Greetings to you, dear visitors and regular readers of my blog. As you may have guessed, I have something to tell you, but before I start a new post, I will tell you where I am missing. And I already disappeared for 5 days, I think you were waiting for a new article, right?
And I disappeared for five days after that, I was rummaging around in aquarium forums in search of sick subjects in aquarism. And, you guessed it, I found it.
The first question asked on the forums is where to get the snags for an aquarium? And they are some guys right in the forehead – go to the store and buy.
On the one hand, this is the right decision, but on the other, not so much. Let’s reason why. First, let’s decide the question – why do we need snags in an aquarium?
I think this: snag, or snags, give the aquarium design a distinctive look. In the first place it is beautiful, and in the second – snags are shelter for some species of fish.
Some species of plants can be attached to the snags; they can serve as supports for underwater terraces. So which tree is suitable for snags?
First, the tree must be dead and there must be no vital sap in it. Perfectly fit the roots of some species of trees that have lain in the marshes, namely in black peat. The roots of such trees as maple, alder, beech, willow, and ash will do as well.
Only there is one important condition – the roots of these trees listed above should fall in flowing waters for quite a long time. In no case do not use trees that have lain for years in ponds littered with industrial and other waste as bark.
Also exclude trees beaten with mold, rot and various fungi. The best form of snags from experienced aquarists are the roots of trees, but the taste and color of a friend is not. Selection of koryag carried out to your liking.
One single piece of advice – do not throw snags into the aquarium, which will strongly resemble different animals or humans. Thus, the aquarium can lose its zest and naturalness in general.
And so, let’s say you chose a pretty root for yourself and take it home. What do you need to do with this root before putting it in your can?
First, clean the tree properly from bark, dirt and other filth. Once you have completed this part of the snag cleaning procedure, proceed to the next step.
Now it is necessary to kill all the undesirable microorganisms that have settled in the drift, to expel the air from it, since thanks to the air that accumulated in the pores of the tree, the snag has a buoyancy.
We begin wood processing with the creation of a saturated salt solution. What does it mean?
Salt in the tank in which the boar will digest is added until the salt no longer dissolves in water and part of it settles to the bottom of the tank with frequent stirring. Salt in no way regret it.
As soon as the solution is ready, take the enameled container into which the snag falls and boil for at least three hours. Here I want to say from myself: it would be better if you digest a snag for several days.
The better you treat the snag, the less nasty things will remain in it, plus in a long stay in the water the tree is saturated with moisture and less time is required for the wood to become saturated with water and not pop up from the bottom of your aquarium.
If the snag is too big for the container in which you are going to digest it, separate sections of the snag are poured with boiling water in turn and leave the snag in it for about 20 minutes. There is another simple option – cut a large snag into pieces, and after processing fasten with fishing line or suckers. After you boil the snag as it should, you need to soak it for a week in cold, often replaced or running water.
Generally keep snag in the water until it stops floating. Usually a snag is placed in a container with water and pressed down with some kind of load in order not to let it float to the surface.
And so, the snag has lain for a week and a half in the water, now let’s check its condition by dipping a snag and some fish in a clean container. They launched the fish, covered them with glass and observed several days over the behavior of the living creatures.
If you notice something unnatural in the behavior of the test subjects, then a snag gradually spoils the water, in which case it is not suitable for a general aquarium.
You can also use a fallen tree (ash, maple, alder and willow), only after it has been processed, the wood will lose its color and turn black. After you have cleaned such wood of dirt and bark, they should be kept for about two weeks in regularly replaced or running water, then the drying process begins.
As soon as the snag has dried, it needs to be treated with large sandpaper, then burn with a blowtorch so that the wood becomes black. What is it for? And the fact is that charred wood will protect the snag from rotting.
After that, the snag is again immersed in water until it ceases to constantly emerge. The water in the vessel with the bark needs to be changed constantly, plus the wood needs to be wiped with a rag each time.
This way you remove a soft, charred layer of wood and soot. Once this procedure has come to an end, such a snag can be safely placed in a common aquarium, just do not forget to check it out as I described a little higher on cheap fish.
There have been cases when aquarists isolate wood from exposure to water after treatment with saline and exposure to water. The snag is dried, and then either partially or completely placed for a couple of seconds in boiling paraffin.
As soon as the snag is pulled out, it is started to be rotated so that the entire surface of the snag is covered with paraffin, after which it is treated with a blowtorch, dispersing paraffin over all areas.
All that I described above applies only to those cases if you decide to get yourself a snag for an aquarium. Why I did not write about the second method – go buy in the store? Yes, because not every store you can find snags of the desired shape, size, and so on.
Not every store in general sells snags, especially for small towns. Therefore, if you want a beautiful penechka for yourself in an aquarium, plant it with cryptocorins or other plants, create a beautiful design, my advice to you is to go to the swamp or the river, look for the necessary material and you will be happy.
Just do not forget to pre-process the snag as I described above.
If you want to buy interesting snags, which will give your aquarium a fabulous look, on the website of Aquacamn you will be able to choose for yourself a suitable specimen. In addition to snags, in the online store you can order aquarium soil and stones of rare rocks, complementing your composition.
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