Personal Expression

Allow yourself to experiment with aquascaping until you achieve the look you want. An artistic design maximizes the stress-reducing value of the aquarium. You may evoke calmness or excitement with your choices. For example, fish that constantly dart around, such as tangs, and a strongly directional current create an upbeat mood. Enhance the effect by using bright lighting, a pale-colored substrate, and a pale blue background.

On the other hand, you may find this look too busy. You will aquascape for a calming effect. Use a dark substrate, a plain black background, minimal current, and shallow-water invertebrates such as mushroom corals and zoanthids. Choose a fish more laid-back in its behavior, a dwarf lionfish, perhaps. This design will appear more relaxed.

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