For the one who starts to pet a fish, it isn’t all about at picking kinds of fish, but it’s also fun to decorate a fish tank. Once you’ve done choosing a perfect fish’s house and testing the water quality, it’s time to make your tank more bright and beautiful. But for beginners, you may don’t know where to start. View these steps to know exactly how to decorate a fish tank for your home.
Adding a substrate to your tank
It’s always better to decorate a fish tank form the bottom up. And it depends on your hobby that you can choose from a variety of substrate. You should consider the kind of fish to select an appropriate substrate for them.
Aquarium sand is an excellent choice for your tank if you want a glittery look. Sand comes in many colors, kinds, and best when you pet eels or knife fish because they spend most time burying themselves at the bottom of the tank.
However, the sand base has some disadvantages. It tends to travel up in water make us hard to set up the tank.
Gravel or stones base
Those are popular choices for a freshwater aquarium. Gravel also fits with most kinds of fish and can give an ocean-like effect.
Tip: don’t use too much sand at the bottom because it can trap things like left food or waste matter.
Set up the tank with plants
After finishing the base, the next step to decorate a fish tank is adding more green to it. Plants not only make your tank more colorful but also hide away things like a filtration system.
Live plants like coral or algae can improve the quality of your plant by consuming nitrogen and putting off oxygen for your fish. However, real plants will die in time, that can make water dirty faster.
Fake plants otherwise is a better decoration for the tank. Plastic plants give you a more colorful choice than real ones. Moreover, they can maintain a long period since they cannot die.
Decorate a fish tank with other decorations
In addition to basic setups above, you can add more things to decorate your fish tank.
Shells: will give your aquarium a beach-like feel. It depends on the number and size of fishes that you can choose a small or big shell. The little shell can make your fish look bigger while the big one has an opposite effect.
Tip: You should clean the shell thoroughly to avoid bacteria. Moreover, you should not use the shell in freshwater because they can give off too much calcium and change the pH of the water.
Driftwood: will make an ocean-like look for your tank. You can find small driftwood along the beach or riversides. Or else, a pet store is a perfect place that you can pick a suitable size for your tank. Keep in mind to check carefully that no species are living in the driftwood before picking it up.