Owning and maintaining an in-home aquarium is a very popular avocation for many hobbyists. Based on the size of the tank, and the creativity one wishes to exercise in creating any variety of an aquatic setting or theme, the possibilities of coming up with a most creative and visually appealing aquarium are virtually limitless.

Hobbyists that just elect to have fish in their tank are perhaps most common, but with a little creativity, imagination, and research, many aquatic species (not to mention live plant life) can live in the waters along with an endless variety of fresh or saltwater fish species.

Aquarium Superman Rhodactis Mushroom

One colorful and moderately mobile non-fish species to consider is the Aquarium Superman Rhodactis Mushroom. Coming in a variety of colors, they most thrive in areas that experience moderate flow and light. They may at times move about the tank a bit by releasing their foot, settling in where they feel best. This species does not need food specifically for them, as they contain a symbiotic algae that provides them with a sufficient amount of food. They also feed on coral food and phytoplankton.


If you have very small fish, there are a wide variety of shrimp that are compatible with these fish and that add color and variety to the tank. As they are very small, they are afraid of predators, so going with shrimp should be carefully considered if the fish already in the tank are a bit bigger and more aggressive.

Mystery Snails

An easy and colorful addition to any tank are mystery snails. Though no one sits around and watches their progress around the tank, they do move around a bit. They eat fish food and algae they come across on the sides of the tank, over the tank bottom, and off of plants, so they in effect help keep their environment “clean”.

Fiddler Crab

One aquatic addition to the tank that is fun to watch is the fiddler crab (or mini crab). They are species full of energy, walking around the bottom of the tank. Being comfortable in community tanks, they enjoy eating algae, digging through the rocks in the bottom of the tank to nourish themselves. They thrive the best in tanks with plants for climbing, and a small area at the top of the tank above the waterline to “hang out”.

Adding some plant life, along with some exotic and colorful non-fish species to the home aquarium, can add a lot of life and vitality to the tank, making this a centerpiece and conversation topic in any room that it’s in.