DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice

Every year, aquariums are becoming more popular. This is not surprising, because such designs are not only a stylish decorative element of any room, but also help to get rid of negative emotions. For residents of large cities, this is most relevant. You can buy an aquarium in almost every specialized store, but for handicraft lovers, we suggest do it yourself. It does not require special knowledge or expensive materials, but what you have to stock up is patience.

 Hi-tech apartment with built-in aquarium

Aquarium: step-by-step master classes for beginners

As mentioned above, it is not necessary to have special skills if you are planning to make an aquarium with your own hands. To begin with, it is enough to purchase the necessary materials, namely:

  • glass;
  • file;
  • silicone;
  • scissors;
  • insulating tape;
  • alcohol

Often in construction shops you can ask to cut glass with a special tool. Therefore, before you go shopping, calculate all the dimensions of the future aquarium. When all the materials are selected, you can safely get down to work. First, we process the edges of the glass of each workpiece.

DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice. Step 1, preparing materials

Lay out all the blanks on the work surface, as shown in the photo. Parts that will stick together between each other must be clean, so wipe them with alcohol.

DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice. Step 2, the plan

The next step is applying silicone. Pay attention to the scheme on which the lines of application of this material are marked.

DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice. Step 3, cutting the glass

For reliability, we fix the walls with an insulating tape and leave it to dry completely. Also, you can press the walls slightly to the bottom to release air from the silicone.

DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice. Step 4, fixing the construction

After the workpieces are securely fixed, we apply silicone from the inside to all joints. Leave the structure to dry.

DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice. Step 5, gluing the future product

Even if you think that everything is securely fixed, we recommend not to rush. It is better to leave the construction for at least a few days. Only in this way will you be sure that the aquarium will not start flowing and will not fall apart.

DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice. Step 6, the night stand is ready

Fill it with water and various decorative elements. As you can see, in this case the aquarium will be used only as a stylish, original bedside table.


For those who want to create an amazing world in an aquarium, you should do it a little differently. Of course, to begin with, we make an approximate scheme on paper and calculate the design parameters. Only after this, you can safely go purchase materials.

DIY Aquarium at Home. Step-by-step Instructions and Decoration Advice. Simple design for any home

In the process of work we need the following:

  • blanks from glass;
  • painting tape;
  • silicone adhesive;
  • scissors.

Materials for large aquarium

We glue all the glass pieces with paint tape. This is necessary in order not to stain them with glue. Such preparatory work does not take too much time.

Instruments to make the real-life aquarium

On the inside, apply the painting tape with a small distance from the edge. This is to ensure that the glass pieces are securely attached to each other.

Insulating tape on the glass

By the same principle, we glue not only the side glass parts, but also the front, and also the rear.

Taped glass for future aquarium

The glass that will be the bottom of the aquarium is pasted on all sides, as shown in the photo.

Side surfaces of the future aquarium

Put the book on the work surface and place the bottom of the aquarium on top. We put a small drop of silicone on the butt and leave for two hours. When it is solid, cut it with a blade, leaving a small protrusion. It is this point will guide you in the process of applying silicone. Keep in mind that the glass should never come into contact. Otherwise, the aquarium will simply crack after filling with water.

Testing the contacting surface with silicone glue

We glue the front glass and fix it with a can of water. It is necessary for it to lean on inward.

Adjusting the pieces of the aquarium

The next step is fixing the end glass. It is very important that it is located at a right angle only. For more reliable fixing we use a paint tape.

Gluing the sides of the aquarium

Next we fix the second end glass. The last one is the back wall of the aquarium. It is also very important to glue the painting tape. It helps to hold the glass more tightly and does not let it fall into the aquarium.

After an hour, you can additionally apply silicone to the internal seams. This is especially true if the aquarium is quite large. Leave it a few days before it dries.

The outcome after proceduresAdditional sealing with silicone

We remove the painting tape and fill the aquarium with water to the top. Carefully inspect it and in case the water flows, merge it and dry the seam. Fill it with silicone and leave for another day.

Testing the construction with water

Only after that carefully wash the aquarium, we fill it with water, various decorative elements and if desired put fish into it.

Achieved DIY aquarium at the table

Aquarium design: general recommendations

Of course, the aquarium looks very attractive, even if no scheme is used during the design. But still we recommend taking into account the general style of the room, so that this composition really looked harmonious.

Greenery in the aquariumRock imitating for filling up the aquarium The aquarium with aerator and lighting Gorgeous decoration for the small aquarium

Also, before going for a purchase, it is necessary to decide what exactly you want to see in the aquarium: the flora or fauna? The fact is that all living beings are quite demanding both to environmental conditions and to neighbors. Therefore, if you do not consider this moment, some problems may occur. For example, the destruction of vegetation or the aggressive behavior of some species in relation to others.

Stones under the water in aquarium Bushy seaweed at the bottom of the lit aquarium Bluish colored backdrop in the aquarium

As for the composition schemes for the aquarium, there are only four of them.

  • Convex form is characterized by the location of volume objects strictly in the center. That is, the size of the remaining parts decreases to the edges of the aquarium.
  • In its turn, a concave scheme assumes an entirely opposite arrangement.
  • Often, many people choose a rectangular scheme, as this means that the aquarium can be filled with the same size and height objects.
  • And, of course, the triangular scheme means that the height of all the decorations gradually decreases, forming a geometric figure.

Spectacular underwater life in green tones Pan looking aquarium with sand at the bottom Amazing decoration of the aquarium in the apartment Greenery under the water in lit with LED-light aquarium Stunning resemblance to the fall park in the aquarium

Aquarium in the interior

Amazing plane of the aquarium in living room making portal to another world Black aquarium in the colorful living room Gray shades for the contemporary living with accentual aquarium Large colorful aquarium in modern apartment

Creating and decorating an aquarium is a truly fascinating activity that will appeal not only to adults, but also to children. Try interesting combinations, experiment with the layouts of parts. This is the only way to achieve a truly beautiful result.

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