Best Home Aquariums To Decorate Your House

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Aquariums can be a beautiful décor item in any living room; maintaining them is very rewarding. However, you may feel overwhelmed while searching for the best home aquariums. There are several options, and deciding what to settle for can be tasking.

We have compiled some of the best aquariums, the décor, and other essential details you need before deciding what to buy. This article has compiled everything you need to make the right decision. So with that in mind, let's get straight to the details!

Factors To Consider When Buying a Fish Tank

Several aquariums in the market have different shapes, sizes, and functionalities. Picking one can prove to be overwhelming if you are not well informed. Therefore, knowing how to choose the best fish tank for you will lessen the pressure and help you make the right decision. Let's look at some of the fundamental factors to consider before purchasing.

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1. Cost

If considering getting into the aquarium hobby, you must be ready to invest wisely. The assumption that you can get a low-budget fish tank needs to be more accurate, especially if you are a beginner. Specifically, anything less than fifty dollars is not worth the purchase.

The least you could expect to spend on an aquarium is around $150 to $200 for a 20-gallon tank. It is advisable to save money patiently until you can afford a good fish tank with proper equipment. Even a budget fish tank will see you part with at least $150.

2. Type Of Tank and Fish

Freshwater tanks are relatively easy to maintain as compared to saltwater tanks. For this reason, first-time fish keepers are often advised to buy a freshwater tank. It is easier for a beginner to maintain water parameters in a freshwater aquarium – like maintaining ammonia at around 0ppm – than with a saltwater aquarium. Additionally, you can easier take care of more freshwater fish.

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Nonetheless, saltwater aquariums offer an awesome experience for those with an aquarium hobby. While Saltwater fish are expensive, they are truly colorful and stunning. To manage a saltwater tank, you must have more aquarium equipment and vast experience in maintaining the right water conditions.

3. Fish Tank Filters

Tank filters are a very important part of your aquarium. The Filters must be able to cycle the water as it eliminates toxins and fish waste to sustain a clean and healthy environment for the fish. The standard rule is that the tank filters should be powerful enough to cycle the water at least 4 to 6 times per hour. The controls should also be adjustable to ensure the flow rate doesn't affect the fish.

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For example, in a 20-gallon tank, ideally, the filter should be able to cycle at a rate of 80 to 120 GPH. When you calculate this, it takes you back to the standard time of 6 times per hour.

If you opt for the all-in-one kits, you'll appreciate the filters therein because they cycle more times than required, though they do come with options to adjust it down.

4. Tank Size And Weight

When it's your first time buying a fish tank, you must consider how big a tank is and how much it weighs after it is full. To decide on the size, consider the kind of fish you have set your heart on. Remember, always allow one gallon per inch of fish.

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A larger fish tank will be beneficial when it comes to maintaining the water conditions compared to a nano aquarium. So, choose tank size, keeping the amount of fish waste in mind.

The best rule to follow: a single betta fish should be kept in a tank capacity of at least 5 gallons, and a colony of tropical fish should be in a t least 20-gallon tank size.

5. Price: Kits vs. Stand-Alone Tanks

Buying a complete kit is a more cost-effective investment. Additionally, a complete kit means you are assured that everything will fit the capacity of your tank. Unfortunately, larger tanks rarely come in complete kits like nano aquariums. Unlike smaller tanks, buying a stand-alone tank and high-quality equipment is better.

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6. Material: Glass vs Acrylic Aquariums

Aquariums are commonly made of either acrylic or glass. Each of these two materials has a set of advantages and disadvantages. So, what you decide to settle for will be determined by personal preference and need.

Acrylic aquariums: This material is 17 times stronger than glass and is much lighter. Acrylic is recommended for anyone with young children or pets. The only major downside is that it is very expensive.

Glass aquariums are mostly cheap and affordable for many. Generally, glass is heavier than acrylic. However, it remains clear and doesn't scratch easily.

Best Types of Fish Tanks

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Aquariums differ based on build quality, filtration, lighting, and equipment. So when you decide to pick one, knowing what would best serve you and your aquatic buddies is beneficial. There are a few factors that will inform what you settle on.

Are you looking to buy a freshwater tank or a saltwater tank? How many fish would you like to keep in the fish tank? You'll have to ask these questions to decide which fish tank best suits your needs. To make work easier, we have narrowed the list for you with some of the best fish tanks in the market.

1. Best Fish Tank with 20 Gallon: Marina 20G LED Aquarium Kit

Marina Aquarium Kit - 20 gallon Fish Tank - LED
  • 20 U.S. gallon glass aquarium
  • Includes a Marina Slim S20 clip on filter with quick change...
  • Includes everything you need to get your aquatic home started
  • Measures: 24 inches L x 12.5 inches W x 16.5 inches H


  • Weighs 35lbs
  • The capacity of 20 gallons
  • Acrylic
  • Dimensions24 x 12.5 x 16.5 inches.
  • Warranty: One-year warranty.
  • Accessories: fish net, fish food, care guide, cycle natural supplement, lighting, conditioner, and filter cartridges.
  • Lighting: LED lighting.


This Marina aquarium comes with a Slim S20 clip-on power filter. The filter helps eliminate chlorides and all the alkaline residue from the water. The filter is small and doesn't take up space in the aquarium. It also has quick-change cartridges.


This Marina Aquarium is large enough to accommodate a colony of tropical fish. With a capacity of 20-gallon tank, this is no small fish tank. It is made of glass, and an additional special substance has been used to ensure no oxidization takes place over time. The glass has also been tempered to ensure durability and scratch resistance. As a result, this Marina aquarium is one of the best acrylic fish tanks that will not rust like most glass tanks.


Another very exciting feature of the Marina aquarium is the LED lights. This light is designed to be conducive for the fish and will not disturb them. It is made to imitate natural sunlight.


The conditioner with this aquarium helps remove toxic substances to help maintain healthy fish. It converts tap water and balances it, ensuring the fish feel like their natural habitat.

2. Best 5 Gallon Fish Tank: Fluval Spec V

Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon, White
  • 5 gallon nano aquarium
  • Etched-glass tank with aluminum trim
  • Powerful 37 LED Lighting System
  • Includes foam block, activated carbon and BioMax bio rings
  • Size: 17.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 Inch


  • Weighs 11.2lbs
  • The capacity of 5 gallons
  • Made of glass
  • Dimensions20.5 x 11.6 x 7.5" inches
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • 37-power LED lighting
  • Accessories: adjustable 3-stage filtration system (55 to 80 GPH), aquarium sliding glass canopy with access slot and 37 LED lighting system

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This small glass fish tank is a great starter kit for anyone looking to keep a nano aquarium. The Fluval Spec V aquarium tank is one of the stand-alone fish tanks that can be placed on a desktop, cabinet, or any firm bookshelf. It has a base of 20.5 x 7.5 inches and a 5-gallon tank capacity that is great for not more than one betta fish. Though made of glass, it comes in an all-aluminum waterproof frame to help lessen the possibility of breakage.


The Fluval Spec V aquarium tank comes with a state-of-the-art 3-stage filtration system that cleans water as a conditioner would. The filtration system is among the best features of this small tank. It features a foam block for mechanical filtration, activated carbon for chemical filtration, and biological filtration using BioMax Bio rings. In addition, you can be sure of an ultra-clean clear Betta tank.


Like most aquarium kits, this tank doesn't come with a heater. However, it does come with a 7000k 37 LED lighting strip that runs the length of the fish tank. The light is strong enough to illuminate the fish and décor in this glass aquarium.

3. Best Nano Fish Tank: Tetra LED Cube Shaped 3 Gallon Aquarium

Tetra LED Cube Shaped 3 Gallon Aquarium with Pedestal...
  • AQUARIUM KIT: 3-gallon, cube-shaped complete aquarium kit perfect...
  • INCLUDES FILTER: Includes an air pump-driven Tetra Whisper power...
  • STYLISH: Features LED lights to highlight your fish and an...
  • CONVENIENT: Clear canopy has a hole for easy feeding.
  • DIMENSIONS: 10 inches deep x 10 inches wide x 10.


  • 3-gallon tank capacity
  • Material: Acrylic
  • Dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 11.95 (d) x 17.5 (h) inches
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Aquarium equipment: Pedestal base, tetra 3i Whisper power filter, LED light

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This fish tank is perfect for those owning their first fish tank. It can accommodate one or two fish with a base of 10.32 x 11.95 inches. This small nano aquarium fits perfectly on any desk. It has a seamless construction offers an amazing view of the fish inside, and the other pedestal base gives it the much-needed lift.


Though it doesn't have a timer that can regulate the light for the fish, the 9 LED light provides enough light for the whole fish tank.


This small acrylic tank features a 3-stage Whisper 3i power filtration system with a 20 GPH flow rate. So while the standard cycle time of water should be 6 times an hour, the powerful filtration system cycles water up to 7 times an hour to give you clean and clear water.

4. Best Fish Tank For Value: Marineland Portrait Aquarium Kit

Marineland Portrait Glass LED Aquarium Kit, 5 Gallons,...
  • SLEEK DESIGN: Rounded corners and clear glass canopy allow...
  • DAYLIGHT/MOONLIGHT LIGHTING: Bright white LEDs create a...
  • EASY ACCESS: Hinged LED lighting and sliding glass canopy.
  • SIZE: 5-gallon aquarium fits Marineland Rite-Size Z Filter...
  • HIDDEN FILTRATION: Advanced, 3-stage filtration is out of sight,...


  • Weight: 12 pounds
  • Dimensions: 11.81 x 11.62 x 17.05 inches
  • Aquarium Type: Freshwater aquariums
  • Capacity: 5 gallons
  • Fish Type: Betta, Tropical Freshwater
  • Material: Glass

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Marineland's ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit has the great build quality and a footprint of 11.81 x 11.62 inches. It might seem compact, but fish can freely swim due to the 17.05-inch portrait style. This rectangular fish tank has a 5-gallon tank capacity and weighs 12.0 pounds.


Filtration is an important feature of any fish tank. Marineland has a 3-stage filter that can be adjusted to 35 GPH and cycle water 7 times per hour. In addition, the BioMax and Bio-Balls ensure that the aquarium water is kept clean for fish health.


This aquarium has a unique yet very pleasant lighting system. Underwater plants in the fish tank benefit from the 9 white LEDs that produce a shimmering sunlight effect. And the fish are taken care of by the 6 blue LEDs that offer a moonlight glow for cool nighttime.

5. Best Fish Tank For Saltwater: Fluval Sea Evo 13.5

Fluval Sea Evo XII Saltwater Fish Tank Aquarium Kit,...
  • 13.5 gallon glass aquarium for saltwater fish
  • Stylish honeycomb design conceals rear aquarium...
  • Powerful 3 stage filtration with oversized mechanical, chemical,...
  • Multifunctional canopy with easy feed door
  • Sleek, all aluminum waterproof casing; convenient LED aquarium...


  • Weight: 28.0 pounds
  • Dimensions: 23.4 (w) x 13.5 (d) x 15.6 (h) inches
  • Capacity: 13.5-gallon tank
  • Equipment Included: Hidden filter and 132 GPH pump with multi-directional dual outputs, 31 LED 14,000k day and night lighting, aluminium hood with filter and easy feed access.

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Fluval Sea Evo 13.5 might be small, but it offers the same functionality and performance as a larger aquarium. It is a 13.5-gallon tank and can be placed on any countertop. This saltwater fish tank has a 23.5 x 13.5 inches footprint, making it a small fish tank. There is enough room inside for a heater, though you have to purchase it separately.


Fluval Sea Evo 13.5 boasts a 3-stage filtration system hidden at the side of the fish tank using a split aluminum hood. This aquarium also has a 132 GPH pump that helps cycle water 10 times an hour. 10 times per hour is much higher than the usual 6 times an hour. So your fish tank is sure to have clean water to keep your fish healthy.


This starter kit can accommodate several corals and live rock with its 31 LEDs giving 14,000k output. This saltwater aquarium tank offers a conducive environment for one or two fish.

6. Best Fish Tank For GloFish: GloFish 10 Gallon Aquarium Kit

Glofish 10 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Kits, Includes LED...
  • UNIQUE COMBINATION OF LED LIGHTING: This unique blend of white...
  • INTERNAL FILTRATION: Tetra Whisper Internal Filter draws water...
  • DIMENSIONS: The GloFish 10 Gallon Aquarium measures 20 inches...


  • Capacity: 10-gallon tank
  • Dimensions: 23.69 (l) x 13.44 (d) x 19.88 (h) inches
  • Weight: 16.0 pounds
  • Material: Glass
  • Equipment Included: Tetra Whisper power filter with cartridge, GloFish fluorescent plants, thermometer, aquarium setupsetup guide, 50-watt aquarium heater, fish food and water conditioner sample.

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This fish tank has a capacity that is great for starting a community. It is ideal for tropical fish species with a temperature range that will have them feeling like they are in their natural habitat. This starter kit has a 50-watt heater to regulate the fish tank's temperature.


When you have GloFish, you want to show off its beautiful colors. This Tetra GloFish tank has blue LEDs that beautifully emit UV light to help you show off your GloFish.


GloFish 10 Gallon Aquarium Kit has a 3-stage Tetra Whisper Filter with a flow rate of 90 GPH. It cycles water as high as 9 times per hour to ensure a clean environment for your fish. Additionally, it is designed with extra easy-to-change Bio-bag cartridges.

7 Tips For Interior Decorating With Aquariums

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An aquarium teeming with colorful fish and vibrant plants can make a beautiful centerpiece and focal point in any room. In addition, watching fish swimming in a creative aquascape fish tank has proven health benefits.

So, it's little wonder that more and more homes and workplaces are incorporating aquariums into their interior décor scheme.

Here are seven tips for interior decorating with aquariums:

Of course, the tank's first thing to consider is where you want to put the aquarium, as that will determine the size of the fish tank you can have.

There are several practical considerations when incorporating an aquarium into your room. Safety is your priority. Fish tanks are typically heavy and, if not placed correctly, can present a danger to your visitors and pets.

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For example, you should always put freestanding aquariums in an alcove or against a wall where they can't be knocked over. Also, ensure small countertop setups are placed well away from the edge of the counter—position a coffee table aquarium close to power sockets or where underfloor cabling is an option.

Fish are very sensitive to water temperature, so your aquariums should not be placed in direct sunlight or close to heat sources, such as heaters or radiators, or shin a drafty spot.

1. Tank Size

There are several sizes and shapes of tanks to choose from, depending on your available space.

For example, in a small home, a nano tank housing one beautifully colored betta fish can add a touch of style to a kitchen counter or office desktop. On the other hand, a 120-gallon panoramic corner tank mounted on a natural oak cabinet will look stunning in a large lounge.

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The size of the tank will also influence what fish species you can keep. Generally, the bigger your tank, the smaller fish you can keep. However, some species are aggressive and must be housed alone. So, do your research first.

2. Fish Species

The stars of the show in any aquarium are the fish. You must choose your fish carefully to ensure a healthy, happy community tank.

Freshwater fish are generally easier to care for than marine, saltwater species. The reason freshwater fish are easier to care for is that there are many beautiful, brightly colored species of freshwater fish, including cold water and tropical types. Generally, freshwater fish are not as expensive to buy as their saltwater counterparts and tend to be hardier.

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For something a little different, consider setting up an aquarium containing living plants, invertebrates, and fish. Jellyfish tanks are also becoming increasingly popular, although these creatures are very delicate and challenging to care for.

3. In-Wall Fish Tanks

An in-wall aquarium can look stunning if you have a large space and don't want to use a freestanding tank. In-wall fish tanks look like windows, presenting the onlooker with a captivating peek into a magical underwater aquascape.

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On a variation of the same theme, you can use thin, wall-mounted aquariums designed to resemble TV screens, showing an endlessly changing vista of fish swimming among vibrant, lush plants.

4. Room Dividers And Islands

Aquariums can create room dividers in large spaces and are extremely effective in public buildings such as high-end restaurants. Islands can also provide a captivating focal point in a mall or gallery, where visitors gather to admire the fish.

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These incredible aquariums give the impression that the fish are gliding through mid-air.

5. Cylinder-Shaped Tanks

Towering cylinder-shaped aquariums have been incorporated into spiral staircases and even escalators in shopping malls, making a true jaw-dropping feature.

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You can recreate that look on a smaller scale by using a more modestly sized cylindrical fish tank in the corner of the room or an alcove.

6. Tropical Reef Aquariums

If you have experience keeping marine fish, a large tropical reef setup can make an eye-catching focal point in any room.

Reef tanks can be home to many species of rare and beautiful fish, living corals, anemones, and other aquatic creatures, such as starfish, urchins, lobsters, and shrimp.

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Marine reef aquariums do take a fair amount of maintenance and expertise if the environment and its creatures are to thrive. For example, corals need bright illumination in the right spectrum, a good flow, and flawless water quality. Also, corals take minerals from the water column to feed their internal skeleton. Therefore, you must regularly test the water parameters for mineral content and make any adjustments as necessary.

Types of Fish Food

After buying an aquarium, buy the fish you love and set things up to blend with your home or office; the next step is fish food. Of course, your aquatic little friends must feed too, so getting them the most nutritious food in the market is important. Nonetheless, there are several food options and different brands to pick from.

Here is a list of the types of fish food:

I. Flakes 

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Flakes are paper-thin food that has been baked after properly being dehydrated. This food is best for fish that feed mid-water or at the top.

II. Pellets

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Pellets are a mix of ground ingredients baked in a small, dense ball or stick shape. Pellets are good for top-feeding fish, mid-water feeders, and bottom feeders. And if you have any large fish, then pellets are one of the best fish food choices for them.

III. Freeze Dried

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Freeze-dried foods are a great form of snack for your fish. However, because you would require an enormous amount to feed your fish with Freeze-dried foods, they are recommended to be used as a snack or food supplement. These are bloodworms or other whole foods that have been freeze-dried.

IV. Sinking Wafers

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Sinking wafers come in the form of hard disks of dry fish food. They are best suited for bottom-feeding fish because they immediately sink to the bottom of the substrate. Catfish and plecos would best benefit from sinking wafers. However, sinking wafers could have a better customer review due to poor ingredients that lack nutrition.

V. Live Foods

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Live foods are fish species raised to be fed to other fish. Usually, this happens when you keep a large predatory fish in your aquarium and decide to feed it some live foods. However, feeding your fish with live foods is not advisable, especially because they provide little nutrition. In addition, the live foods are raised under very poor conditions, and there is a high chance they could spread parasites to your display fish.

VI. Gel Food

Gel food is like Jello, and fish love this stuff. It comes in powder form and has to be mixed with boiling water before delivery. It stiffens the gelatin and is one of the best foods to administer medication if your fish is unwell. Mix the medication the vet has given you into the food to lessen the hustle of having to do it separately.

VII. Frozen

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Whole ingredients frozen into cubes are commonly referred to as frozen foods. You will have to defrost them before feeding your fish. They include the popular beef heart, bloodworms, brine shrimp, and more.

However, these frozen foods can prove very expensive considering that they are 70% water and add no nutritional value to your fish.

The beef heart might be popular amongst some aquarium owners, but it can shorten your fish's lifespan. The reason the beef heart isn't advisable is that the form of protein from the beef heart has long-term effects on a fish's kidney.

Best Fish Foods in the market

Now that you know the different fish food options let's look at some top brand choices.

1. Zoo Med Spirulina 20 Flake Fish Food, 4-Ounce

Zoo Med Spirulina 20 Flake Fish Food, 4-Ounce
  • Spirulina is rich in raw protein
  • For fresh or saltwater fish
  • Enhances breeding

Its only downside is that soy flour is near the top of the ingredient list, but this is a high-quality food that makes a great staple diet. Zoo med Spirulina 20 flakes is an excellent choice for top feeders.

Spirulina 20 is highly nutritious, with plankton meals, spirulina, and krill. This high-quality fish food is a good choice for staple food, and the flakes can be fed as a whole to larger fish, while for tiny fish, you can crush the flakes.

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  • Enhances colour, especially blues and greens
  • Can be fed as whole or crushed depending on the size of the fish in the tank
  • Contains salmon meal


  • It contains some soy flour

2. Fluval Bug Bites Cichlid Fish Food, Pellets (3.53 oz., A6581)

Fluval Bug Bites Cichlid Fish Food, Pellets for Medium...
  • Tropical fish food that contains up to 40%, nutrient-rich Black...
  • High in multiple proteins like whole salmon – rich in Omega 3...
  • Fortified with essential vitamins, amino acids and minerals for a...
  • Slow sinking pellet format (5-7mm) – all fish can feed at their...
  • Sustainably processed in small batches for quality control and...

Fluval bug bites are an excellent carnivorous or omnivorous diet of fish food. The best part about this fish food is that it comprises salmon and dried black fly larvae, both easily digestible protein sources. In addition, Fluval pellets can feed medium to large freshwater fish at either top or mid-water levels.

A little concern you'd have is the protein concentrate and potatoes that are unsuitable processed food. However, Fluval bug bites pellets comprise 40% black soldier fly larvae, making the advantage much greater than the small disadvantage.

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  • Natural ingredients that provide highly nutritious proteins
  • No terrestrial grains/legumes added
  • A favourite of many fish


  • Processed ingredients exist

3. Omega One Freshwater Flakes

Omega One Freshwater Flakes, 1 oz
  • NUTRITIOUS RECIPE: Freshwater Flakes are blended specifically to...
  • COLOR-BOOSTING: Natural beta carotenes in salmon provide...
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: No meals, hydrolysates, digests, or any other...
  • KEEP A CLEANER TANK: Our Freshwater Flakes are naturally...
  • GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Min Crude Protein 41% / Min Crude Fat 12% /...

These flakes are another favorite of most aquarium fish. It comprises herring, whole shrimp, whole salmon, halibut, and cod. This fish food is highly nutritious with its natural ingredients that enhance fish coloration. So even if your fish is a picky eater, you can be sure they'll love it.

Omega one freshwater flakes are for the top and mid-water feeders, either omnivorous or carnivorous.

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  • Easily digestible protein-rich ingredients
  • Most fish seem to love it very much
  • Enhances colouration of fish


  • Traces of terrestrial legumes, but this is minimal

4. Repashy SuperGreen Gel Food

Repashy SuperGreen 6 Oz JAR
  • Our Formula for Obligate Algae Eating Herbivorous Freshwater Fish...
  • Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. 35%, Crude Fat min. 8%,...

This fish food is all about algae and no animal protein. It can feed any size of fish and is super rich in nutrients—bottom-feeding fish benefit the most because it sinks, though other feeders can still enjoy it too.

SuperGreen gel is suitable for algae-eating fish and can be delivered in cubes and slabs or apply it on driftwood for fish to get to it on their own time. The rich ingredients like turmeric, hibiscus, and 5 different algae enhance coloration in fish.

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  • A highly nutritious and purely herbivorous diet
  • The gel is ideal for fish that eat in their leisure time
  • Promotes colouration in fish
  • No processed legumes
  • Highly digestible


  • Not readily mixed

5. Omega One Super Color Veggie Kelp Floating Pellets

Fluval Vegetarian Pellets Fish Food 340gm, 12-Ounce
  • High quality, ultra palatable fish food formulated to support the...
  • Multi-vegetable formula is beneficial for most fish
  • Contains spirulina, a natural color-enhancer, also rich in...
  • Excellent source of proteins, trace elements and antioxidants...
  • Provides full complement of vitamins with stabilized vitamin C

Super Color Veggie Kelp Floating Pellets is another Omega One super fish food, loaded with great ingredients like spirulina, whole salmon, kelp, shrimp, and whole herring. This Omega one is ideal for top feeders because the pellets float for quite some time.

It offers excellent fish coloration with the combination of salmon and shrimp, bringing out the red coloration, and the combination of spirulina and kelp enhances the blues and green.

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  • Top-notch ingredients
  • Naturally, colour enhancing
  • Pellets float for a long time


  • Does contain wheat flour
  • Only suited for top-feeding fish

6. Hikari Bio-Pure Freeze Dried Spirulina Brine Shrimp Cubes

Hikari Bio-Pure Freeze Dried Spirulina Brine Shrimp...
  • Patented Ratcheting Dispenser Top
  • Will not cloud the water
  • Multi-vitamin rich to reduce stress and stress related diseases
  • Free of parasites and harmful bacteria
  • Nitrogen charging reduces oxidation prior to opening

Hikari bio-pure cubes are one of the best all-around fish foods that boast high-quality ingredients without a trace of any terrestrial legumes. It consists of freeze-dried brine shrimp and spirulina.

This fish food can be a good and nutritious staple for any fish. The best part is that top, mid-water, and bottom feeders can enjoy this high-quality treat.

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  • Excellent source of purely natural protein
  • No addition of terrestrial grains


  • Cubes break and mess up the fish tank  

Best Aquarium Accessories to Decorate Your Tank

When it comes to decorating your aquarium, the choice must be personal. It's about what you fancy. As long as the decor item is not toxic to the fish, you are allowed to create what gets a warm smile on your face. Here are a few of the best decor items you can add to bring to life whatever vision you have of your aquarium.

I. Aquarium Stones and Rocks

Rocks and pebbles make an awesome addition to any fish tank. They're attractive, and this décor idea also offers your fish comfort in the aquarium life. Rocks are mainly used to create a nature-themed aquarium that mimics the fish's natural habitat. This décor idea will offer your fish comfort.

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You might be tempted to add rocks from your environment. But unfortunately, rocks from the wild can not only carry harmful organisms; some are sharp and can hurt the fish.

II. Driftwood

Driftwood is one of the more natural décor items you can use to adorn your fish tank. It helps create a natural environment for your fish to ensure it feels as close to home as possible. You can find driftwood online and also in most fish stores.

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While you can go and fish driftwood from a river or stream, it might not be safe to do so. You risk carrying harmful bacteria from the river to your display tank or getting hurt as you fetch it.

III. Caves

Caves are a popular accessory found in fish tanks. However, some fish species are timid and will sometimes need time to duck into the caves as they get acquainted with their new environment.

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Then there are those species like the nocturnal catfish. They only come out of the caves to eat at night but spend most of their day hidden in caves.

IV. Statues

Statues always add a breathtaking focal point in any aquarium. Mostly used in sea or Asian-themed tanks, this décor item will be appreciated by your fish. It will not only serve the fish as a hiding spot, but it is an exciting addition that brings a sense of calm.

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A good example is the Bam-Buddha statue, which is believed to bring good karma and elicit a sense of clarity in your aquarium.

V. Air-Producing Décor

Bubble chests and air stones are not just fish tank decoration items; they play an essential role in a crowded aquarium. You should ensure sufficient oxygen supply when you have highly-active fish in your aquarium.

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Making air-producing decorations part of your fish tank will create eye-catching decor while ensuring your aquatic buddies are taken care of. The bubbles should be conducive for the fish and not too strong for them to handle.

V. Aquarium Plants

Plants help regulate the aquarium ecosystem by removing harmful air from the water. In addition, plants produce oxygen that the fish need and use the co2 produced by the fish. Therefore, adding plants to your fish tank will give you double the benefits of taking care of your fish, even as they add beauty to the aquarium.

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A good example of a live plant that doesn't crowd the fish tank but still offers the benefits your fish needs is the Anacharis. It is low-maintenance and looks perfect together with other aquarium décor items.

If you don't like live plant décor, you can always purchase fake aquarium plants to decorate your best fish tank. These fake plants are safe to use, and the appearance you get is amazing.


Picking out the right aquarium can prove to be a very challenging task. However, with the right guidelines, you realize work is made easier. Therefore, we have done this detailed review so that we may cut out the hard work for you!

Aquariums can be an amazing addition to your home or office. It elicits a sense of tranquility like no other decor addition can offer. And while it might be easier to use one starter tank, other sizes may need experience. Understanding what you need ensures you don't make unnecessary investments.

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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