When you decided to get your own pet fish, you probably knew it’s not gonna come cheap. While it’s common to spend money on the best kinds of fishes you want in your home, fish tank decorations need not be expensive. You can easily create a paradise for your fish with just a little bit of money.
Here are 4 slick ways to decorate your aquarium on a budget.
1. Rock It
Rocks can brighten up any aquarium, but not all rocks are cheap. You can go around your area to get rocks in nature, but make sure you check its effect in pH. Give the rocks a chlorine bath before placing them in your tank to make sure it does not kill your fish.
River stones are ideal because of their shape and environment. You can actually create caves and hiding places for your fish just by using large rocks instead of buying a $20 castle. Just make sure the rocks are sturdy enough not to fall on your fishes.
Just with the right rocks, you can already brighten up your tank. Use bright yellow gravel for a sunshine theme or sea-blue gravel for a mermaid theme. This would be perfect if you’re keeping your tank in a child’s bedroom.
2. Keep it Green
Aquarium plants are usually inexpensive and easy to find. You can head out to any local pet store and purchase your choice of greens. Check if they have java moss or java fern which can grow into a real and amazing little jungle with the proper care.
Plastic plants could also work and are relatively cheaper, but check for any chemical or metal content before placing it in your fish tank. You can choose natural colors to make your fish feel right at home.
3. Be Playful
Pay a visit to your local toy store or look around at garage sales or even thrift stores for some cool plastic toys. Look for toys that are marked as non-toxic and do not contain any metal.
Placing metal decorations in your tank can bring rust. Ceramic toys can also be used. Imagine finding some plastic Star Wars toys and summoning the force in your fish tank. Solid rubber toys also work, just let your imagination run free.
Not a fan of those underwater posters as backdrops? Bring out your old comic books or posters and use them as your tank background! Print out on quality paper a galaxy background to make your fish tank out of this world. Compliment it with some plastic space ships. When choosing toys, avoid anything with sharp edges that can hurt your little buddies.
4. Your Cabinets Have What You Need
Small clay pots are classic fish tank decorations. But if you have antique teacups or cute Asian bowls hiding in your shelf, then it’s time to bring them out. Any glossy China can be placed straight into your tank, especially if made to hold food. If your pieces are matte, check if they are non-toxic.
Your fishes will enjoy the bowls and teacups as their own personal caves. Small vases also work as long as your fish can go in and out without getting stuck. Throw away any piece that has broken edges. You can practically decorate your tank with items in your house as long as you know where to look.