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Katarine
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Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:51:07 PM »

I just want to know how people decorate their aquarium so they dont overcrowd their fish? Or confuse them. Is it okay if I wanted to put.. oh lets say bright coloured stones in, or something that lit up. And even plants are a challenge. What plants do fish typically like? Does it depend on their personality? Do they get confused if you move the plants around or what? I just want Ideas as to how to decorate my new aquarium (when i get it)
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 08:31:58 AM »

Look at some pictures, in a book, or on this forum to get an idea of what you want your aquarium to look like.
Then take a piece of paper and pencil and sketch it out first.  Artificial plants or real ones?  Remember that artificial plants are easier to take care of.  Some real plants need strong lighting.  Easy plants that are really hardy and can thrive on low light, are Arrowhead and Anacharis (pondweed).
Ususally you plant larger plants in the back of the aquarium to hide your cords, air lines filter etc.  Smaller plants go to the front.  I leave an open swim area in the front so I can see my fish easily swimming.  Don't overcrowd the aquarium.  Fish need room to swim! Grin
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 09:47:58 AM »

I always prefer natural environment in aquariums, with real plants and real pebbles and the like. I feel like colored stones are taking away the attention from the fish. And I want the fish to be the main part of the aquarium, and for their colors to shine bright! Wink

And... I think it's good having lots of plants covering the back wall and filters and other mechanical parts. Bigger plants in the back and smaller in the front.
And the aquarium looks cozier with more plants! MORE GREEN! I personally don't like when the aquarium only has sand, a few pebbles and some plastic tower or something.

But I think you'd notice yourself when it'd be too much! Using only pebbles and plants wouldn't fill it up too bad, so that would be an easy way to go (: You could always borrow some books about aquariums and see some examples! They usually have good tips on how to arrange the interior, and about plants, how they grow and other facts. You could see there for yourself what fits you best!

Finally, I don't think that fish are very confused by interior things being moved... but as with everything, they're easily stressed, so plan it well and put things where you enjoy them most! So you won't bother your fish by moving a plant here or a pebble there whenever you'd notice something.
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010, 10:13:42 PM »

Wonderful! ooh this is gonna be fun..
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2010, 09:41:39 AM »

Decorating a tank for goldfish can be quite frustrating, because goldfish are notorious for rearranging the tank to their liking. If you use artificial plants, bury the base of the plant in the gravel and put some pebbles on top of the gravel around the plant. This will stop the goldies from digging the plant base out of the gravel.
If you use live plants, try to use something that the goldfish won't eat and can't dig up. Java fern varieties as well as cryptocorynes are good for planted goldfish tanks, because you can tie them to a rock or piece of driftwood, and they don't taste nice to goldfish.

Be careful about what you use to decorate your tank. Garden wood will leech tannin into the water, and some plants are poisonous to fish. Some plastics and ceramics will leak chemicals into the water. Any kind of metal should be avoided. It's best to use decorations that are aquarium safe. These can be found in aquarium shops or online.
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2010, 02:53:06 PM »

Well so far I havent had any problems as far as leeching colour and chemicals into the water, but I should keep an eye out for it all the same. Smiley Smiley I updated both my 20 gallon tank and my hospital tank (GO ME) so yea, Ill post pics up eventually Tongue
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2010, 03:15:17 AM »

We do have a bunch of Elodea and one Amazon Sword plant, our fishies just love the Elodea, they nibble all the time on it and yes, they digg all the time.
I planted the Elodea arround a rock but they stil managed to undigg one piece of plant.
We do have light and dark gravel, but it was mixed up in no time, lol Cheesy
We put some light coloured glass pebbles in and last week we bought a small diver with a treasure chest, connected to an airpump. So it releases a few bigger bubbles every 5 seconds and we discovered that especially one of our fish loves the bubble-ride  Grin , "sitting" on it and going up, hahahha
Both like the spa-effect with the big airstone Wink

... and I did move things arround with the last waterchange  ( like a renovation of our home, lol ). I did notice that Humphrey and Hepsiba were quite busy exploring the new look. Keeps them busy and I think they like it better now.
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2010, 12:03:59 PM »

well thats good. I like to think I'm a good decorator, but I need smaller plants, these big ones are two crowding... :S and I have a good bubbler, and putting the bubbles on full blast is really funny to watch.. but I dont do it often cause Sonorus freaks right out hahaha Tongue
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2010, 12:48:33 PM »

Many smaller plants get eaten by goldfish... one of my plants has been torn apart completely! xD
You should see them how they're tearing it! Looks like they're gonna destroy the whole tank xD Those havocs >>
Either way, that one has very thin leaves, so go for those with thicker leaves like Java Fern or Anubias c:
They do grow quite big, but Java Fern for instance grows little plants on the end of their leaves so you could simply plant those if you want something smaller! Goldfish seem to not like pulling those too much (:
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2010, 08:56:38 PM »

hahaha I went to the pet store but they didnt have the java fern... I saw aquarium swordplant or whatever.. but I didnt get it (I r broke again cause I bought a ten gallon with all the fixings, as well as Algae snacks and tubifex worms)
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2010, 11:13:35 PM »

Goldies do like to redecorate.  We had a banana plant buried, and they not only dug it up, but they managed somehow to place it on the roof of their plastic log- at least six inches above the ground!  We just got them one of those air-powered treasure chests, and they swam over to it, took one look, then looked back at us as if to say, "That is just too tacky!" Wink
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2010, 11:27:51 PM »

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA My fish are pretty good about leaving my fake plants alone. mind, they can barely move the big heavy jewels on the bottomw to GET to the plants, so I think i did pretty good there hahaha
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2010, 03:07:44 AM »

I still prefer the real plants as I also like to see young and fresh branches growing.
Some of them I covered their roots with gravel and on top glass pebbles, they are fine. Smiley
The other Elodea pieces now are floating on the surface Undecided, well it is time to redecorate, lol
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2010, 01:30:24 AM »

This is our aquarium after I cleaned the tank, and Humphrey and Hepsiba happy racing
after the new set up Cheesy
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2010, 12:50:39 PM »

That is a beautiful set up!! Smiley they look so happy just sitting there all prettyful like.. Smiley
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2010, 01:00:31 PM »

Those are some really nice pictures and some realy healthy and happy looking fish! Cheesy
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2010, 01:03:50 PM »

I like that second picture there. Kinda looks like he (or she... which fishy is that?) is smiling at the camera ahahaha Tongue I wish my fish would stay still
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2010, 06:36:02 PM »

THANK YOU, LADIES,

well, we do not know who is he or she, so we cannot tell who's Humphrey and who's Hepsiba, LOL Grin
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2011, 04:06:10 AM »

I suppose it's easy to get carried away when decoratng, especially when there are so many nice decorations and plants out there!!
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2011, 06:26:34 AM »

My goldfish have a inch deeep cater of no gravel thats where they dig and search for food all day.
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2011, 02:00:51 PM »

Mine fill up all craters! D8 They dig everywhere, and then they just push all the gravel into the holes, which is why I don't bother smoothening the gravel when I'm done vacuuming it! Grin
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2011, 07:36:18 AM »

my tank is54litres for two goldfish both 2 inches long,is this too small?because I have heard of fish getting stunted by small aquariums. Cool
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2011, 08:17:47 PM »

Yes it is to small you need a 80 liter soon. But the fishwill be fine in the 80 liter for the rest of their live.
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2011, 03:16:19 AM »

No, no, and no. Please buy at least a 100 liter tank for your goldfish Smiley Just because they need a MINIMUM of 40L per fish, doesn't mean that keeps them happy. They'll be two huge fish before you know it, and extra space is always good.
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2011, 05:24:26 AM »

Ok get that I guess. Cheesy
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2011, 12:30:45 PM »

One thing that I do recommend about decorations... stick with natural  looking decor.
Even if they are fake plants, use realistic colors.

We set up a 55 gallon tank at a lfs that I worked at one time. On one end the tank was all natural colors, the other was a collection of fake colors. Red, blue, pink, green... so on and so on.

All the fish stayed on the natural color side.
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Re: Decorating an aquarium- How much is too much?
« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2011, 02:54:19 AM »

Dragonii: Very interesting... c: I've always been encouraging natural looks in tanks either way, but I never knew that the fish would actually be bothered by those colorful items..
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