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Lets Make A Girly Fish Bowl!

Updated on May 14, 2015

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.

First, Choose A Fish Bowl

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!

Koller Products 1-Gallon Glass Fish Bowl
Koller Products 1-Gallon Glass Fish Bowl

I love the nice clean shape of this bowl. Most round bowls have a lip on the top. I never realized the absence of one would make such a difference.

 
Petco Glass Bodhi Betta Bowl, 1.5 Gallon
Petco Glass Bodhi Betta Bowl, 1.5 Gallon

This is one of my favorite fish bowls. I love the shape and even with minimal decorations, it's totally unique and beautiful.

 
Aquarius OT1002 Betta Treasures 1-Gallon Sea Horses Aquarium
Aquarius OT1002 Betta Treasures 1-Gallon Sea Horses Aquarium

This bowl is great if you're looking to be decorative both in and out of the bowl. The sea horses add a cute touch, while the led lighting gives it that extra umph. However, if you're planning on using traditional gravel, the led lighting would be wasted.

 

Choose Your Gravel

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

Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Purple Passion
Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Purple Passion

Typical aquarium gravel looks good when mixed with another color and because of its small size, it's easier to place decorations and plants exactly where you want them. Unfortunately, it's small size also makes the bowl harder to clean. If you decide to use gravel, I would recommend using a strainer to catch the gravel when you clean the bowl.

 

Smooth Glass Gems

Petco Ocean Blue Mix Gel Gems Gravel Accents, 16 OZ
Petco Ocean Blue Mix Gel Gems Gravel Accents, 16 OZ

Smooth stones are shinier and prettier. Plus their large size make it easier to clean the bowl. But their large size also makes placing decorations harder.

 

Shaped Stones

Petco Aquarium Pink Princess Gems Gravel Accents
Petco Aquarium Pink Princess Gems Gravel Accents

Shaped stones offer the most personality and uniqueness, but like the smooth stones, their size and uneven shape makes plant and decoration placement hard.

 

Choose Your Plants

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.

Jardin Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Grass Plants Ornament D
Jardin Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Grass Plants Ornament D

A plant that reaches the top of the bowl will give your fish the opportunity to play from top to bottom.

 

Choose Other Fish Bowl Accessories

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.

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.

Blue Ribbon 5-Piece Aquarium Ornament Decoration Assortment, Kids Fantasy Castle Theme
Blue Ribbon 5-Piece Aquarium Ornament Decoration Assortment, Kids Fantasy Castle Theme

This kit is absolutely perfect for decorating your fish bowl. It comes with multiple decorations, so every time you clean your bowl, you can switch the decorations and give your fish something new to explore.

 
Creative Hobbies Sea Shells Mixed Beach Seashells - Various Sizes up to 2" Shells -Bag of Approx. 50 Seashells
Creative Hobbies Sea Shells Mixed Beach Seashells - Various Sizes up to 2" Shells -Bag of Approx. 50 Seashells

Seashells are great for filling in any empty spaces and also for adding color. This pack of shells is great because the shells come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors.

 

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

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

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

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      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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