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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

DIY: Do-It-Yourself Aquarium Decorations

There is nothing like a do-it-yourself project. Its one of the most rewarding things that you can do to give a special touch to something to create a masterpiece. Aquarium Decorations can be one of those special projects.

If you are interested in learning how to put together some aquarium safe decorations, you have come to the right place. There will be many installments in this category, but the first one that I would like to do is create a Spongebob Squarepants theme in my 55 gallon aquarium.

Before I beginin to show the steps for this DIY, I would like to thank all the great people at  aquaticcommunity.com for helping me find solutions to the roadblocks that I encountered putting this project together. Here is a link to the thread if you would like additional information or would like to see more pictures: aquaticcommunity.com

Now, the first thing to start off with is the sand in the aquarium. If you currently have sand in your aquaurium, then skip this step. If you have gravel in your aquarium, then we


need to convert it to sand to create the "Bikini Bottom" look from Spongebob Squarepants.

When switching from gravel to sand, you need to do the process little by little. The rocks contain beneficial bacteria for the aquarium and if you remove too much at a time it can harm your fish.

Make sure to wash the sand thoroughly before putting it into your aquarium.

When I began to change from gravel to sand, I took out 50% of the gravel out and replaced it with the sand. As a precautionary step I also added in some stress zyme to replace a little bit of the bacteria lost in the gravel to sand process.


If you are uncomfortable with taking out 50% at once, you can try to take out 25% at a time. The process will take a little longer but it is less of a risk.

The water is slightly cloudy in this picture; I took the picture shortly after changing the gravel out.

Your water will get a little cloudy from the process.

 


 





After about a week, it should be safe for you to change out the other 50% of the gravel. (If you are only doing 25% at a time you should be able to change out another 25% within a few days.)

If the water is still cloudy you may have a filtration problem. Check to make sure that the filter is still running. Sometimes sand can travel up into the filter and clog it causing it to either stop or not function properly.


Now you need some supplies for the process of making the Spongebob Squarepants house.

Some of the supplies you will need to start with are:

- shaping tools such as a utility knife

- A caulking gun

- Ge Silicone I
(Must be this exact type)

- styrofoam or polystyrene sheets (found at a local hardware store)


Once you collect  your supplies you will be able to begin the process of building your Spongebob Squarepants house. Keep checking back for the next installment of building your Spongebob Squarepants house.


Photos:
Spongebob Image

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