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For many fish tank hobbyists, aquascaping or aquarium aquascape design can be one of the
most enjoyable parts about setting up a fish tank. Decorating your aquarium can be quite fun,
but coming up with a good aquarium aquascape is not just about making the tank look nice. You
really should take into account the tank's future inhabitants when figuring out what you need to
do. This is where you get to exercise both sides of your brain to try and come up with
something that is not only nice to look at but something that is functional as well.
Research Fish and Animals First
Ideally, you should research and decide on the fish and any other animals you want to keep
before you even buy a tank. Many freshwater hobbyists think the common pleco is a cool fish to
have and indeed it is. But, the common pleco really has no place in a tank smaller than 55
gallons as adults.
Many saltwater hobbyists are really taken by many of the tangs (surgeonfish). Without
research, they have no clue that tangs really need a large tank for adequate swimming
space. Dottybacks are another popular species and one that needs hiding spaces to feel secure.
Creating hiding places for your dottyback is an important consideration in your aquarium
aquascaping plans.
For the future reef tank keepers out there, some corals need intense aquarium lighting whereas
others prefer less lighting. Figuring out which corals you would like to keep may dictate your
aquarium aquascape and the arrangement of the saltwater live rock in your tank. For instance,
if you want to keep some light loving corals you may need to build up the rockwork so that you
could place these corals with the intense lighting requirements higher in the tank.
Hopefully you can start to see the importance of figuring out what you want to keep before you
buy your first piece of fish tank equipment.
Keep Aquarium Maintenance In Mind
You've got your tank setup and your aquascape looks fantastic! Everyone compliments you on
how nice it looks and you're feeling really good. However, a week or two goes by and it's time
for some routine fish tank maintenance tasks. Namely, scraping the tank glass to get rid of some
unsightly algae that is starting to grow on the front viewing panel of the tank. But wait, aah
man, I've put the rock too close to the front glass and I can't get the scraper in between the
rock and the glass. Doh! Freshwater Aquarium e-Book