Aquascaping your aquarium
5 expert tips for aquascaping your aquarium
- Make it achievable. Choose your style of aquascaping carefully, make sure that it is suitable for the level of experience that you have. Get advice from an aquatic specialist to choose fish that are appropriate for your chosen aquascape.
- Be inspired by nature. Avoid symmetry when aquascaping, and use the rule of three instead to divide your aquarium into sections, making sure that your elements are positioned in natural flowing shapes. You want your aquascape to look as though it has been formed slowly over time. Our back-to-nature backgrounds create an instantly authentic underwater environment, reducing the need for heavy planting. Aim for natural proportioning, for example using large gravel in a small aquarium will look out of place; a sand-like substrate would be a better choice.
- Choose quality. Select your suppliers of materials and plants carefully. Choosing top quality elements will look the most natural, and healthy plants will grow best in the right conditions. One of our recommended suppliers, Tropica, has an excellent range that is widely available.
- Start with simplicity. Don’t overfill your aquarium with flora and fauna. To create a balanced ecosystem takes time and planning, and fish need to be introduced gradually and carefully. However, bear in mind that a very minimalist aquascape can encourage more algae growth.
- Consider maintenance. Seek expert advice on the care of your plants and fish, and ensure that the style of aquascape you choose suits the time that you have available to maintain it.