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Aquarium Decorations----Creating Homes For FishesSubmitted By: Tomy
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Aquarium decorations are not only beautiful to look at they also have an
important purpose. They provide fishes with homes---- hiding places and natural
borders resembling their natural habitat. There are many different types of
decorations, for instance Cave dwelling fishes love aquarium decorations that
structure like caves, holes and crevices. Whereas Fishes that live in dense
vegetation prefer plants and other types of tiny hiding places. Decorations are
crucial for a happy and healthy aquarium they also keep fishes from getting
bored.
Tanks: There are many variants of tanks big, small, quadrilateral or polygonal.
The size of an aquarium should be according to the size and the number of fishs
you plan to keep.Also tanks come in a variety of tinted glasses.
Plants: They are the the most beautiful, inexpensive source of decoration for
your aquariums. Fishes love the aquatic plants as they are part of their natural
habitats. They come in all varieties, costing anywhere from a few bucks to
hundreds. Plants are very useful as well; they bind carbon dioxide and oxygenate
the water. They also use organic waste products as nutrition and remove
potentially harmful compounds from the water. Plants can also be used to keep a
check on the water quality of an aquarium; the plant will start dieing before
the fish if the water suddenly becomes toxic.
Wood, Rock and Coral: An aquarium can be like a miniature true habitat for the
fishes with these decorations. Drift wood and mangroves can create a beautiful
effect in the aquarium, plus some fishes particularly thrive on Drift wood. But
be careful as Drift wood might lower pH levels and the hardness of the water. So
it is best used in aquariums with soft slightly acid water. Stones and rocks
make excellent decorations. But again caution is needed; you should never use
rocks that affect your water?s pH levels or stones that might contain toxins.
There are also fake rocks that resemble real rocks, but these are pretty
expensive. Rocks can be used to create caves which many fishes are passionate
about. Coral are a beautiful addition to marine aquariums; in fact they may
prove necessary for a healthy marine habitat. But can be dangerous to fresh
water aquarium and should not be used as they be harmful.
Gravel or sand: Both are great both come in a variety of color. Gravel comes in
white, brown and black, or blue, red, green, yellow the whole rainbow spectrum.
Sand again also has a plethora of colors white, black, blue, yellow, red, green.
Both of these can be layered in multiple colors.
Glass marbles, Ceramics, Plastic: Ok all are unnatural materials and might look
slightly tacky, but fishes don?t give a fig for this, they enjoy them
enormously. Glass marbles though are not a good bottom substrate out of a
biologically as flora does not thrive on them, can add beautiful colors to the
aquarium. It?s best to use them sparingly or add another more functional
substrate below. Ceramics are excellent aquarium decorations. All sizes and
shapes can be used as long as they do not have sharp edges. However ceramics
tend to grow algae that might be hard to. Plastic they are cheap, colorful and
yes tacky, but can be found in a variety of fun shapes. Treasure chests, skulls,
divers, pirates, plants and ships you name it and stores have them.
It is imperative that you only use aquarium decorations that are safe to use in
aquariums. If you have salt water aquariums they should be saltwater-safe also.
If you don?t take this precaution your fish will die due to the organisms and
toxins released by the decorations
Decorations have both practical and aesthetical use if done tastefully and
carefully you can create a miniature aquatic ecosystem that both you and your
fish can enjoy.









- The saltwater aquarium is not recommended for the beginner
aquarist. It is however uncommon for beginner aquarists to even wish to start
out with a saltwater aquarium instead of a freshwater aquarium. Setting up a
basic saltwater aquarium is much more expensive than setting up a basic
freshwater aquarium, and this means that it is typically the dedicated aquarist
with years of freshwater experience that decides to spend the necessary money on
a saltwater aquarium. The film "Finding Nemo" did however cause a saltwater
boom, since a lot of people who saw the film wanted to keep a "Nemo fish", i.e.
a marine clownfish. Unfortunately, a lot of clownfishes ended up in the hands of
unsuitable keepers that weren't prepared to spend enough time, effort and money
on their new pet. If you are a comparatively inexperienced aquarist, you can
still become a highly successful saltwater aquarist if you are prepared to spend
a lot of time and energy on learning how a saltwater aquarium really works.
Investing in suitable equipment and choosing some of the hardiest saltwater
species will also greatly increase your chance of success. Do not hesitate to
contact a saltwater aquarium club or a saltwater aquarium forum online and ask
for advice and guidelines. Most saltwater aquarists are happy to share their
knowledge with new aspiring saltwater aquarists. One of the reasons why
saltwater aquariums are more difficult to maintain than freshwater aquariums is
that marine species tend to be much less tolerant to organic waste products and
other forms of pollution. The enormous water mass that constitutes the ocean
will rapidly dilute organic waste down to very low levels. Marine creatures are
therefore not used to high levels of soluble waste and do not know how to cope.
There are of course many freshwater species to be found that are also highly
sensitive to organic waste and very difficult to keep in aquariums. Generally
speaking, it is however much easier to find sturdy freshwater species since
freshwater fish can live in small lakes and even puddles where the levels of
organic waste can reach very high levels. Compared to marine species, these
fishes will also typically be more suited to cope with all forms of change. In a
smaller body of water, the temperature can for instance shift rapidly. Water
hardiness and pH can also be affected by external factors. Trying to keep the
environment in a freshwater aquarium as stable as possible is therefore good
training if you plan on setting up a saltwater aquarium in the future. The
overall chemistry and ecology are also different in a saltwater aquarium, since
the presence of salt affects chemical as well as biological processes. This is
however not only a problem, it is also a possibility. You will for instance be
able to use a protein skimmer in a saltwater aquarium; a very powerful form of
filtration that will remove tiny organic waste particles before they begin to
decompose. About the Author Allen Jesson writes for several sites including the
UK's leading retailer of aquariums and fish tanks and an excellent information
resource for any owner of a salt water or fresh water aquarium or a tr

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