How To Decorate Your Aquarium For The Holidays

 There's not much out there commercially in terms of Christmas decorations for aquariums, but no matter. With a little ingenuity, you can still make your fish tank festive. 

The first thing you have to be mindful of it that you need to be really careful if you decide to decorate inside the tanks. Always make sure to thoroughly rinse anything that will be going in the tank and  avoid anything with sharp edges or rough spots that could hurt your fish. 

Here are some ideas for both inside the tank and outside the tank: 


Top Your Fish Bowl With A Santa Hat


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If you have a small round fish bowl that would fit a Santa Hat, by all means, put it over the fish bowl for a quick and easy to make the fish bowl more festive.Or if you have a longer oblong aquarium, think of covering the top with a pretty Christmas Placemat or Table Runner.

Stick Christmas Window Clings To The Glass

Since the walls of the aquarium or fish bowl are glass, they are perfect for sticking stickers and vinyl clings like these here to them for the holidays. 

Think of how great some sticker ornaments would look on the top edge of the aquarium hanging down, or with pretty liike vinyl signs plastered all over the blow?

 A really elegant way to dress up your fish bowl for the holidays is with pretty snowflake clings. You can add some glass snowflake ornaments inside the tank as well to put together a stunning look.



Tie Some Ribbon Or Garland Around The Fishtank


As you would with other items in your house, add some festive robbon or garland around the fishtank.  Of course, you can also hang christmas ornaments around the rim of the fish tank. 


Create A Wrapping Paper Backdrop

Since aquariums are transparent, you could simply choose a nice gift wrapping paper and tape it to the back of the tank.

Photo by Aunt Owwee, flickrPhoto by Aunt Owwee, flickr

Now, you have a Christmas-themed backdrop for your fish to swim against!


Change Your Aquarium Gravel to Red and Green

While not explicitly sold as holiday decor, red and green aquarium pebbles are easy to find and can help set a festive mood. Nature Aquarium polished glass gravel, for instance, is available in both colors from Amazon. I've done this and it looks amazing for the holidays. I like the red ones and I keep it around until after Valentine's Day. 


Use Your Existing Decorations And Drop Them In The Tank

Photo by riverrunner22, flickrPhoto by riverrunner22, flickr

Glass Christmas ornaments and ceramic nativity figures can be placed inside your aquarium.Just make sure the material you put in your tank are safe for your fish. You want to avoid glitter, glue, older ornaments with lead paint, and anything else questionable. But in most cases anything made purely of glass or ceramic should be fine to use.  


Make Some Rock Gifts For The Bottom Of The Fishbowl


You can take some clean rocks, tie some thin ribbon around the rocks and make them look like miniature presents. Then scatter them around the bottom of the fish tank. This idea and others can be seen on

Experiment with these ideas and you're sure to put together a beautiful Christmas-themed fish habitat just in time for the holidays.

This article is republished from updated article  Ideas For Docorating Fish Bowls.

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Cindi Brown
Animal Blogger


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