Decorating A Vertical Fish Tank

Vertical fish tanks have recently become a hit in a lot of house holds. A long time ago, creating vertical fish tanks posed a challenge because the water pressure builds up the taller the tank, and this will eventually cause the aquarium glass to crack. But these days, with new technologies emerging in the field of glass reinforcement, better sturdier glass and even acrylic has allowed aquarium designers to produce taller and broader variations that they once could not. This allowed a lot of creative and space maximization with the cylindrical and hexagonal tanks.

But though they look awesome, they do however pose a problem when it comes to fish tank decorations. Any fish tank decor you place in there would occupy the base of the aquarium but leave the rest of it looking bare and empty. No matter how tall the tank ornaments are, they would not sufficiently fill up the room. And then, if you do manage to get some form of decorations that is tall such as driftwood and place it in the tank, it will eat a lot of the swim space meant for the fish. Being vertical, the tanks are generally very narrow.

However, if you do have one, there is a way to decorate them superbly and that is by combining base aquarium decor with floating ones.

Base Aquarium Decor For Vertical Tanks

In a vertical aquarium, the decorations that you place at the base generally go unnoticed. Is is because the main view is in the middle of the tank. To compensate for this, you may want to select tank accessories that are very colorful. Then, to make them lively and fill up some space, you should arrange the rocks or ornaments to form a hill, with the peak directly in the middle of the tank base.

Another important factor that you need to consider is to provide your fish with a cave. Vertical aquariums leave the fish exposed to scrutiny all day. The constant attention that the fish gets will eventually make it feel stressed and they would want to hide away and rest. So ensure that the base decor provides the fish an opening to enter when they feel the need.

Floating Aquarium Decorations

With the base of the fish tank settled, your next step is to have some form of fish tank decoration that floats on the top and hangs towards the bottom. Some good ideas for this would be floating plants. These plants have long roots that hang downwards filling up the empty spaces with their roots. These plants will not just be thee for decorative purposes, but if you do have fish fry in the future, they will also provide cover for the fry as they grow.

These days you would also be able to get tank ornaments that float freely around the tank. These ornaments are made to look like fish and even have hinged tails. As the water cycles around the tank, these artificial fish seem to swim as if they were real. One of the most popular of these for people keeping vertical tanks are the ones that look like jellyfish. They would move slowly from top to bottom and at night when the lights are out, would emit an eerie glow that makes the aquarium look absolutely spectacular.

Source by Timothy Kessler

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