Aquariums or fish tanks make a beautiful and peaceful addition to any home or office. The inside of the aquarium can become a changing showcase of decorations and plants. Some decorations can be homemade without harming fish or live plants.
Found items like granite chunks or driftwood make great decorations. Break them into pieces small enough for the aquarium and sterilize them by soaking them in a bucket of water for a week or two or boiling them in a pot for one to two hours.
PVC pipe, cut into small pieces, makes a great hiding place for fish. Algae can grow on the pipe to give it a more natural look. Make a little cave by placing aquarium adhesive on the pipe and then rolling it in aquarium gravel.
Do not take gravel, sand or plants from lakes, creeks or rivers, even if the water is healthy enough for aquarium fish. Fish living in the wild may need these items in order to spawn and to serve as hiding places for the newly hatched fry, according to "Tropical Fishlopaedia."
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- "Tropical Fishlopaedia": Mary Bailey and Peter Burgess; 2000
- Photo Credit driftwood image by Pefkos from Fotolia.com
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