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Lets Make A Girly Fish Bowl!

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Fish Aquariums For Girls

Making a girly fish bowl with your little girl is a fun way to spend some one-on-one time with her. This activity will allow her to use her imagination let her creativity run wild and with your guidance, her girly fish tank will be perfect to house her first fish.

A fish is the perfect first pet for a little girl and by housing it in the girly fish bowl your little girl made, you're giving her extra incentive to take care of it.

This page features an assortment of supplies for girly fish bowls, plus my tips on how to make the fish bowl fun and healthy for your fish.

Girly Fish Bowls

Girly Fish Bowls

Making a girly fish bowl is a great opportunity for some one-on-one special time with your little girl. Instead of just picking out an expensive kit at the store, you can buy an inexpensive bowl and have fun filling it with all the girly decorations and accessories your little girl picks out. With you lending a helping hand, her girly fish bowl will be perfect to house her new betta. Below you'll find ideas for pink and purple girly fish bowls, plus tips on how to choose the right decorations.

Betta fish and goldfish are hardy and don't need all the frills other fish need. They can live in a smaller tank and they don't need filters or heaters. The only thing they need is to be fed every day and to have their fish bowls cleaned weekly. When choosing a fish bowl, don't worry about how plain it looks. The gravel, plants and decorations will give it all the bling it needs!

The gravel in girly fish bowls is used primarily for decorative effect and also as a support for any other decorations. With that in mind, it needs to be 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep. This makes it pleasing to look at while also providing enough support for your decorations.

Since you're just using a simple fish bowl, you have many different types of gravel to choose from. For an extra decorative effect, try mixing 2 different colors together. Purple and yellow make a good pair. Or purple and blue. Try pink and white for a softened effect. Or pink and red.

Traditional Gravel

Fake plants are used in fish tanks for two reasons. First, they add to the beauty. And second, plants give your fish somewhere to hide, somewhere to play and somewhere to just sit. This reduces stress and makes for a happier fish.

When choosing your plants, keep the small size of your fish bowl in mind. You want enough plants to keep your fish busy without being overcrowded. He needs room to swim around freely, so just choose 3 or 4 small plants. Vary the types and sizes so that some plants are short and fat while others are long and thin and reach all the way to the top of the tank.

These are all fake plants so they'll need to be removed and cleaned every time you clean your fish bowl. If they start falling apart, remove and replace them.

Accents are basically for your viewing pleasure. They include the castles and mermaids and other non-plant decor that sit at the bottom of the tank, those decorations that float up and down, colored lights, and anything that swims through the tank (besides your fish). Accents should be used sparingly and should match or flatter the main color.

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Because fish bowls are so small, they can only handle 3 or 4 small plants and 1 or 2 small accessories. Also keep in mind that everything in the bowl will have to be removed for cleaning.

Inspiration For Your Own Girly Decorative Fish Bowl

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Let's Make A Girly Fish Bowl!

  1. The first step is to give everything a good rinsing (don't use soap!). The bigger stuff like the bowl and plants can simply be held under running water. If you have small gravel, pour it into a colander and rinse it.

    This would be a good time to start a small water fight.

  2. Once everything's been rinsed, dry the bowl. Now you can add any outside decorations like a ribbon tied around the rim, or rhinestone stickers stuck to the sides.
  3. Let your little girl pour the gravel into the bowl until it's 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep.
  4. Now it's time to bury the plants and decorations! Make sure they're spread out enough to let the fish swim freely and then bury the bottom under the gravel. They need to be buried deep enough so that the gravel keeps them from floating up once the water is added.
  5. Once you're done adding the plants and decorations, you can fill the bowl with water. Make sure to only use filtered water because unfiltered tap water can contain chemicals harmful to fish. Fill the bowl slowly so that the gravel and decorations aren't disturbed too much and stop when the water is two inches from the top. Let the water sit for a few hours to make sure it's room temperature, then add the fish!

Don't forget to clean!

Unfiltered betta bowls need to be cleaned once a week in order to keep the fish healthy.

© 2013 Othercatt

Who are you going to make a girly fish bowl with?

Angry Betta and Goldfish Keeper on August 05, 2015:

PLEASE! Don't do this! this is torture for the fish! Betta Fish are tropical fish and need filter AND heater as well as a good sized tank! (5 gallons is the minimum) Goldfish need chiller and filter as well as a 20 gallon tank per fish! bettas can live up to 6 years if taken care properly! goldfish live 20 to 40 years in optimum conditions! no fish can live in a bowl! please don't do this!!!

AnimalHouse on March 21, 2013:

Very adorable and cute fish bowls! Would love to have one. :) Very nice lens.

mockingbird999 on March 11, 2013:

The pink fish tank at the top is adorable. I guess I never really thought about a fish tank being girly or not, but it's a great idea.

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