How to Make a Fish Tank

  1. Acquire the base and the standard glass needed for a fishtank. Get some natural-colored gravel or sand. To calculate how much gravel is needed, multiply the gallon size of your tank by 2.5. For example, if the gallon size of your fish tank is 10 gallons, you will need 25 pounds of gravel. Then, clean the sand (you don’t have to boil it). Gravel or sand does not only mimic the habitat of fish, it is also more attractive.
  2. Decide if you want to use live plants or fakes for decoration. If you settle for live plants, do some research about how to keep them alive. If you are not up to the challenge, look for fake items that appear real. Natural colors like green and red look great in a fish tank.
  3. Choose the type of fish you would like to put into your tank. You also need to do research about the natural habitat of these fishes. The design of the tank should somehow resemble the natural habitat of the fishes. Whatever makes your fish more comfortable will also make the tank appear better.
  4. Pick decorations. Make sure they look as close to the real thing as possible. Fake rocks, logs, and driftwood pieces can look nice. Get a good variation in height, color, and brightness. A black background adds depth to the fish tank and looks better than having a cluttered background or none at all.
  5. Begin placing the decorative items inside the tank. Landscape the gravel and make it appear like valleys or hills. This gives a neat look, and is a whole lot more fun to look at compared to sand flat across. Place your biggest piece (the most attention-grabbing decoration or your centerpiece) to the center-left. Arrange your plants accordingly. Place taller plants at the back, and shorter ones at the forefront.
  6. Put in necessary materials like an air pump, filters, and a heater (for tropical fishes). An air pump is necessary to oxygenate the water. Filters get rid of waste matter and aid in keeping the water pure for months. A heater is only needed for tropical fish. When setting up the tank, it is imperative to read and understand all the instructions that come with these necessary materials. Each material/equipment may be slightly different from the others in the set up.
  7. Finally, before you can place the fish into the tank, let the tank run for at least a week.