As you decorate more and more tanks, you will learn to see what looks good and what doesn’t.
Aquascaping can turn a bare tank into a real showpiece. Aquascaping will provide a feeling of safety for your aquatic friends, help to cover up bare spots and equipment, and will enrich the look of your aquarium.
Creating a beautiful tank will also help to educate family and visitors on species and their natural environments, and provide your fish with a natural looking habitat that they will flourish in.
- Beginner Tips for aquascaping
Here are some tips that will help you understand the basics of good aquascaping:
1. Keep it clean
Keep your water and aquarium glass clean so that your aquascape will really shine. Nothing ruins a good scene quicker than dirty water and particles floating all over the place.
2. Don’t make everything symmetrical
If you looked at the natural environment of your fish, you would not find stones set exactly 2 inches apart, or a lake with only one type of plant grouped in bunches of three for miles.
3. Make rocks look natural
Pile a few small stones together and then put one off to the side as if it had tumbled down from the pile over time. Use stones that are similar in the extent that they have been worn over time by water movement.
For example, avoid putting one craggy looking rock in the middle of a bunch of smooth stones.
4. Pay close attention to color
Pay close attention to color. Not all rocks in nature are the same color, because they have been bleached out by water and sunlight. Add a few odd-colored stones to enhance the appearance of a grouping.
5. Plan, plan, plan!
Plan how to decorate your aquarium! If needed, sketch out your layout before you begin, so that you have a good idea where everything will look. It’s not a mandatory step but it’s advised to do it, especially if you are a beginner in aquascaping!
6. Add the water first
Don’t aquascape a tank without water, because once it is added, plants will spread out and look different. Try filling the tank halfway to aid in determining how something will really look.
Check library books for pictures of your species’ geographicalenvironment to give you ideas on how a setup can be aquascaped to look natural.
If you have friends that are in fishkeeping, you should learn from them and maybe get some help too 🙂
8. Have a focal point
Try to have at least one main point of interest in your aquascape such as an unusual, beautifully shaped rock or a stunning plant. Group other objects around to highlight the point of interest and guide your eye toward it naturally. Take advantage of a point of interest by using it to tell illustrate a natural area.
For example, a hollowed out log can make a great point of interest for natural breeding if it is surrounded by broad-leafed plants that shelter it.
9. Think natural
The best advice is to try to use wood and stones from the same region for aquascaping. Don’t mix apples and oranges.
Keep it natural instead.When aquascaping, keep your fish’s natural habitat in mind. A natural tank shows the beauty of your fish in a better light and allows them the freedom to act more naturally.
Many native decorations such as plants, rocks, and wood have a lot to do with the successful spawning of many freshwater species.By providing natural conditions in your aquarium, you can enjoy the environmental interactions that make aquarium keeping so fascinating
10. Think outside the box
Why not use aquarium-safe silicone to add small stones to the back wall of the tank in the shape of a rock hill? (Make sure the rocks are close together to avoid dead spots in water flow.)
Let your imagination run wild. Try turning your true creative talents into a reality by experimenting with different techniques.
11. Avoid crowding
This is a beginner mistake. Don’t cram your tank with so much aquascaping that food will become trapped and foul the tank. Leave enough space to vacuum the tank as needed.
Keep in mind that your plants will need to grow as well. Leave enough room for them to flourish naturally
12. Suit aquascaping to species
Some species such as many cichlids can quickly tear up and destroy a beautifully aquascaped tank. Make sure the plants and rocks you choose match the personality of your fish.
For example, large fish such as pacus do not seem to like large plastic objects such as divers and will pull them up. Goldfish may eat live plants. Plecos will dig up plants that are not buried deep in gravel.