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Spongebob Fish Tank Decorations

Some of the best cartoon based fish tank decorations come from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. If you have never ever watched this cartoon, I would suggest you go over to YouTube and watch a couple of clips now. But a fair warning, they are addictive.

The thing that makes Spongebob the ideal aquarium theme for your fish tank design is that the entire cartoon is based on life underwater. The main character is a sea sponge, his best friend is a starfish, his neighbor is a squid and his boss is a crab. It’s super easy to build a theme around this cartoon series.

The Spongebob Fish Tank Decorations Characters

To make this theme work, you would have to have a little knowledge about the cartoon. This is so that you do not match the wrong fish tank decorations to each other. To help you out a little, here’s a quick match list:

  • Spongebob is a yellow sponge that lives in a Pineapple house.
  • Squidward is a squid that lives in an Easter Island Head house.
  • Mr Krabs is a crab that runs a restaurant called The Krusty Krab which looks like a barrel on its side.
  • Spongebob’s best friend is Patrick, a pink starfish. If you have both these fish tank decors, put them together.
  • Squidward hates Spongebob. If you have both these aquarium decorations, place them apart.

Other minor characters in the cartoon include Sandy Cheeks (a squirrel wearing a dive suit), Pearl (Mr Krab’s daughter, a whale in a cheerleader outfit), Plankton (a one eyed plankton, Mr Krab’s arch nemesis) and Mrs Puff (a pufferfish, the Boating School teacher).

Knowing the right combination of aquarium decor will make your fish tank design more pleasing and accurate.

Spongebob Fish Tank Decorations

Spongebob fish tank decorations

The different types of Spongebob fish tank decorations available can be classed into three categories: caves, figurines and backdrop. The pictures of each item below is linked to Amazon and if you click on them, you will be able to get a larger picture as well as size specification and price.

Spongebob Theme Caves

spongebob fish tank decorations

Caves play an extremely important part in fish tank decor and if all you have space is for one ornament, then you should select a cave. Caves provide your fish a little hiding hole when they get stressed and this is especially crucial if you have territorial fish in your tank. There are four cave type aquarium decorations that you can choose from in this Spongebob Theme:

Pineapple House: This is where Spongebob lives. I have seen two types of Pineapple House ornaments, one with holes and the other a solid ornament. Makes sure you get the one with holes for your fish to swim into. If you choose to incorporate the Pineapple House, match it with a figurine of Spongebob for a complete effect.

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Smooth Rock: Patrick, Spongebob’s best friend lives under a rock. Get the one with a cave, like this picture. I would recommend a figurine of Patrick to go with it or all you have as a decoration would be a meaningless rock.

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Easter Island Head: This is Squidward’s house. I would say that this is my favorite among all the caves. The Easter Island Head is very artistic and goes well with a number of other themes. Place a Squidward figurine for a better effect.

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Krusty Krab: The Krusty Krab is a burger joint belonging to Mr Krabs. This is also where Spongebob works as a Fry Cook. It looks like a barrel on its side and is very decorative. The holes into it can be a little small for medium to large fish though. If you are selecting this, a figurine of Mr Krabs would be a perfect combination.

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Spongebob Fish Tank Decorations Theme Figurines

There are dozens of different Spongebob theme figurines that you could choose from for your fish tank decorations to a point that you may be confused about which to select. All the figurines are awesome and just like I did before, you may be tempted to get as many of them as you can before finding out that you do not have much room for all of them. To help you with your selection process, I’ve placed the various figurines here according to their characters:

Spongebob Squarepants

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Definitely a must for any Spongebob aquarium theme. He has the largest selection to choose from.

Patrick Starfish

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Spongebob’s dim witted friend. It’s great to have a combination of both characters. There are a few ornaments that combine both characters into one.

Mr Eugene Krabs

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Spongebob’s boss and the owner of The Krusty Krab. He loves money. If you’re getting the barrel, you should get this figurine.

Squidward Tentacles

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Spongebob’s neighbor. Grouchy and negative, hates Spongebob. His Easter Island Head house makes a great ornament by itself but adding him to it will complete the set.

Mrs Puff

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Spongebob’s Boating School teacher. This ornament is one with Spongebob driving a Boat car.

Plankton

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Evil arch nemesis to Mr Krabs. Hates everything and everybody. This is only a minor character that you could do without.

Sandy Cheeks

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A squirrel from Texas with a love for science. This is also a minor character that you can do without.

Gary The Snail

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Spongebob’s pet. Another minor character.

Matching The Set

The rule of thumb here is not to go overboard and pack your aquarium with too many items. You want them to look natural and relaxing. My suggestion is:

For a small tank, just one cave and maybe one figurine. Decide on which character you prefer and match the items.

For a medium tank, two caves and about three figurines. More than this would make it look cluttered.

For a large tank, you can have the complete set of characters. Just don’t have more than one of each or it would look odd.

Backdrop And Setup

Spongebob aquarium background

A Spongebob Aqua Background, like the one you see here, would be the perfect backdrop for your aquarium. It will really complement the theme.

As for the substrate, a good idea is to use medium sized gravel. Plain colored would make the look original, because that is what it looks like in the cartoon but if you want a cartoonish effect, you could get colorful gravel.

Plants are not a necessity because there are none in the cartoon series. If you do want to add plants, add the ones that do not throw the attention off the ornaments or hide the backdrop.

Space the ornaments around evenly, placing the main figurines beside their homes. I would suggest arranging them on your table first before placing them into the tank so that you can see the effect before the final decision.

Also remember to properly wash and sanitize the items before adding them to the tank to remove any chemical residue that may have come from the factory.

The Spongebob Theme is probably the most fun theme I have ever used and highly recommend it if you have kids, they would love it. It requires extremely little artistic flair and is one of the easiest fish tank decorations to find on sale.

About the author

Tim Timothy Kessler has spent over a decade of his life designing and creating aquarium themes using fish tank decorations for personal home aquariums as well as businesses. These days, he enjoys showing people how easy it is to create their own unique themes from simple fish tank decor. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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