maintenance, care, compatibility
The aquarium world delights with its diversity. It can be said that each individual aquarium is a work of art.
The uniqueness of each reservoir is due to the diversity of aquarium fish, mollusks, crustaceans, as well as a large selection of aquarium plants.
However, an important role in the design of aquariums is played not only by the above hydrobionts, but also by the creative idea of the aquarist. After all, no wonder there are various styles and trends in decorating aquariums.
When creating your aquarium kingdom, it is important to clearly understand what mood it will carry, how all decorative elements will be arranged, it is important to know the basics of positioning and to be able to create volume in the aquarium.
Below I would like to bring to your attention a photo of beautifully designed aquariums, which are divided in the directions of aquascaping.
– photos of herbalists (Dutch, Amanov aquariums);
– photos of pseudo-aquariums;
– photos of marine aquariums;
– photos of futuristic glo aquariums;
– photos of children’s aquariums and “household” aquariums;
Photo decoration aquarium with live aquarium plants – herbal
Videos with photos of beautifully designed aquariums
It is best to keep aquarium fish for people who see it as a pleasant activity and rest, and not a hassle or problem. After all, it is not enough just to buy an aquarium and run inhabitants into it.
It is also important to be able to care for him so that he would not just like him, but deliver aesthetic pleasure.
The underwater world at home or in the office is a kind of living picture, it is a way to emphasize the individuality of the interior. Aqua design is an integral part of aquarism.
The special uniqueness of it guarantees its own vision of the design of the underwater world. Thinking over their artistic project, real aquarists approach it with all their hearts.
Their main goal is to create an original landscape and a comfortable environment for the life of aquatic inhabitants. Such artistic design allows the most harmonious pour into the interior of the room aquarium.
The design, made by hand, allows you to embody the most incredible design options for compositions, from which it is simply impossible to tear your eyes off. It can be fabulously beautiful sea, rocky scenes, mountain valleys, mangrove forests.
By virtue of your hectic imagination, you can create the most incredible decoration projects. However, they all require a clear concept – from their development to implementation. First of all, you need to decide on the style of the aquarium and its features.
It is also important to take into account the size of the aquarium and its shape, so that the chosen style would be appropriate for a particular area. The selection of the internal filling of the aquarium and its appearance should harmoniously blend into the environment.
Fish are also of great importance. The design is developed for them, with the obligatory consideration of their habitat.
Compositions are depending on the type of fish. Many of them need shelters, without which they can die.
Some of them like to hide in a sandy bottom, some prefer small thickets. The role of shelters is perfectly performed by snags and grottoes. These decorations with special lighting give a special charm and mystery to the underwater world.
They allow you to create unique compositions and a real paradise for exotic inhabitants, a new habitat for which has become your aquarium. Design, made by hand, makes it possible to implement any creative ideas, there would be a desire.
The scenery for the subject environment of the underwater world serves as a safe decoration for the aquarium. But the main component of the internal design is its thriving biosystem.
According to their purpose, aquariums are divided into decorative and special (spawning, selection, nursery, quarantine and others). The most popular of them are species and biotope.
Species aquarium will not only decorate the interior of the house, but also give a unique opportunity to observe a certain type of fish or their closely related species. Its inhabitants have a significant impact on the design of the aquarium.
It’s not difficult at all to do it yourself, but before embodying the idea, you should seriously familiarize yourself with the habits of selected fish in their natural habitat.
Biotope aquariums reproduce the imitation of a natural biotope with a characteristic type of fish, plants, and certain parameters of their habitat.
In 1980, Takashi Amano, a famous Japanese aqua-designer, presented a new direction in the design of aquariums – the natural style. The philosophy of these aquarium paintings lies in the understanding and perception of nature, recreated according to the principle of “Wabi – Sabi” (“modest beauty”).
This style draws inspiration from mountain and forest landscapes, water streams. With the help of various decorative elements (koryag, stones) that define the focal points of decoration, small architectural forms are created.
Their asymmetrical placement, based on the “golden section” rule, makes it possible to set the direction of the natural (natural) sense of perception of the entire composition.
The schooling fish will effectively emphasize the recreated landscapes, will bring diversity to the underwater world and will literally catch up to pay attention to the aquarium. Do-it-yourself design (100 liters volume, at least) of a miniature version in a natural style is better to start with the use of no more than 5 types of plants.
Many people today are keen on breeding marine fish. Preparing a biological environment for them is more difficult, especially with the use of living corals that are quite demanding on water parameters.
But experienced naturalists are quite able to create such an aquarium design with their own hands. 200 liters is the optimal average volume for enjoying the contemplation of the underwater sea.
It should not be overpopulated with living beings, since a limited life support system operates in such a reservoir.
Design a marine aquarium is necessary taking into account its type, which not least depends on the inhabitants. These can be predators (sharks, rays, moray eels), non-predatory fish (zebrasomes, angelfish and other species) or corals and invertebrate sea anemones.
Predatory fish are considered the most unpretentious; invertebrates are more difficult to care for and may die from minor deviations in chemical indicators of water.
For the livelihood of such aquariums is to purchase expensive equipment. It will need to be decoded, it is worth considering when developing the design of the aquarium with your own hands.
The photo shows how you can successfully hide all the wires, hoses and tubes, making out the background with picturesque coral reefs, rocks and shelters for fish in the form of mysterious grottoes and caves.
A beautiful background for the design of the back wall of the aquarium is easily created with the help of special films on which images of the underwater world are applied. They can have just a rich blue color, creating the effect of depth and contrast.
But it is much more interesting to include the background, the size and volume of the tank, the decorations used and incorporate everything into your own designed aquarium: 250 liters; by the way.
It is worth noting that the background of the aquarium often gives the whole composition (especially volumetric) a unique charm and naturalness of the aquatic environment. It is easy to create it with your own hands, using, for example, polystyrene foam broken by different pieces, which is glued to the back wall of the aquarium and painted with special paint with intermittent strokes.
It turns out an excellent imitation of stone background. It can be made in a similar way, using pieces of bark from kryag.
The composition can be created from dead coral, stones from the sea reef. Small invertebrates, polyps and other inhabitants will find shelter in the marine aquarium.
The design of the aquarium, designed and executed by hand, allows for a considerable number of excellent ideas for plot aquariums using exotic plants, shells and sea stones. An incredible number of them can be realized by creating their own “rock gardens”.
And then with pleasure to watch the flickering on their background of bright fish with an unusual color.
The main thing – do not overdo it with decorative elements, plants and inhabitants of the aquarium. Everything should be harmoniously combined, to give pleasure to its creator and not to harm the fish.
Making your own aquarium: ground, snags, accents
Aquariums are different, but most people keep them in order to decorate their home or office with a corner of nature. And then the main task of the aquarium is to be beautiful. It is good if you have the opportunity to turn to professional aqua-designers to design your home or office pond.
And if not? Then you have to act independently, but how, we will tell you now.
The sequence of actions in the design of the aquarium
- Preparation of stones and snags.
- Set the background.
- Equipment installation.
- Placement of stones, snags and grottoes in the tank.
- Sleeping ground.
- Planting plants. Sometimes this is done with a small amount of water (according to the rules for launching, plants are planted several days after pouring water, but if there are many of them and among them there are small and ground covers, it is very difficult to plant them in an aquarium full of water).
- Pouring water.
These are the basic principles of design aquarium. Of course, independently making your aquarium a masterpiece of aqua design is not easy, but this is not the main thing.
It is important that you like him and you enjoy looking at him.
This is a separate huge topic, but the basic principles are quite simple:
- low plants are planted in the foreground
- at the back and side walls – tall, long stem,
- sprawling bushes are usually placed on the middle plan on the sides.
After buying an aquarium, the first question is how to decorate the aquarium. To create a stunning design you need imagination, careful planning, diligence and, of course, the desire to create a miracle. I will give examples of the design of aquariums, talk about styles, materials and give useful tips that can help you in the future.
I wish your beautifully decorated aquarium became the center of attention!
Earlier, in the period of the beginning of aquarism, there was no suitable equipment and specific information about the design of the aquarium. Most kept their fish in ordinary jars, not even dreaming of more.
But time passed and everything changed. The world of modern technology has brought automation and new trends in fashion. There was a whole direction in the design of aquariums, called aquascape.
Now in the tank you can recreate any natural environment, landscape, even be fantastic. It all depends on the idea and the right material.
Let’s talk a little about styles. In the world of art design there are many, and each is something unique.
Consider only the main ones.
The basis of the Dutch style are lush and dense thickets. About 12 species of plants are involved in its formation. For the depth of perception, stem plants selected in color, texture and growth rate are planted in groups from the back wall to the front.
A Dutch-style aquarium needs careful care: periodic pruning of plants, supply of carbon dioxide, proper selection of fish and abundant bait for plants.
Scenery in the aquarium do it yourself: underwater waterfall
Pretty complicated to play style. Its main features are correctly located stones of similar textures and forms in a large open space.
The pseudonatural design of the aquarium is available even to a beginner. Quickly and without special financial costs. In the aquarium is placed the usual soil, plants and fish.
Sunlight or weak fluorescent lamps are used as lighting. No carbon dioxide supply.
Psevdomorskie aquariums were invented by lovers of seascapes. The design is as close as possible to the seabed (corals, shells, and other attributes), but freshwater fish live in the pseudo-sea aquarium.
So, before proceeding to the design, decide which fish will live in it. After all, each need their own individual characteristics of the content.
And it is precisely with this that it is necessary to reckon, and from here to make a start. It is better to once again get acquainted with the habitat and predilections of future tenants than to redo everything anew.
Materials for home improvement can be varied. The main technical nuance of all materials is non-toxic.
Let’s look at some of them.
First of all, it should be noted that in many respects the decoration of the aquarium will depend on its shape, volume, type of inhabitants and, of course, on your individual preferences and tastes. The most traditional and favorite method of decorating aquariums is placing plants in it.
But do not be too zealous, do not put in the aquarium, especially small, all known or liked plants. For example, an aquarium in the form of a glass, decorated with one, but quite lush plant, will look very impressive.
It only emphasizes the elegance and grace of the inhabitant of such an aquarium.
The same principle of minimalism is used in the design of round aquariums. Aquariums of specific forms include angular aquariums, the design of which should take into account their peculiarity – due to the fact that the front glass in them (aquariums) is curved, the visual effect of increasing the size of internal objects and the additional depth of the internal space is created.
Another method of decorating aquariums, no less beloved by aquarists, is the use of snags of the most bizarre forms. Although the content of certain species of fish (for example, cichlids), their presence in the “pond” is even mandatory. In this design, you should also follow the rule “better is less, yes better,” do not be zealous.
The only thing you can focus on is that when you design, for example, a high enough aquarium, the snags can be proportionally high.
And snags, and plants – these are all elements of the design of the bottom of the aquarium. For the same purposes, sand (large river), all kinds of stones and pebbles, artificial grottoes and castles, figurines, and shells are used.
An excellent decoration of any interior will be the so-called thematic aquariums – designed in one particular, specific style, for example, Dutch. Such aquariums are not designed for fish, they grow plants.
And not the last role in the design of “Dutch” aquariums assigned mosses. Especially beautiful and spectacular marine aquariums – in their design are used not only plants and fish (sometimes the most exotic colors), but also other inhabitants of the seas – stars, shrimps, hedgehogs, crayfish, corals.
Some aquarists, to further emphasize the decorativeness of the “home pond”, resort to such a design technique as decorating the back wall of an aquarium. This type of design must necessarily correspond to the general style of the aquarium.
Aquarium and its inhabitants
And, of course, the design of an aquarium depends on its inhabitants, because they contain not only fish, but also, for example, reptiles, in particular, the red-eared tortoise. The peculiarity of the design of an aquarium for the maintenance of the red-eared turtle is that the aquatic environment and a piece of land are necessarily settled.
Create a small island or rock – these turtles love to soak up on land in the sunshine (ultraviolet lamp).
Pay attention to the size of the body of their cichlids. African, South American and Asian (there are several species) species are of different sizes, therefore, require different diets and different water parameters.
All tsikhlovye are prone to aggression towards a partner, if something does not suit them. In the nursery there should be enough shelters so that they can hide from each other during disagreements.
Large cichlids, such as: Oscar, astronotus, cichlasome biocellatum, parrots, meek, chemichromis bimaculatus and others 20-30 cm in size require a large space for swimming. It is not necessary to place small objects in the tank, otherwise they will knock them down and break them.
A modestly designed aquarium consisting of large stones and caves is perfect for them.
Look at the aquarium with large American cichlids.
Small cichlids, such as dwarfs, also love hiding places and hiding places where they endure stress. Fry need a lot of gorges to hide from enemies.
Cichlids from Central and South America sometimes show aggression towards their neighbors in the aquarium, therefore, settling other fish with them, build caves and grottoes in the walls of the reservoir.
Bottom layer of the aquarium should be covered with the appropriate substrate. Aquarium pebbles, medium gravel are suitable for cichlids, because they enjoy digging in the ground, “building” passes and grooves.
The soil must be treated and cleaned from impurities. The rocky substrate will also provide a kind of habitat for pets, because tsikhlovye of the wild nature live in the bottom layer of water, where there are a lot of sediment from rocks.
Choose safe décor items for a cichlid aquarium. The design should not harm the pets, so plan the design in advance, after consulting with a specialist. You can buy an aquarium with all the elements of the decor immediately in the store.
If it has small parts, remove them – the fish can swallow them. Large plants, large snags, large caves and soil are suitable for many medium and large cichlids.
If you find untreated rocks, stones and soil, be sure to wash them with boiling water with steam. Some elements should be infused in boiled water for several days and then placed in a tank.
Aquarium decoration is not allowed when water is already poured into it. First put the product, and then poured water.
Look at the simple and spectacular design of the aquarium.
Use caution when planting aquatic plants, without which it is impossible to create the most comfortable design. Large cichlids cut off small leaves and shoots of small plants.
Make the decoration of the aquarium with the help of large hard-leaved plants, such as: Anubias nana, echinodorus, cryptocoryne, aponoheton ulvovidny, nymphs. The plants must have a strong root system.
Small tsikhlovye not so ruthless to the plants, so indifferent to them, provided the correct diet. Herbivorous cichlids eat vegetation if there is not enough fiber in the feed.
In a cichlid aquarium, be sure to place a large flat rock. It is necessary for laying caviar.
The design and design of the nursery is impossible without this vital detail. Place a stone with a smooth surface in the corner of the aquarium, where the fish usually spawn.