If you’ve recently gotten excited about the idea of owning a fish tank, it’s important that you understand that it takes commitment to maintain it. Owning an aquarium with fish in it is not just for decoration, you need to take care of the fish and make sure that they are well-fed and that the tank will be cleaned regularly.
If you feel that you are ready for the commitment, then it’s time to design your fish tank! While there are companies who can do the installation and design for you, you may want to add a personal touch and design the tank yourself. Check out the tips below so that you can come up with a beautiful and functional design.
- Do not design an aquarium without knowing what fish you will put in there – okay this is important. You need to do your research and you should know specifically the types of fish you will be putting in your aquarium. That’s because the look and components of your tank will depend on the fish that will live there. You may want a very elaborate design, but the fish you are getting would require a more open and bare design. Make sure to do your research so you can come up with a habitat that will be perfect for your pet fish.
- Consider the type of fish you will get when choosing the substrate – you can start the design of your tank by choosing the substrate, which is placed at the bottom of the aquarium. There are many choices for the substrate, such as gravel or sand. If you know the fish that will go to your tank, the choice may be easier. If you are choosing fish like eel and the like, you should get sand as these types like to stay at the bottom and gravel would be bad for their exterior.
- Choose whether you want to add plastic or live plants – one of the things that are added to an aquarium are plants. Many would often choose the plastic kind, as they have more variety and offers a variety of colors. If you want your aquarium to be aesthetically pleasing, you can choose this. But remember that real plants, although harder to maintain, can help with improving the water quality of your tank.
- Consider how often you can do maintenance – you need to know that some components of your tank may be harder to clean than others. Sand, for example, is more difficult to clean than rocks or gravel. You need to make sure that other components are free from algae and the like. So if you do not have a lot of time to clean your tank regularly, you can choose to go for lesser but still eye-catching ornaments.
- Add ornaments to your tank – once you’ve laid down the basic structure of your tank, you can now add more ornaments and decorations. While there are so many fish tank ornaments available, remember to not get too excited and overcrowd your tank with too many decorations. The sky’s the limit when it comes to decorations, just make sure that it would be beneficial to your pet.