Sure, we’ve all seen the normal aquarium-decorating techniques like colored rocks in the bottom, some fake seaweed, maybe a scuba-diver floating around. It’s the fish we want to see, anyway, right? Well, yeah, but why have a fantastic aquarium then make it boring and normal? Use some new and exciting decorating tips and you’ll have a real conversation piece in your home.
Craft stores are full of all sorts of miniatures that will look great in your fish tank. Colored rocks are fine in the bottom, or you can switch to flat craft marbles, which come in a variety of colors. Fake rocks are also a great addition to the tank; add a boulder in one corner of the tank to escape from the norm.
For a whimsical look there are any number of items you can give to your fish. Use a model car and place it grill-first into the rocks at the bottom. Or, flip it over on its back and bury it halfway in the rocks. The models come in various sizes to suit the size of your aquarium.
Other whimsical additions may include things like mini rubber boots, a mini ceramic toilet, a plastic dinosaur, a mini shopping cart, pretend foods, mini appliances, novelty fake teeth, a train set, and a mini tv or other electronics. Look around your local craft store and you’ll find dollhouse furnishings that are perfect, plastic skeletons, all sorts of animals, and much more.
Another thing you’ll find at craft stores is a variety of houses, usually made of ceramics or materials that can withstand being underwater. The houses come in all shapes and sizes and can be cute and cozy or just plain eerie. Or, omit the house and set the tank up like a particular room in your house: a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen – or even an outside barbecue scene complete with grill, hammock, and deck chairs.
Posters can make all the difference when it comes to decorating your aquarium. Choose a poster and tape it to the backside of the aquarium, on the outside. There are so many posters from which to choose, like famous people, the White House, village scenes, cartoon characters, or women in bikinis.
You can also choose a theme and decorate the entire aquarium with the theme. For the holidays, set up an entire Christmas village complete with reindeers waiting for Santa. Or, set a banquet table complete with turkey and all the trimmings. Glue various underwater mini’s to the chairs, like a dolphin, a crab, a seahorse, and other characters. Weigh the chairs down by gluing a metal washer to the underside of the seat.
There are also all sorts of items you can make for your aquarium. Use a small empty butter bowl to make a spa tub. Set a pair of skeletons in the tub, and glue tiny champagne glasses to their hands. Instead of skeletons, glue a couple of rubber sharks in the tub, or even an octopus. Contact cement will hold up underwater so use it for most aquarium crafts. Paint the bowl with a granite spray that you can find at any paint supply place. It comes in a set of one granite spray and one topcoat can. If you need to weigh the bowl down try gluing on some faux jewels or other stones, around the bottom of the bowl.
Use a large clear tube, mainly used for gerbil and hamster cages, to make an underground tunnel. Place mini cars, animals, kids and other items inside the tube and lay it in the bottom of the tank. The scene can be a traffic jam, people strolling on a sidewalk, or even an entire town, laid out in the tube.
Your aquarium doesn’t have to be normal and boring. It can be alive with humor or just unique in its decor. Look around your house, or a craft store, and try to spot things that are ceramic, glass, plastic or rubber, then dump them in the tank. You’ll get a kick out of the new look and so will your visitors.