Aquascaping Ideas You Have Not Tried Yet: Tips for Beginners

Aquascaping Ideas You Have Not Tried Yet: Tips for Beginners

I assume you are completely new to aquascaping and you want some handy tips to help you become a pro after weeks of practice. If that’s the case, this fish farming guide is for you. With that said, here are some of the best aquascaping ideas that you have not tried yet.

According to Fluval Aquatics, you need to pay attention to the basics even before you think of getting technical with the design. And that means starting by addressing what’s more important, which is the focus of the project.

WHERE TO START

In most aquascaped tanks, the hardscape consisting of wood and rocks is a given. Will they be the main focal point, or is this honor given to your plants? You also need to consider the plants themselves; low to medium light-plants require less maintenance, lighting and nutrient input versus high-light plants. You may really like a certain type of look but be aware of what the plants require as this will drive much of your aquarium hardware investment: Low-tech = less expensive, high-tech = more expensive.

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Addressing the initial parts of the project shouldn’t be hard. It all comes down to understanding what you want to achieve in the end.

One problem every beginner has is the fear of thinking outside the box. If this is something you haven’t tried before, Wet Web Media recommends you do so.

Think outside the box

If you aquarium is a slice of reality, then in your mind’s eye you need to imagine the riverbank or lake shore that it’s part of. Trees, sedges, reeds and many other plants may have their roots in the water, but mostly grow above it. Using large pieces of bogwood or bamboo canes it is possible to create the illusion of an ‘outside world’ by letting the tops of these things poke out above the water. Plastic plants attached to the hood or the rim of the tank can be allowed to trail into the water, suggesting a verdant bank of vegetation partially submerged by the water.

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Besides, the only way to bring out the best from your fish tank is to make it look different from the many tanks already out there.

If you have never implemented the golden rule, the Aqua Design PT recommends doing so. The goal of this rule is to add an appeal to your creation to make it look beautiful to the eyes.

Use the golden rule

The Golden rule as been around for ages, maybe almost as long as man itself. It is found everywhere, art, nature, construction. It basically is used to measure how to make something, albeit being a painting, picture or in this case a aquascape more appealing to the eyes. This is normally located 2/3 of the tank, basically, centered layouts do not look natural and apealing to the human eyes. But if you place your focal point, a bit to one of the sides, to follow this rule, you’ll see your scape instantly looking better.

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The golden rule is interested because there are no restrictions on where to use it. In other words, you can use it to design your fish tank the same way you would use it in landscaping.

Conclusion

These aren’t the only aquascaping ideas that can help you take your design to the next level. We recommend that you check out our home page to get more ideas that can help you create the best fish tank.

 

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

No Aquascaping guide for beginners out there that stresses more on style than we do. That’s because we believe that style goes hand in hand with creativity. And given that there aren’t any limits to what you can create when it comes to designing your fish tank, anything goes. However, if you are still struggling to get your design right, here are a few options for inspiration.

The Dutch Style is ranked first on the Aquarium Guide. This style has been around for a very long time, and it is easy to implement.

Dutch Style 

This style is characterized by many different types of plants with multiple leaf types. It’s commonly seen with raised ‘layers’, or terraces, known as Dutch ‘streets’. The floor is covered by either a carpet, or plants, with taller plants lining the back of the tank. Most noticeably, it usually has no hardscape—you won’t see much, if any, stone or driftwood in Dutch tanks.

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The Dutch Style is unique because it is something you have never tried before. And because it is simple to implement, you definitely want to try it.

Takashi Amano is one of the best aquarist that ever lived. And according to Planted Cube, he came up with a unique fish tank design, the Iwagumi Style.

Iwagumi Style

This is one of the most popular Aquascaping styles of the moment. It has been made popular by the father of contemporary Aquascaping, “Takashi Amano”. The Iwagumi style primarily revolves around the golden ratio and rule of thirds. Because the Iwagumi style balances on the use of stone it is advised you use odd numbers of it. The reason for this is to make sure your layout doesn’t balance, so you won’t view the layout as just one kind.

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If you are looking for a style that obeys the rule of proper balance, then you should not think twice about trying the Iwagumi Style.

Home DIT also recommends some of the best styles in the world, including options that you might never even think of as a person.

Moody Aquarium Sink

Another interesting design is this sink. It’s a combination of a regular sink and an aquarium. It’s called the Moody Aquarium Sink and it’s a wash basin that doubles as a lighted fish aquarium. It’s a very interesting idea but besides the beautiful design meant to be pleasant to the eyes, the fish could probably find several things that are wrong with this piece.

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To get the most out of these designs, it would be best to pick the ones you find interesting, and then implement them accordingly.

Conclusion

Many aquarists often appraise designs by Takashi Amano, probably because he was the father of fish tank design. But of course, you are spoiled for choice beyond his designs. So, you shouldn’t limit yourself when it comes to trying things out.

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

Choosing the best fish for your fish tank can be tricky for sure. But, if done right, you will have the right type of fish in your tank for the long haul. If you have no idea how to get started on this, then this guide is for you.

According to Live Aquaria, the first thing you need to do is to determine the category of fish that you would like to keep in your fish tank.

Determine the Category of Fish

To repeat what we mentioned earlier, there are over 3000 species of fish available. To help make your search for the right fish easier, we have divided the most commonly available tropical fish into 7 main categories. Each one of these categories contains fish that are similar in many of their traits. However, it should be emphasized that this listing is just an outline and there are often many unique differences between fish in the same family and individual research into each specific species should be done before making your final decision.

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With different categories out there, you are obviously not restricted to what you can choose. The category to choose comes down to personal preference anyway.

A post on TFH Magazine stresses that it is important to consider the health of the category of the fish you plan to keep in your fish tank.

Determine Health of the Fish

Look for obvious signs of disease on the fish’s body or any behavior that suggests the fish might be ill. This takes some careful observation, not just a cursory glance, so be sure to watch the specimen for a sufficient amount of time.

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At the end of the day, you don’t want to keep unhealthy fish in your tank. So, it’s important to concentrate on their health first before buying.

According to Wiki How, it is important to make sure you choose fish that will actually fit in your fish tank.

Choose Fish that Fit the Tank

If you already have an aquarium, you can use its size to help inform your decision regarding which fish to purchase. Do a little online research—or talk to knowledgeable sales staff at a pet store—to see how large specific species of fish will grow to be.

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Of course, it doesn’t make sense to buy fish in bulk if they will outgrow your fish tank. So, it is important to do your homework before spending money on fish.

Conclusion

Now that you know what to look at before picking the type of fish to store in your tank, it should be easy to make the right decision on the exact fish to choose and keep for the longest time possible.

Best Aquascaping Videos to Watch

Best Aquascaping Videos to Watch

Aquascaping design is one of the best arts on the planet. It is all about re-creating the beauty of God’s green earth in a form that shows our appreciation for the environment. Sometimes, there is no better way to understand Aquascaping patterns than to watch the best aquarium videos. Here are the top 3 to check out right now.

The first video worth checking out is the one uploaded by the OMG Channel. The video shows you the actual aspect of the underwater. You also get to see what aquarium life is all about.

Video by OMG Channel

Aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants, as well as rocks, stones, cavework, or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium—in effect, gardening under water. Aquascape designs include a number of distinct styles, including the garden-like Dutch style and the Japanese-inspired nature style.Typically, an aquascape houses fish as well as plants, although it is possible to create an aquascape with plants only, or with rockwork or other hardscape and no plants.

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The video is almost half an hour in length. This means you have a lot to learn from it, whether you are new to aquascaping or you have knowledge on it already.

If you have ever wanted to check the best aquascaping examples of all time, then you should check the video by Aquamaniac.

Aquarium Video by Aquamaniac

Aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants, as well as rocks, stones, cavework, or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium—in effect, gardening under water. Aquascape designs include a number of distinct styles, including the garden-like Dutch style and the Japanese-inspired nature style.

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The video is about three years old. But, I do feel it is an important video to watch, because it gives a glimpse of the best of the underworld.

The last video I would like you to check out the one done by one George Farmer.

Best Aquascaping Shop in the World

This is my visit to Green Aqua in Hungary. The best aquascaping and planted aquarium shop I have ever seen so far. With over 20 beautiful planted aquascapes to inspire the customers it an amazing shop. I hope you enjoy the video, I had lots of fun making it, if you want to see more videos like this then please support me by subscribing.

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I believe this is the best video because it shows you the best aquascaping shop in the world. You wouldn’t believe that such a shop existed if it weren’t filmed.

Conclusion

There are many videos out there. But we think that the ones we have recommended are helpful because they are somewhat long. For a person that loves visuals, I should say there is a lot to learn here. So, take your time, and watch the videos repeatedly if you have to.

A Guide to Creating a Perfect Aquascape

A Guide to Creating a Perfect Aquascape

We have said time and again that aquascaping design is an art. In other words, Aquascaping is a project whose level of perfect depends on your creativity and the limits of your thinking. If you are a beginner, though, you still have to learn the nitty gritty of creating a perfect aquarium. Here is a guide for you.

The planning phase is usually the trickiest part. As advised on Totally the Bomb, planning for the project should come first.

Create a Plan for the Project

Plan according to the space you have. You obviously don’t want to buy a tank larger than the space you plan to put it in. I suggest pre-measuring the space intended to house the aquarium that way when you are buying one, you know exactly the size you can get.

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After all, every project must have a plan to succeed. This obvious thing doesn’t need a constant reminder.

According to Business Insider, you need to determine the type of water to use on your aquarium. And then, stick to it throughout the project.

Choosing the Best Water

Although saltwater fish can be extremely exotic, they cost significantly more than freshwater fish. Also, saltwater fish come with unique challenges; these fish often refuse to eat when they first enter the aquarium, and their tanks require much more upkeep. This being said, once the nitrogen cycle is established, the water quality in saltwater tanks maintains better than the water in freshwater tanks, partly due to the live rock in saltwater tanks.

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For beginners, it is best to use fresh water all the time. That’s because fresh water aquariums are always easy to maintain.

According to Pet Helpful, the most important – and perhaps the more demanding – task is to maintain the aquarium.

Maintaining the Aquarium

So for the first six weeks or so, you should do water changes weekly. Most fish keepers would recommend regular water changes of about 10 to 20 percent of the tank water every two weeks. However, because the ammonia levels are going to be pretty high for the next three to four weeks of the cycle, it is recommend to do these water changes weekly to reduce the ammonia levels so the fish will not die.

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Maintaining an aquarium is hard work. You need to dedicate enough to it. That’s the only way you can be sure you have a good project in place.

Conclusion

I should say that there is no one-size-fits-all formula as far as this art goes. But, you do have to keep in mind that it is important to observe the basics of aquascaping design if you are to get things right from the word go.