If you're bored with the plain background of your fish tank, you can add a 3D background inexpensively with this simple guide.
In 1832, , a pioneering French marine biologist, became the first person to create aquaria for experimenting with aquatic organisms. In 1836, soon after his invention of the , Dr. proposed to use his tanks for tropical animals. In 1841 he did so, though only with aquatic plants and toy fish. However, he soon housed real animals. In 1838, noted owning a , though he did not use the term. In 1846, maintained and for almost three years, and was credited as the creator of the first balanced marine aquarium in London. English chemist experimented with a 13-gallon container, which contained goldfish, , and , creating one of the first stable aquaria. The aquarium principle was fully developed by Warington, explaining that plants added to water in a container would give off enough oxygen to support animals, so long as their numbers do not grow too large. He published his findings in 1850 in the .
In general, adult Oscars prefer swimming space. A tank that is packed full of decorations is no and ideal Oscar Tank. They like to be able to see potential threats coming so they can face them head on. Juvenile Oscars however, do enjoy some type of hiding spot so you may have to accommodate them as they grow. Using a large terracotta pot or a cave decoration can make a shy baby Oscar feel more comfortable. But as they mature they will become more aggressive and will not need or desire to hide as much.
Oscars are terribly clumsy fish. Couple that with the fact that we often keep them in small tanks and you've got a big bumbling brute in a jewelry store. Any decoration, rock, or driftwood with a sharp edge is a no-no. Oscars can be quite jumpy and if spooked they will run into whatever is in front of them. This can lead to scrapes, gashes, even damaged eyes. Use larger sized rounded rocks that cannot be moved, or driftwood that is sanded down. Most decorations you find at the pet store are safe as well as long as they are not pointed. Don't lean things upon each other. Stacking rocks is not recommended. Oscars are big powerful fish and can tip over such things that may lead to a disaster. Live plants can be tried with Oscars though as with most cichlids, they will most likely be uprooted frequently or just plain shredded to bits. IMO live plants are worth a shot because they can really add color and something else nice to look at. But don't expect them to survive or you will be disappointed more often than not. More about decorations .
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Painted – The cheapest and one of the simplest ways to create aquarium backgrounds is to paint them yourself. This option is very popular with people who like plain backgrounds for their fish tanks as it’s inexpensive and quite easy to do. The most commonly used colors are darker colors such as black, dark blue and dark green, however this depends on the types of decorations and the colors of the fish in your tank, so experiment with different colors and choose one that you think will look best.And remember, please don’t use tiny tanks or vases – the water gets dirty / poisonous fast and limiting the movement of the fish is unhealthy and just plain cruel. Yes, betta fish have evolved to survive in small areas of water for periods of time before finding their way back to a stream but the keyword there is survive – they are not happy or healthy, that isn’t a life!