When you have a new aquarium, adding decorations can be exciting and fun. A beautiful fish tank can be a great addition to the existing décor in your room, thus impressing your guests and enhancing the living space.
While many people tend to hire a professional for this task, it’s necessary to know that you can do it easily with a few simple items in your home. Not only does this save you money but it can also personalise the aquarium to show off your tastes.
Here are some great ideas on how to decorate a fish tank with household items.
1. Ceramic items
Ceramic parts and components can add a touch of art and beauty to your fish tank as they are available in a wide variety of colours and patterns. It’s simple to use ceramic pieces to set a specific mood or design your favourite theme.
For example, placing some Mexican-style plates at the backdrop for colour and flair or putting a ceramic vase inside so that your fish can swim in or out. If you want a bit of whimsy and class, consider some mismatched saucers and teacups or even the whole teapot if you have a big aquarium. Dishes and mugs can also be great hiding places for fish.
Basically, you can buy ceramic items at any decorating stores or box stores. Just make sure to check if they are safe to decorate. Unglazed ceramic parts are fine, but glazed ones should be labelled “dinnerware safe” or “food safe” to protect your fish.
2. Old glass bottles or jars
Another option that you would consider is to use recycled glass bottles or jars. Make sure to choose bright shades, such as blue or green, to bring in a beach-like feeling. All you need to do is removing the labels and cleaning out thoroughly the exterior and interior parts.
Keep in mind to get rid of all glue, or it can contaminate the water. Once you’ve prepared everything, just place these containers on the sides of the tank so that your fish can have enough space to swim and play around.
3. Novelty items and toys
You can find a variety of novelty items in most pet stores and add to a fish tank for decorative purposes. From mermaids and plastic drivers to treasure chests, these objects are ideal for creating a unique feel in your aquarium.
To add a sense of adventure, for example, you can place some treasure chests and a pirate ship. Also, mermaids, a tiny squid, and other magical items will bring in a fantastical world.
If you have kids in the family, toys are also a great option to keep your little ones interested in this “little ocean”. Keep in mind to avoid plastic products because they can leach toxic chemicals over time.
4. Pictures and paintings
One of the simplest and inexpensive ways to decorate your fish tank without putting things inside is to add a large painting or picture on the background.
For example, you can have a pic of the Hawaii beach or a starry forest. If you can’t find a suitable option, then consider creating your own one. Just purchase a large sheet of paper or canvas with the same size as the tank, then draw or paint a picture on the surface.
5. Live or plastic plants
Plants are undoubtedly one of the best options to add a touch of beauty to your fish tank. Besides, they can be useful in hiding away some ugly things such as a filtration system.
Keep in mind to grow a variety of plants in different sizes and leaf shapes to create visual textures. Also, placing them in the fish tank background instead of the foreground as they can block the view.
If you don’t have time to take care of live plants, plastic versions can be an option to consider. This might sound unappealing, but they can look quite like the real ones. However, make sure these products are designed for fish tanks to avoid leaching toxic chemicals.
As you can see, decorating a fish tank can be inexpensive and straightforward with available items in your household. If you want more creative ideas, check out the following clip: