Extreme Aquarium Make-overs – A new home for Fishy the fishy with SwellUK

When I was contacted by someone from the team at SwellUK I, initially, wasn’t sure what products I’d be able to review for them considering we have one goldfish and two cats (who spend most of their time hiding from the small person!). I did mention that we were hoping to get some more goldfish and the lovely lady suggested I could get some items to revamp our aquarium!

This, actually, belongs to my my mum’s husband and it’s housed piranhas and goldfish for many years (though not at the same time) but, more recently it stopped being used until we won a fish at the Mop Fair (see my post on these here) and decided to make it more hospitable for him!

Just at the very right you can see Fishy the fishy, who was named by Ethan (if you couldn’t have guessed?!)

As you can see, though, the tank had a Lot of overgrown plans in it and the outside was covered in finger marks, yup, that’d be Ethan too.

The lovely people at Swell sent a lovely box of things for me to try out, to see what would work in our tank – As it was already established we had no chance of using all of it but I picked the two biggest rocks which were a large and a medium in these ‘Mini landscape rocks’, and I used the largest piece of wood that we were sent, too, which is a medium piece of ‘Bog wood’ – I’ll show you some pictures of the pieces I didn’t use after I’ve made the big reveal…

Drum roll please…

Sorry about all of the reflections, polishing up the glass made it a bit harder to take photos! But you can see what I did. I thinned out the plants a bit, but kept plenty (and they’ll grow right back in no time) and then I added the rock which you can see far left and then another towards the right of the gorgeous piece of wood that we got – Might be odd to say gorgeous about a bit of wood but I love it, you should be able to see, where the leaves are poking through, it’s like a little arch (Ethan keeps pointing at it and telling Fishy that he can swim through it; sadly Fishy doesn’t really seem to get it) I needed to use the rocks in those two places for the simple fact that they are anchoring the wood – It should have occurred to me, the moment that I felt how light it was, that it would float but it didn’t until it actually happened. I was pretty exhausted from standing so long by the time I’d finished moving stones around, finding positions that held the wood in place (And trying not to drop anything on Fishy who wasn’t being cautious enough for my liking!).

But it was worth the ows and the exhaustion – I think it was an amazing transformation and the rocks and wood that we sent were much more attractive than those you’d just be able to pick up yourself – The medium bog wood would have cost £5.99, and the medium and large landscape rocks would have been £5.99 and £8.99 respectively so for around £20 you can make a really lovely habitat for your fish – I’m sure once we get one or two more it’ll look soo nice with them all swimming around (maybe one of them will even discover the little arch!).

 This is the small piece of bog wood which costs £2.99 and the next two photos will be of the small and medium piece of ‘Dragon stone’ which would cost £2.99 and £5.99.

As you can see, the three pieces that I didn’t use are all lovely, too, and they’d have cost around £10 to buy so definitely a bargain option – We’re hoping to get a small aquarium once we move, just for some goldfish, as I don’t think we want to cope with any higher maintenance pets any time soon, so these will look lovely in that (And, in all honesty, Swell will be the first place I look when it comes to getting something for our own place – The team is just lovely and I really like what they’ve sent).

If you wanted to take a look at what Swell offer then I’ve got a nice little 10% off code which you can use – It’ll work with your first order, and will only work once per person but could give you a nice saving if you want to revamp your aquarium! The code is – SWELL10 and there’s a minimum order spend of £25 – Hope this can be of help to some of you!

As well as all of these fantastic ornaments that they sent me to review, they also sent me a water testing kit which I will be trying out, and reviewing, in the next two or three weeks.

This post contains press samples – please see disclaimer here


  1. Sarah Barton January 25, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Love me some bark wood! Just remember to boil it otherwise over time it stains the water (speaking from painful experience) haha


  2. beautyqueenuk January 25, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    Ooh this is fab, I am in the process of renewing a lot of my aquarium stuff and plants are the one thing I am getting next as my fish keep eating them x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  3. Charlotte January 25, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    This is awesome my fish would love that. The blackmoor and oranda that are huge! haha although they would probably grow as big as that tank too lol

  4. Laura February 12, 2014 / 11:27 am

    Setup looks great – I love having the wood accessories in the tank rather than the cheesy castles.

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