Of course the primary function of your tank is to keep your fish safe and happy, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be an eyesore! With just a few simple tips you can create a beautiful habitat for your scaly friends, which will add style to any room in your home. Here’s a guide to help you create a beautiful, stylish fish tank.
Keep Things Natural
This is a great tip for both style, and your fish, as natural coloured gravel will mimic their natural habitat. In terms of style it’s much more aesthetically appealing than bright colours, and will go with any décor scheme. If you decide to use sand rather than gravel, make sure it’s either fish friendly – or if natural to rinse it through thoroughly and pass it through a fine mesh before using it in the tank. It’s worth keeping in mind though that sand can prevent your live plants from expanding their roots and thus minimize their growth. Also, if the sand is too fine or more than one and a half inches deep it will set-up an anaerobic environment which will develop a foul odor, and may rot plant roots completely. If you’re setting up a larger tank a thin layer of sand is fine, but it should be over a layer of gravel.
Choose Decorations Carefully
When selecting decorations for your tank, it’s best to choose a theme and stick to it. For example, if you choose a shipwreck theme – don’t throw in coral reef decorations as well. Logs, rocks and driftwood pieces that mimic the appearance of the real thing are great for a natural effect tank – especially if you already have a strong design theme in the room where your tank will be. It’s also important to include decorations that fish can swim in and out of – many varieties of fish like places to hide. Make sure all materials are suitable for tank use and non-toxic.
Create a Backdrop
Adding a backdrop will really make a tank pop. You can use black material or construction paper – taped to the rear (non-water) side of your tank, or vibrant blue. Black will add depth, and makes a tank look so much better than no background or a busy background. Blue is perhaps more natural, and a better bet if you’ve gone for more decoration inside the tank.