you tank - fungus, viruses, parasites, bacteria etc.

You should know that you can add some tank furniture and plants in the aquarium before or after adding the water. It’s easier to put the decorations to an empty tank, although it requires some creativity and imagination to anticipate how it will all look when everything’s set. Remember that some heavy tank materials like rocks should be added last because they can help the spreading of the load across the aquarium more evenly. I hope you have learned something you didn’t know, and it’s clear to you now, how decorating the aquarium approximately looks and feels like.

Author Bio:
Ivan Dimitrijevic has a passion for social media and business, home, design & lifestyle related topics, which can be attested to by various articles he has had published on topics such as Indoor Aquarium Supplies and Fish Tanks and Marine Aquariums and Coral Reef Tanks. He has a good deal of experience writing about aquarium brands like Fluval and BiOrb. As a husband and father, Ivan likes to emphasize the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
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