Aquascaping is an art that’s limited only to your thoughts and imagination. Besides using existing styles to create an aquarium for home, you can also improve the design patterns that are already out there. As you continue to embrace the art of Aquascaping, it is important to learn important dos and don’ts to help you create an aquarium that stands out. Whether you plan to design an aquarium for home, office, or for sale, here are the most important dos and don’ts of Aquascaping to keep in mind.

Light is one of the most important elements for a perfect aquarium. According to Tetra Fish, it is important to have the right kind of light in your tank. Also, you need to make sure that the temperature in the tank is in the right range.

Do Proper Heating and Lighting

Maintain the right aquarium temperature with the easy-to-set Whisper® Submersible Heater. To make temperature reading easy, consider purchasing an adhesive temperature strip that can be applied to the outside of your aquarium glass. They are inexpensive and available at your local fish retailer. Fluorescent lighting has been the traditional light source and is readily available; however, consider LED lighting, which is more cost-effective to operate and lasts longer than traditional light sources.

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Florescent light is the most common form of light in most tanks. But you aren’t limited to the type of light you can use to light up the aquarium. Experts even suggest that it would be great if you consider LED light.

Did you know that many aquarists don’t really change water in their tanks for a very long time? And that’s not really a sound approach to building and maintaining an aquarium. As stated by Aquatic Eden, you need to be changing the water regularly. 

Change 30% to 50% of the Water Every Week

Do change 30-50% of the aquarium’s water every 1-2 weeks. This is variable based on fish load and filtration, but not on the aquarium’s size. From 1 gallon to 100 gallons, 30-50% is a good rule of thumb. This removes all the toxins and excess nutrients that build up in the water.

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If you have not been changing the water in your tank, it might take awhile before you get used to changing such a larger percentage of water. But you can be sure it is for the good of your tank.

One of the most common mistakes that many beginners make is overstocking their tanks. Unless you don’t your aquarium to support life the right way, Reef Tank suggests that you should be as meticulous as possible when stocking the tank.

Never Overstock Your Tank

Don’t overstock you tank. This is also one of the most common mistakes for beginners. Tanks can only successfully support a certain amount of life in them and this is based upon a number of factors. Some of these are volume, surface area, aeration, circulation, filtration (mechanical and biological), maturity, quantity and frequency of water changes, flow, number of fish and inverts etc etc. It is better to start slow and small and build your way up. Talk to your local marine aquarium retailer for advice on stocking levels.

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Even from your own point of view, it does appear that overstocking your tank won’t even make sense. One of the golden rules that stand as far as Aquascaping goes is less is always more.

Final Thoughts

There are other dos and don’ts that we haven’t covered, but you can find them in the references that we have provided in each section. These rules will help you create an aquarium that not only has the right balance of resources, but also one that lasts for a very long time.