What type of gravel should I get? Should I get live plants or fake? How
many decorations should I add? These are all good questions.
Again, like with most things the answers depend on the number and types of
fish you wish to keep. Goldfish grow large and can often swallow gravel
which will later kill them. Fancy varieties will also damage their fins
on ornaments in the aquarium, plus they will eat any live plants you
Other fish like a white cloud minnow are small and will not be able to eat
any gravel or sand you add. Plus because of their size any damage they do
to live plants will be healed quickly. They will enjoy small areas to
around in and won't have the problem of damaging their fins or getting
In general you want your aquarium to look nice, both for the fish and for
yourself. If you know what fish you wish to keep you may wish to choose
ornament which will look good with their colour. If your fish will be
then you probably don't want red plants since you will have a hard time
seeing your fish.
What you add to the aquarium is completely a matter of choice. Most fish
will like places to hide and play in so a fake plant or two is a good
addition. Also some gravel on the bottom will hold down any plants and
add some colour.