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5 years ago#1
lemurnandy
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Christmas Decorations for the aquarium?

OK, This one is going to sound odd. I go all out during Christmas to decorate the house and yard, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to make the aquariums Christmassy.

Question 1 - Will it harm my fish to change out their decor to Christmas styles? Not sure if fish need consistency in decorations to feel safe or not.

Question 2 - I have searched all over and I cannot find very many Christmas decorations for aquariums, which is what led me to wonder about Question 1. Does anyone know where you can get Christmas Aquarium decorations? The UK ones are awesome, but the shipping would be crazy to the US.

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5 years ago#2
lemurnandy
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Or, and I just had this thought... Is it okay to stick those static cling window thingys that are Christmassy on the front of the aquarium? I was thinking if I put them around the border of the front and sides, it could still look Christmassy and maybe not disturb my fishies. But is there anything on the clings that might be harmful to the seals on the tanks or to the glass?

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5 years ago#3
dkpate
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I don't think you would have a problem with the static ones on the outside. I think the reason there are not many for inside the tank is because your good bacteria is on your inside decor too. If you take the current decor out, you also take the good bacteria out.

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5 years ago#4
mystic_goldfish87
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no you can redececorate your tank with chistmas stuff. although to be honest there realy isn't much for sale that's christmasy and would look good in a tank. if you did anything I could see a little plastic reaf in the tank maybe with a bow tie. you could also use that stuff they spray on windows that makes it look like snow. you might even be able to put a plastic train in the tank and do like a sunken christmas scene.

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5 years ago#5
vashe
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You could always glue antler and santa hats and beards on all your fish. Would be Epic lol

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5 years ago#6
johnarthur
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If you use decorations not intended specifically for use inside an aquarium, you run the risk of releasing toxins. Some of the on-line stores may have holiday decorations for aquariums. You can also put up a background made of Christmas gift wrapping paper, add some pine boughs, and hang all sorts of stuff on the outside, etc. Or if you're a grumpy old man like me, you could hang up a Bah Humbug sign.

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5 years ago#7
Jewels in Ohio
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Happy Holidayz! Just saw this post and had to say I buy silk, and plastic, fake flowers at thrift shops and I put them in my tanks and bowls. etc. I had some silk poinsettas for awile. I leave a certain amount of decor in the tank to keep it stable, as stable as far as bacteria goes, 11 goldfish tear up stuff and redecorate! But so far, no problems. I wash flowers in the dish washer, NO SOAP, and take wires out of stems. If the dye runs or looks suspicious, don't use of course. Silk is safe and you can pack color in a bare goldfish tank with silk flowers! (Make sure they can't get TANGLED, if they are big silly fish like mine. Also I didnt get a tree this year but i am lighting my 75 with LEDs!
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5 years ago#8
achintya
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ha ha ha ,nice decoration....

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5 years ago#9
johnarthur
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I know a lady in Illinois who decorates her aquariums with silk plants, etc. Still, it seems like some artificial plants could affect water quality. A few years ago, I decided to go with all plastic aquarium plants, so now I have a 40 gallon garbage bag full of them and taking up room in the garage. Live plants can be sort of a pain, but the water quality benefits seem to be worth the trouble.

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5 years ago#10
Jewels in Ohio
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I'll take those plastics. They catch eggs just like live plants! Well like I said so far no problems but I am careful with fake flowers. My brackish tank does not support much plant life right now either so I have some fakies. Don't get me wrong I <email> . My community tank with tropicals is all green! Basically goldfish eat everything. Even Java fern! They might even eat the silk!!? I need new substrate for my 75 gallon anyway.

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5 years ago#11
mystic_goldfish87
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what a very interesting picture. you must be an artist. you should put that up in your profile to try to be this months tank, or what ever it's called.

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5 years ago#12
sillysue
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I love your aquaium Jewels!

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5 years ago#13
achintya
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wow,what a nice decoration...

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5 years ago#14
Jewels in Ohio
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Thanks! You mean the painting right?

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5 years ago#15
lookoutworld
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goldfish wont eat hornwort.

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5 years ago#16
sillysue
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Yes I mean the painting. Did you do it?

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3 years ago#17
Ann
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That is so not true you can change your decorations in your tank as long as the decorations are aquarium decorations. I change mine all the time and none of my fish have died. Just make sure if you change your decorations rinse them really good under running cold water inside and outside the decor. to remove any dust or anything the eye may not see DO NOT DRY THEM OFF just place thenm in the tank and enjoy. You can do this as often as you like it will NOT HARM your fish. If you change your gravel rinse that as well until the water turns clear then put in your tank.

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3 years ago#18
Ann
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Hi I wanted everyone to know that I put ceramic Xmas decorations in my tank this year for Xmas and my fish were fine I didnt lose any. You know those christmas villages that all the stores have set up well thats what I put in my tank I put 3 of them in there and a santa a reindeer and a snow man and a xmas tree it looked really pretty everyone that came in wanted to know where did I find a aquariunm xmas village lol. Think of it this way before resin was invented all the aquarium decorations were ceramics. Make you rinse what ever you put in there off first and make sure it doesnt have any stickers anywhere cause that will hurt your fish soak the stickers and glue off.

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3 years ago#19
johnarthur
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You certainly know how to decorate an aquarium. The picture is great.

One safety test for rocks and decorations is a few drops of vinegar. If it fizzes, the decoration will probably release things into the aquarium.

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3 years ago#20
Annie
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Thanks for the tip and the comments. Here is a picture of my Xmas decorations which are ceramic houses that arent aquarium decorations. A old friend of mine reminded me that before resin came along the only decorations we had were ceramics which is true. I put them in and didnt have any problems at all. Now I have aquarium decorations in which is fake coral. I will post more pictures when I redecorate but that coral is going to be in there for a while. Hope you enjoy my pic's

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3 years ago#21
guppylover
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Awwwww..... cute!!!!

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2 years ago#22
christmas freak
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This is an awesome pic of your decorated tank, I was thinking the same thing but didn't know if it was okay to do it. Thanks so much, it really looks great!!!

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2 years ago#23
moonstone2009
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i have a miniature Christmas village that i would absolutely love to put in my tank,thing is Im not sure if its safe I've got several people telling me that o will end up killing my fish if i put it in there and its not for aquariums...i would love to add any Christmas deco i can.

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2 years ago#24
Shannon
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I came across a Grinch aquarium background recently. I just can't remember which site. It might have been PetSmart or Petco.

Also, at Halloween, Target had these jelly like "cling" decorations that might work really well. If they have any Thankgiving and Christmas ones, they are going on my tank!!


Have fun


Shannon

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2 years ago#25
julie
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or put the fish in the pumpkin! I just paint the back with acrylic. I would love to see a grinch background!

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2 years ago#26
Shannon
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Found the Grinch background!! It's on the Petsmart website.

Top FinĀ® Grinch Background
Price: was $5.99
Now: $4.19

Shannon

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2 years ago#27
julie
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fits 5 gallons. so small. It would be cool to have a little village of whoos....whooville. lol

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2 years ago#28
Shannon
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oohhh, Julie, I see that now, how small they are!!

I agree, it would be neat to be able to do a Whooville theme. With aquarium safe ornaments and the works!!

And, they also need to make all the stuff for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" It seems like I saw some aquarium ornaments last holiday season and PetSmart but not sure if they were Christmas themed or not.

These are my 2 favorite holiday cartoons!!

Now, for one of my favorite Christmas movies, they could make stuff from "A Christmas Story." Like, the leg lamp, the boy with his tongue stuck on the light pole, the "Fragile" box, etc. I have some tree ornaments in this theme but would LOVE to have my tank done with this also!!

Oh, the possibilities

Shannon

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2 years ago#29
youngjsampson
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Plenty of feedback here. I have had some me crazy fish in the past, I would be afraid of one breaking an ornament!

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2 years ago#30
johnarthur
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To be safe, I would put the decorations around the aquarium rather than in it. If they are not designed for aquarium use, they could release unwanted chemicals into the water.

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