Tank decor helps fish feel comfortable to come out of hiding and swim more freely. Natural-looking aquarium decorations such as plants, seaweed and driftwood encourage fish to display their natural behaviours and can even improve their scale colouring. Nowadays, there are so many fun and unusual options too, from glow-in-the-dark jellyfish to themed Disney and Marvel characters.
So, if you're looking for colourful, beautiful and unique fish tank decorations, read on. We've got lots of advice as well as ten picks of the most popular fish tank accessories from Amazon and eBay, made by brands such as Nickelodeon, Penn Plaxx and Hygger. Whether you want large or small, cheap or extra special fish tank decor, you'll find a great value option here!
Decorating your tank is a fun and inspiring task as there are so many excellent ways to add texture and shape to your fish's home. You might want to add a funny touch with a cartoon character, pretty it up with some floating foliage or even choose an ornament with built-in bubbles. Read on to find to how!
In order to make sure your tank or aquarium is a stimulating place where fish feel safe, you might choose a single theme or prefer to blend a few together. Several ornaments of different styles create a textured living setting for fish and bring you extra joy as you watch or tend to your scaly-finned friends.
Research shows that fish are more likely to display their natural behaviours and lead an active lifestyle if they live in an environment that replicates their ocean habitat. Adding live plants to a tank helps to oxygenate the water and provides a natural filter, but they can be costly and require a lot of upkeep.
Live plants can also transport snails into your fish tank, which is no bad thing until they begin to reproduce. Another downside is the risk that fish will eat the plants, a real pain for fish parents who just want to keep the tank looking vibrant. Real coral and driftwood can also bring parasites into the tank, so they're best avoided too.
Plastic tank plants, meanwhile, are affordable, low-maintenance and harmless to fish while still providing a naturalistic living space. They're easy to clean and do not require special lights, CO2 or fertilisers to thrive. Plastic plants add colour and texture to your home aquarium, while rocks and artificial driftwood emulate a real ocean floor.
Once you have added a few natural features to your fish tank, you might want to consider some novelty items to create a more compelling visual effect for you and your guests. Besides looking good, they'll also provide additional stimulation for playful fish to swim around and explore.
Pirate-themed fish tank ornaments such as skulls, shipwrecks and sunken treasure provide a poetic, fairy-tale narrative and can look either rustic or quirky depending on the colours and materials used. Sometimes you'll find an ornament that combines a lost-at-sea artefact with some natural-looking flowers or seaweed.
Another popular choice for fish lovers of all ages is to add ornaments shaped like well-known animated characters from Disney, Nickelodeon or even the Marvel franchise. Spongebob famously lived in a pineapple under the sea and now your fish can enjoy a similarly fruity hideaway.
If you're going for an ultra natural-looking fish tank setting, then Finding Nemo favourites or an underwater Groot may seem a little gaudy and out-of-keeping; but for those who love a particular film or want to add a humorous twist to their tank, these designs can be appealing.
Tropical fish, in particular, may be stimulated and reassured by brightly coloured tank ornaments that simulate the colourful coral reefs found in their natural habitats.
An over-crowded tank is not only time-consuming to clean and messy to look at, but it is also an unpleasant environment for fish to live in. Likewise, a very empty tank will leave fish feeling stressed as they have nowhere to hide or investigate. Carefully measure your tank and look for a good range of ornaments to fill it without overcrowding it.
If you have a rounded fish bowl, small, narrow pieces with a width of 10 cm or less are a good choice. Tall, slim ornaments also work well as you'll need to crowd them in the flat central base of your bowl. For long, square fish tanks, decorations measuring 15 cm in width or more can be laid out over gravel to provide an interesting landscape for your underwater mates.
The best fish tank ornaments are waterproof and durable enough to stay submerged under fresh and saltwater conditions without disintegrating or releasing toxins into the water. Resin and polyresin ornaments are two examples that are both water-resistant and won't add damaging chemicals to your fish's habitat.
Another benefit of resin fish tank ornaments, apart from their durability and non-toxicity, is that they are extremely easy to clean. Scrub them gently with a soft bristle brush to keep them free from the slime and mineral deposits that can build up over time.
Silicone decorations are fine too; silicone is used as a sealant in most standard fish tanks and also to clean the filter, so it is not harmful to fish.
While, of course, your aquarium or fish tank is a beautiful feature for the interior of your home, every fish fanatic's priority is the well-being and health of their water-dwelling wards. In this section, we'll look at features that are not only eye-catching for humans but bene-fish-al to your scaly pets too.
For an ornament that does more than sit and look pretty, consider an aquarium bubbler or air stone for your fish tank. These handy features pump tiny air bubbles into the water, which pop on the surface and draw oxygen into the water as a result. In turn, this improves the living conditions for fish and plants.
Some tank ornaments are designed to sit on top of the flexible tubing through which the air bubbles flow, making it look as though the bubbles are erupting from, say, a volcano or even a cartoon character's hair!
Double-check whether the air pump is included, though, as sellers often show bubbles in their images but the small print reveals the pump must be purchased separately. If this is the case, they'll usually set you back around £12-£15.
While a tank or aquarium with sufficient ornaments will provide some camouflage to help fish feel protected, a decoration with actual space to hide goes one step further! A cavern, house or hollow log could all serve as the perfect hiding spot for when fish need a calm, dark place to escape to.
A tank with no hiding places can cause fish to become stressed, which can cause their health to deteriorate, weaken their immune systems and even affect their colouring. By adding one or two ornaments with a peaceful, private spot for fish to relax, you'll ensure your pets live longer, more contented lives.
A final special feature that makes a garden-variety ornament into something more interesting is the addition of glow in the dark or UV-activated colours. Whether it's fake plants, scattered glowing pebbles or a more statement aquarium ornament, the addition of some colour helps your fish tank radiate with life at night.
Colourful, glowing ornaments may require a separate purchase of a black light, but the final effect is truly hypnotic, as the colours of the tank and the swirling movements of your fish create a gorgeous visual result. There is no evidence to suggest that glowing ornaments or fish tank lights have any adverse effect on fish.
Now it's time to float some of our favourite decorating ideas for your aquarium or fish tank. Including everything from simple logs to glowing jellyfish, we hope our picks really make a splash. Don't worry if you don't like our suggestions – there are plenty more fish tank ornaments in the sea!
|Dimensions||6.4 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm|
|Dimensions||19.3 x 17.5 x 6.8 cm|
|Material||Silicone, resin and ceramic|
|Dimensions||10 x 9 x 16 cm, 7 x 7 x 15 cm, 9 x 6 x 9 cm|
|Special Features||Hiding space|
|Dimensions||15.5 x 15.2 x 9.1 cm|
|Special Features||Bubble maker with UV light effect|
|Theme||Pirates and plants|
|Dimensions||11 x 13 x 14 cm|
|Special Features||Hiding space|
|Dimensions||11 x 10 x 13 cm|
|Special Features||Fits over air pump (not included)|
|Dimensions||5 x 12 cm|
|Special Features||Glow under UV light|
|Dimensions||13.2 x 8 x 5 cm|
|Material||Resin and plastic|
|Special Features||Fits over air pump (not included), lid opens and closes, diver floats|
|Theme||Shipwreck and plants|
|Dimensions||Boat 15 x 5.5 x 11.5 cm, plants 3 x 8 x 2 cm, stones 2 x 3 cm|
|Material||Resin, plastic and stone|
|Special Features||Glow in the dark stones|
|Dimensions||16 x 6.5 x 6 cm|
|Special Features||Hiding space|
Aquarium Decoration Tree Trunk
Shipwreck, Plants and Luminous Stones Ornament Set
Undersea Treasure Chest Diver Ornament
Six Glowing Jellyfish Ornaments
Groot Air Bubbler Decoration
Fish Tank Skull Ornament With Plants
Aquarium Volcano Bubbler Ornament
Rockery and Plants Fish Tank Ornament Set
The World of Nemo Crush Turtle Ornament
The Best Natural Driftwood Fish Hidey-Hole
A Party in Your Tank and Every Guppy's Invited
A Great Novelty Pick That's Not Too Gaudy
Colourful, Floating, Fish Tank Friends
Cute Character With Bubbles in His Hair
This Pirate-Style Skull Makes the Perfect Hiding Place
A Colourful Underwater Bubble Eruption
Transform Your Tank With Spongebob's Favourite Hangouts
Rocks and Foliage for a Naturalistic Fish Tank
Start Your Nemo Collection With Crush the Turtle
|Theme||Natural features||Shipwreck and plants||Pirates||Faux fish||Cartoon character||Pirates and plants||Natural landscape||Cartoon character||Natural features||Cartoon character|
|Dimensions||16 x 6.5 x 6 cm||Boat 15 x 5.5 x 11.5 cm, plants 3 x 8 x 2 cm, stones 2 x 3 cm||13.2 x 8 x 5 cm||5 x 12 cm||11 x 10 x 13 cm||11 x 13 x 14 cm||15.5 x 15.2 x 9.1 cm||10 x 9 x 16 cm, 7 x 7 x 15 cm, 9 x 6 x 9 cm||19.3 x 17.5 x 6.8 cm||6.4 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm|
|Material||Resin||Resin, plastic and stone||Resin and plastic||Silicone||Resin||Polyresin||Resin||Polyresin||Silicone, resin and ceramic||Polyresin|
|Special Features||Hiding space||Glow in the dark stones||Fits over air pump (not included), lid opens and closes, diver floats||Glow under UV light||Fits over air pump (not included)||Hiding space||Bubble maker with UV light effect||Hiding space||-||-|
Now you'll no longer have to fish for compliments on your at-home aquarium decor, you may be looking out for useful tools and toys for your other pets. Take a look at the links below for carefully curated rankings of helpful buys for cat- and dog-owners alike. We've found the very best buys from John Lewis, Argos, Amazon and more.
What could be more soothing than watching your fish wiggle their way around the tank, surrounded by glorious foliage, colourful flowers and your favourite underwater characters from TV and film? We hope you've fallen hook, line and sinker for these best-selling, highly ranked aquarium ornaments!
Author: Annie Hopkins
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