If there is one thing that is for sure, it is that Aquascaping is all about being as creative as you can possibly get. It is an artificial marine life of a kind, and what you make it look is only limited to your skills, imagination, and inspiration. For beginners, this art can feel like an uphill task. But as long as you can build a fish tank design and fill it up with water, building the tank into an aquarium, while not a walk in the park, shouldn’t be difficult.
Perhaps the most important technique beginners need to master is the art of keeping the fish tank as simple as possible. Current USA is not the only blog that supports the idea of less is more. And it is best to keep it that way.
Less is more – keep it simple! Not overcrowding the tank is essential for your fish’s health. Though many species of fish enjoy, or even require, some plant growth in their habitats, too much of it is never a good thing. (The natural habitats most aquarium fish are found in tend to have only a couple types of plants or rocks. Using too many different types or colors of artificial plants will make the aquascape fake looking and not very realistic.)
Overcrowding a fish tank doesn’t make it look good. That’s because it destroys fish health and the aquarium as a whole. To make a fish tank stand out, it is best if you keep it simple.
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes new aquarists make is failing to do plant and fish research. If you would like to step the right food forward, Fish Lore recommends doing your research first.
Ideally, you should research and decide on the fish and any other animals you want to keep before you even buy a tank. Many freshwater hobbyists think the common pleco is a cool fish to have and indeed it is. But, the common pleco really has no place in a tank smaller than 55 gallons as adults.
If you fail to do research, you won’t even have a clue on what you are doing. Conducting a research is important because it enables you to have the right plants and fish in the fish tank.
One thing that aquarists rarely do is to balance life and death in a fish tank. But Wet Web Media suggests that’s a good idea to use this approach to create an outstanding aquarium.
As aquarists, we’re drawn to healthy-looking fish and plants, but death and decay are natural parts of aquatic ecosystems. While I’m not advocating dumping a bunch of dead fish in your tank, you can still try to evoke a sense that the natural cycle of life and death is going on in the background. Empty snail shells, for example, can work very well for this, as will a judiciously placed bogwood root.
It is not really a must to use this approach. But there is really nothing wrong with evoking the natural cycle of life in a fish tank.
Now that you have learned some cool aquarium techniques, it is best to put them into practice to see what you get. As with everything in life, building a perfect aquarium requires patience, hard work, and consistent practice.