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By Lorraine | 23 March 2020 | 0 Comments

Things to Know Before Decorating Your Fish Tank

Things to Know Before Decorating Your Fish Tank

You have a perfect fish tank with a variety of filtering devices. You have prepared a water quality test kit. You have a list of fish in your collection. The next thing is about decorations. Sometimes, aquarium owners are so excited about all kinds of cute decorations that they fill the fish tanks with a lot of stuff. This is of course not feasible. Not only does this make maintenance of the tank more difficult (think how to clean the aquarium with gravel), it also looks tacky. With this in mind, how should you choose the right substrate and plants before filling the aquarium with various decorations? Buy cheap fish decor from SENZEAL!


What Aquarium Substrate Should You Use?

The first thing you have to think about is what kind of substrate to use. There are many different options. Do you want a sandy bottom? What about small stones or big gravel? You can even use small stones. Do you want to use glass pebbles? Do you want to make the fish tank look colorful or more natural?
When choosing a substrate, it is most important to consider your fish. Sometimes the type of fish you want will dictate what kinds of substrate you have to use. If you want fish like eels or knifefish, you need to have a sandy bottom. Eels will spend most of their time on the bottom, and if you have a rocky substrate, they will rub their bodies raw, which is bad for them. If you are considering a freshwater ray, then you need to have a large bottom with sand. They will bury themselves in the sand, which would be nearly impossible for them to do safely in a tank with gravel as the substrate. Sand will also give your tank more of a saltwater feel, which many people desire.
However, sand does have some disadvantages. If you plan on doing gravel washes, which you should strongly consider, sand can make them more annoying. Since the sand is smaller and lighter than gravel, it tends to travel higher up the tube. It also tends to end up in whatever you are using to collect your waste water. This means that you will need to replace sand more often than you would have to replace gravel.
Gravel and stones are common choices for freshwater aquariums. They create a natural look for the tank and they are easy to clean. They are a better alternative to colored glass pebbles which, however pretty, are not always the best choice for a large fish tank. Glass pebbles aren't necessarily bad for your fish, they simply do not provide as much surface area for good bacteria to colonize. You need good bacteria to keep the nitrogen levels in your tank in check. Glass pebbles over time will break down, as is natural, and gravel will erode as well. However, the glass pebbles will have sharper edges whereas the gravel will just become finer. Glass pebbles are pretty, but they are just for show. It would not be harmful to have a few of them scattered throughout the bottom of the tank, as they will add some color. Just be sure to change them out once they begin to show signs of wearing down.
You need to make sure that everything you put in the tank is properly cleaned-including your substrate. Sometimes you need to rinse several times to get rid of all the dust and debris.

Choosing Real or Fake Plants for Your Aquarium?

In many aquariums plants are a very popular decoration. Some people like them because they are colorful. Some people add them because plants are found in many freshwater environments, and they give a fish tank a more natural feel. If you go to a pet store, you will see a lot of choices about aquatic plants. The vast majority of home aquariums use plastic plants in place of live ones. Why? The plastic plants are often more colorful than real plants, coming in colors that are not found in in nature. They are also easier to maintain since they cannot die. And, like real plants, they offer the fish a place to hide.

However, real plants can provide systems something that fake plants cannot: They can help improve the water quality in your tank. How is this? Plants need to use nitrogen and in an aquarium they are able to use the fishes' waste products. This keeps the levels low in the tank, which is a great bonus. Plants also use CO2 (carbon dioxide) for their respiration and give off O2 (oxygen) as a waste product. This is great for home tanks, as carbon dioxide build-up can be toxic and stable oxygen levels not only help your fish breathe, they can help maintain a stable pH level.
Of course, fake plants have their own advantages: they don't drop leaves or die. Dead leaves and plant decay can cause a surge in nitrogen in the tank. This surge puts stress on the fish, and if it reaches a certain high level, it can lead to the death of aquatic life.
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