Aquascapers use various techniques for decorating their aquariums. Although some hobbyists prefer to use plastic plants, sunken plastic ships, divers and treasure chests, we like to keep it natural!
Rock and wood are found in nature and therefore, tend to recreate a more natural aquarium. Recreating what is found in nature will allow fish to feel more relaxed and stress-free.
Apart from aesthetics, there are a few hidden benefits of using natural decorations:
- Wood helps to lower pH and often adds tannic acids, mimicking a more natural environment
- Decorative natural items increase surface area for nitrifying bacteria to colonize
The key to establishing a “natural” appearance in your tank is to decorate carefully. Choose a variety of shapes and sizes but not too many different types of rocks or wood. Don’t just select a bunch of