Claire Corlett

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How to Pick Fish Tank Decorations | Aquarium Care

How to Pick Fish Tank Decorations | Aquarium Care


To pick aquarium decorations, I recommend
you go to a local store and get the advice from somebody who works there. There are a lot of beautiful decorations that
you can pick for your tank and there’s also a lot of things that can be potentially be
dangerous for your tank. What I do recommend or actually don’t recommend
is that you find rocks, stones and pieces of wood from outside, that look great, that
you want to put in your tank or lets say you go to the beach and you grab some coral or
bottles. Some of those things can leach chemicals,
stuff that can hurt your tank, that can throw the pH off in your aquarium. So you really want to stick with aquarium
decorations that are suitable for your aquarium. The best place to get that, is at your local
fish store or online. Once you’ve got a selection in front of you,
you want to choose from plants, rocks. Things that are inert and won’t react with
the water, unless it is your goal to have the decorations help buffer the water chemistry. In certain situations, like for African cichlids,
people buy decorations that purposely release carbonates into the water to help buffer the
pH of the water. In general, you want to pick decorations that
are neutral. Plastic plants work great. You buy them with the little plastic anchors
that you can fill with gravel. That will help keep them weighted down. Some fish like to kick up the plants and redo
the tank decorations on their own. So you’ll find that the heavier the decorations
the better. And just build some caves. You want have a lot of water flow going in
and out of the rocks and the decorations so that a lot of the waste can get carried through
the water column and get picked up by the filtration. The fish also need places to hide and they’re
very territorial. So the more decorations you have in the tank,
within reason, the happier the fish will be. A very sparsely decorated tank will result
in some fish feeling very territorial and chasing the other tank mates and keeping them
up in a corner.

34 comments on “How to Pick Fish Tank Decorations | Aquarium Care

  1. You can go to the beach and pick whatever rocks you want for your tank, but when you get home wash them off and then boil them on the hob for about 5 minutes ! My whole surface is covered in stones I found which I boiled and my Turtle is fine, infact the only reason I changed the gravel is because the turtle was ill and so I emptied everything out and changed everything but I could not afford any new decoration!!

  2. Don't get any wild rocks. They could be unpredictable. I recommend rocks tamed by licensed professionals.

  3. Come on dont pick rocks and wood from the beach hahahahaja were do the aquarium stores get them from other planet.if you clean them it should be fine to go in your tank

  4. This really helped me I bought all my decorations from eBay and now I know that it's ok and hopefully not going hurt my fish but I still will clean them all before putting the in my tank

  5. I love the natural look, I get rocks from outside and never had a problem. I have some nice driftwood but its way to big for my five gallon, getting a 25 soon can't wait to add new plants and my driftwood to it!

  6. Someone help me I just bought a fish thingy mijiger but I bought it a petsmart is that ok or is it bad because I’ll take it out it’s a sign that say this way to the beach it’s a sign

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