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The fascinating beauty of the water depths has always attracted humanity to itself. Amazing landscapes, unusual inhabitants and plants, seen once, forever remained in the memory of man.
Therefore, it is not surprising that most people want to create a small part of this natural miracle in their premises.
And having made a long-awaited purchase of an aquarium, all that remains is to turn on your imagination to its full capacity and fully surrender to the creative process. Indeed, there is little in the world that can be compared with that sense of pride in the whimsical and unique decorations created inside such an artificial reservoir with such diligence and tenderness.
But sometimes there are situations when novice aquarists do not know how to decorate an aquarium at home. Therefore, in today’s article we will consider all the decoration options that allow you to create a unique atmosphere inside an artificial reservoir.
Before you start decorating an aquarium, you should familiarize yourself with some of the rules for its design. So, they include:
- Creating an environment in the aquarium that will be as close as possible to the natural habitat of the inhabitants living in it. So, it is recommended in most cases to stop your choice on the decor having a natural origin.
- Avoid excessive building up of the free area of the aquarium. This will not only make the reservoir artificially bulky, but also greatly hamper its inhabitants. Remember that the aquarium in the first place is not a decoration of the room, and home to living beings.
- Create a variety of shelters or caves. Also a good option would be to build a labyrinth for small aquarium fish.
- The use of decorative ornaments only in the case of special needs.
It is also worth emphasizing that decorations can be both very simple and complex. For example, you can buy a real antique castle or a plain hill made of small pebbles. But there are things without which the design of any aquarium is impossible.
Let’s talk about them in more detail.
As a rule, the design of this decor always gives the aquarium a more natural look. In addition, due to the wide variety of shapes and sizes of this material, it is possible to make from it various shelters for fish and zones for their recreation. But even here there are certain restrictions on the use of certain types of wood.
For example, it is strictly forbidden to use oak for this purpose because of the special tannins released by it into the aquatic environment. Also, do not use the representatives of conifers because of the contents in them of a huge amount of resin.
To create a high-quality and durable wood ornament, wood must be boiled before being added to an aquarium. After that, it is desirable to boil it in an unused pot.
As for the possible structures that can be created from this material, the grotto is, of course, the most popular. It is created as follows.
We select the stump of the appropriate size and clean it from the bark. After that, as mentioned above, boil it in water with a small pinch of salt added to it.
The maximum duration of this procedure should not exceed 30 minutes. Next, cut a doorway in the side of the wood and burn it around the edges.
It is also recommended not to immediately place the resulting product in an artificial reservoir, but to give it some time to lie in cold water, while not forgetting to replace it once a day. And the final step is to fix the created grotto at the bottom of the aquarium with silicone or small pebbles pressed on the sides.
The described method is ideal for processing of logs.
If you want to create a unique aquascape in the walls of your home aquarium, you need to create your own aquarium decorations. For crafts, you can use both special materials from the store, as well as handy, but safe and pre-treated.
Homemade décor can be made from natural or artificial raw materials; these can be simple or complex blanks. Simple decorations include simple grottoes, caverns or wooden decks.
To difficult – “sunken” ships, chests, underwater cities, fancy underwater reefs.
They look natural and recreate the similarity of the natural biotope in which the fish will feel even more comfortable. Wooden roots and snags will have to be processed longer to remove all the rot and parasites. If you accidentally find a rotten area on the surface of the material, immediately scrape it and scorch it.
Remember that wooden snags from coniferous trees that produce resin will not work for an aquarium. Other hard wood raw materials can secrete tannins, dyeing the water, making it soft.
Therefore, such materials should be careful, they are not suitable for all fish.
If you find a dry root or sample of wood, boil it well in water with salt for 6-12 hours. Next, for several days, draw wood in boiled water. Every day you need to pour out the old water, and add fresh.
It is recommended to install the snag not in the corner of the tank; there it will easily swell and damage the glass. It will cut a wooden grotto, where the fish will hide with pleasure.
Psychologists say that the aquarium allows a person to relax and get rid of stress. And if the design of your aquarium is also close to the natural sea or river bottom (this means that it does not contain artificial ships, skulls, chopped vases, colored gravel), then such a piece of nature helps to relax even more.
To make yourself such a corner of nature, you do not need a lot of costs. Everything that can be decorated with an aquarium is under our hands. And the process of creating jewelry for the aquarium is quite fascinating.
Today is very fashionable natural and natural decoration of aquariums. You can buy such jewelry in the store, but why spend money if you can make it yourself?
Naturally and naturally in the aquarium look decorations in the form of snags. Such decorations for the aquarium with their own hands to make simple, and there is no point buying these things in the store.
For its manufacture we find that snag, which, in your opinion, will look great in an aquarium. But with all this, it should not be rotten, rotten and oak wood. Then we treat it by boiling in salt water for several hours.
Then remove the bark to snag was smooth. The most important thing is to place the snag in the aquarium on day 10 after it is filled with water.
When decorating an aquarium with a snag, make sure that it does not float.
How to decorate an aquarium :: aquarium decorations :: Equipment and accessories
If you bought fish and an aquarium, but did not take care of its interior decoration (or maybe just did not have enough money), then you can find a way out of this situation. You only need to personally make or look for decorations for the aquarium.
1. In order to decorate the bottom of the aquarium, you can use natural materials, for example, colorful and bright stones, smooth or chipped. Orange or crimson red color of the stone will tell you about its saturation with iron.
Such stones should not be used to decorate an aquarium, because they will saturate the water with iron.
2. You can also use curly pieces of shell rock, sandstone, or tuff. Only first, disinfect them by brushing them with a stiff brush under running water, rinsing and calcining for 5-10 minutes in the oven.
3. Intricate wooden roots – snags will also complement the overall picture of the aquarium. They also need a certain way to handle. First, treat the surface of the snag with a file.
Give it the desired shape, polish (optional). Then boil the snag for 10-12 hours.
Boil continuously optional. You can boil in salt water intermittently (for 1 liter of water 30 g of salt). After salty, dip the snag into fresh water and boil it there.
Change fresh water from time to time. When the water stops to grow turbid, you can stop boiling.
4. After boiling the surface of the snag is better to cover with a thin layer of epoxy resin or polyester. It is necessary that the snag in the water is not rotted.
It is best to use driftwood caught from a natural pond. It will be enough to grind them and boil for 1-2 hours in fresh water.
5. The bottom of the aquarium can be decorated with natural shells. Just first boil them and rinse. Then the shells should be ignited.
Just do not get involved much in natural shells – over time, they are destroyed and saturate the water with calcium. The water in the aquarium from this becomes tougher.
If you decide to use seashells when decorating the decoration of your aquarium, plant several plants in the aquarium that absorb calcium — such as rhombus, glitter, spring moss or horsetails.
6. It is very beautiful at the bottom of the glass wrapped round the sea. They are also boiled before laying.
And also do not forget about the ground. It is better to use dark soil in an aquarium, such as dark sea sand or sea gravel.
Remember that the selected jewelry should be of high quality, namely, they should not have sharp corners. After all, fish can easily on sharp snags and pieces of glass be hurt.
And do not get carried away with large ornaments – they sometimes distract attention from fish.