Aquarium Lighting and Decoration

Any serious enthusiast will tell you that fish tank aquariums are not mere boxes of water and fish; rather they are mini ecosystems that need to be carefully built and cultivated. One of the greatest joys of being an aquarist is the act of personalizing and accessorizing their very own aquariums. At this part of the aquarium experience, hobbyists are literally building a world for their pets to live in. Lighting and decorating your aquarium adds immersion to the viewing experience, and helps to conceal unsightly fish tank components such as pumps, filters, and tubes.  Adding ornaments and accessories also serves a purpose beyond aesthetics; they provide additional surface area for the ammonia converting bacteria to thrive upon, improving the tank’s long term habitability. On the downside, these accessories take up precious space, displacing water volume and lowering the maximum population of the fish tank. Lighting can also wreak havoc on the stability of the water temperature. Before installing any lighting, make sure your temperature control system can handle the additional load.

Fish tank aquarium backgrounds are a cheap and simple way to add some extra marine atmosphere to any set up. These backgrounds could be a painting, a marine landscape, or made up of just a single solid color. Prices vary depending on the size and design.  Some aquarists choose to just get elaborate backgrounds and don’t add internal accessories, while others choose to get simpler backgrounds, and then continue to enhance the look of their fish tank aquariums by adding ornaments and accessories in the water.

Another cheap way to add character to your aquarium would be to add stones or rocks.   Aquarists must keep in mind that not just any rock will do; any items that will be placed inside the tank must be non toxic and chemically inert. Even the slightest change in the pH levels of the water could have adverse effects on its habitability. Stones are the safer accessory option, but hobbyists that want a rock can choose to purchase fake ones at their local fish or pet store.

The addition of driftwood or bog wood is also another way to make your aquarium more interesting. It can also provide some privacy and protection for fish that wish to occasionally get away from the tank’s other occupants. The addition of wood might lower the pH of the water, so aquarists must first make sure that this doesn’t compromise the tank’s habitability.

Some people choose to have their tank décor act as undersea dioramas, depicting a certain site or event. Fake shipwrecks, divers, and treasure chests can be used together to tell a story of sorts, while making your fishtank distinct and unique. Corals and shells add a distinctly marine touch, and can be used in conjunction with natural or artificial aquatic plants to give a more authentic look. A responsible fish keeper must make sure that any item placed in the water is free of any dangerous compounds, toxins, sharp edges, or anything that could endanger the fish. The best way to ensure the habitability of the water would be to allow it to run for a full day without any fish but with all the components, ornaments, and accessories in place. The fishtank can then be tested before any fish are added.

Fish tanks need to have their own lighting fixtures installed in order to fully replicate the natural habitat of fish and marine life. Fish deprived of lighting tend to be unhealthier, more sluggish, and less vibrant. This is because they are unable to sync their behavioral cycles, which they naturally do via the day/night light cycle.  Fish keepers can also use lighting to enhance the look of their aquariums.  Many fish stores offer a wide range of different bulbs, fixtures, and accessories available to meet any n