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Aquarium Decoration – Terraces

Terraces in the Aquarium

Aquarium terraces are one of the popular decorative elements. The terrace in the aquarium includes the layering of the substrate of different heights with the help of auxiliary materials, such as wood, stone or other supporting structures that are installed directly to the walls of the aquarium.

Elements of the decor and the ground can be used not only to create single compositions, but also beautiful multi-level terraces, which distinguish certain parts of the bottom and give originality to your tank.


Examples of the use of ready-made decorative modules / terraces in an aquarium.

Very often, aquarists simply fill the bottom with soil, laying individual stones in different places or simply creating a small slope of gravel. Such gravel laid under an inclination keeps, as a rule, absolutely not for long.

Fishes swimming near the bottom and picking in the ground, very quickly break the carefully laid layer of soil. And such aquatic inhabitants such as cichlids and completely capture the sand in the mouth in search of food and throw it in another place.

To create a beautiful and interesting landscape and to prevent the displacement of soil in the aquarium, terraces are created from various elements of decor.


Terraces in nature – than not ready-made layouts to translate into the design of the aquarium.

Below are some basic principles that should be considered when building terraces in an aquarium.

Suitable stones, lined with a chain, form a side terrace. Do not use very massive stones, they are not stable, but the task of the side is to keep the gravel from falling.

For more secure fixation, you can seal the stones with a small amount of silicone glue. For the arrangement of the terrace, suitable forms of snags and other various decorative elements made of artificial materials will be useful.


Artificial modules / elements allow the substrate to be fixed at various levels. Making even more interesting and attractive the design of your aquarium.

The terrace should look natural, it should not be visible any structural elements or glue on the stones. If you are making a terrace, instead of using stones, ceramic or plastic elements, select materials that are close in color and structure to natural ones.

Terraces are most often located in one of the furthest corners. If the size of the bottom allows, the terraces in both corners will look even more spectacular.

You can hold a terrace around the aquarium or make it in several levels.


Terraces in the aquarium of natural material – stone, using different colors of the soil – from dark to light.

The elevation of the terrace is filled with soil of the same color as in the rest of the reservoir. Optionally, you can create a composition with gravel of various colors.

Dark colors are visually perceived as heavier, so when using two colors of gravel, lighter sand should be laid on the terrace, which will emphasize the volume of the created landscape.

Terraces look very beautiful, planted with small ground cover aquarium plants, creating the effect of thick green carpet. Hemianthus callitrichoides, Glossostigma elatinoides, Eleoharis or Sitniag (Eleocharis ‘parvula’), Echinodorus tender (Echinodorus tenellus) and a number of similar aquatic plants are perfect for this purpose.

Determine the position and height of the future terrace you want to build and design a plan before proceeding with the implementation of the plan.

Multi-level terraces are built from bottom to top, from the front of the aquarium to the rear, the lower terrace should be harder and stronger than the top.

The symmetrical arrangement of the terraces in the aquarium to the left and the right should be avoided; they should be different.

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